Julius Yego

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(born 4 January 1989) is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 metres. He won the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and at the African Championships in Athletics in 2012 and 2014; at the 2013 World Championships he placed fourth, losing a medal in the final round. In 2014, he became the first Kenyan to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in a field event.

At the 2015 World Championships he won the gold medal with a throw of 92.72m, becoming the first Kenyan to win a World Championships gold medal in a throwing event.

Yego was born in Cheptonon (Saba River) location in Tinderet, Nandi District. Continue reading “Julius Yego”

Paul Pogba

Paul Labile Pogba (born 15 March 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus and the France national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder and is comfortable at playing both in attack and defence.

Pogba was described by his former club Manchester United as a “powerful, skilful, and creative” player who has “an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular”. In Italy, he gained the nicknames Il Polpo Paul (“Paul the Octopus”) for his long legs that look like tentacles during tackling or running and “Pogboom” for his explosive style and energy on the pitch. These characteristics have led him to be compared with former France international Patrick Vieira. He received the Golden Boy award for 2013, given to the best under-21 player in Europe, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014, awarded to the best under-23 player who has participated in European competitions. Continue reading “Paul Pogba”

Ihab Abdelrahman El-Sayed

Ihab El Sayed Abdelrahman (born 1 May 1989) is an Egyptian athlete competing in the javelin throw. His personal best is 89.21 m achieved in May 2014 in Shanghai. El Sayed splits his time between Kuortane, Finland, where his coach Petteri Piironen is based, and Cairo, where he is a student.

Vérone Mankou

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At 27 years old, is one of the young prodigies of the net in Africa.His home country is considered of the most difficult places in the world to do business. But Verone Mankou has blazed a trail as the man who created Africa’s first tablet – a gadget for people who cannot afford Apple’s iPad.

In December 2011, Vérone Mankou also launched the first African “tablet computer”, the Way-C and in 2012, he added the first African smartphone, Elikia (“Hope” in Lingala, the native language in Congo). He just worked out a basic phone (“) via his innovating company, VMK.

His dream: compete with the big American and Asiatic trademarks and offer products at a lower cost to the largest number of people.

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Mark Essien

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Hotels.ng is a Nigerian hotel booking website. It has recently secured an investment of $1.2m from international investors EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund, a seed-stage technology fund, and Omidyar Network, the investment vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Founded in 2013 by Nigerian entrepreneur , Lagos-based Hotels.ng aims to provide affordable, safe and convenient online bookings for Nigerian hotels for both tourist and business travelers. It currently has a listing of more than 7,000 hotels in 21 regions across Nigeria and has facilitated up to two million hotel reservations since its inception.

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Adii Pienaar

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Adii successfully turned his one-man web design business into WooThemes, a multimillion dollar company. Not being based in a mainstream tech hub (WooThemes was born on the “edge of the world” in Cape Town, South Africa), Adii helped overcome the geographical odds to grow the “Woo”-brand into a brand that is recognized worldwide (with more than a million users). In the past he also managed to successfully rename himself as “Adii Rockstar” and he now claims that was an exercise in branding.

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Khaled Shady

Twenty-two-year-old Khaled Shady is the Egyptian entrepreneur behind Mubser, an invention that assists the blind and visually impaired to identify and navigate around everyday objects.

Mubser is an early-stage technology startup that building a new cutting-edge technology for the blind around the world.

Mubser is a wearable belt with a Bluetooth headset for visually impaired people that guide them to move and navigate in a safe, quick and easy way besides, it also let them recognize the most common objects/obstacles they would face in their daily life. Whenever an object/obstacle comes into the user’s path, Mubser would notify him for the presence of this object/obstacle through a vibration motors, in addition to if this object/obstacle is one of the most common per-defined objects/obstacles within Mubser’s system, the user would hear the name of this object/obstacle through the Bluetooth headset. Mubser heavily rely on utilizing the RGB image and Infrared depth data captured by Microsoft Kinect to recognize the incoming obstacle/object and its direction.

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Abdul Samad Rabiu

CON (born 4 August 1960, Kano Nigeria) is a Nigerian businessman. His father, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu was one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s. Abdul Samad is the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture with a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of Nigerian Bank of Industry. Continue reading “Abdul Samad Rabiu”

Femi Otedola

(born 1967 in Epe, Lagos State) is a Nigerian businessman. He is Chairman of Forte Oil Plc, and appeared as one of only two Nigerians (alongside Aliko Dangote) to appear on the 2009 Forbes list of 793 dollar-denominated billionaires in the world, with an estimated net worth of over US$1.2 billion. Femi Otedola is the Nigerian President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenon Petroleum and Gas limited. Continue reading “Femi Otedola”

Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria, during the African Fellowship Programe with Young Global Leaders announcement at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2011 held in Cape Town, South Africa, 4-6 May 2011. 

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GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire businessman, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in and other African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo,Tanzania and Zambia. As of January 2015, he had an estimated net worth of US$18.6 billion.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, an ethnic Hausa from Kano State, Nigeria, born into a wealthy Muslim family. Dangote said, “I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets [sugar boxes] and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business, even at that time.” Continue reading “Aliko Dangote”

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is an Africa-based international research-for-development organization, established in 1967, and governed by a board of trustees. Our vision is to be one of Africa’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger and poverty. We have more than 100 international scientists based in various IITA stations across Africa. This network of scientists is dedicated to the development of technologies that reduce producer and consumer risk, increase local production, and generate wealth. We are supported primarily by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, www.cgiar.org).