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9 GREATEST AFRICAN INNOVATORS IN ARTS AND SCIENCES

A Nigerian writer notable for his plays and poems, in 1986 Akinwande “Wole” Soyinka was the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. Soyinka bases his writing on the mythology of his own Yoruba tribe and connects his plays to traditional African theater, dance, and music. Though he primarily considers himself a playwright, he has written novels and several volumes of poetry. After earning his doctorate in the United Kingdom, he worked at the Royal Court Theatre in London, where he wrote and produced plays. He later returned to Nigeria to study African drama, start an acting company, and teach literature and drama at the country’s universities.   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nigerian-born Adichie is the author of three novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Americanah. The book describes the affecting journey of a Nigerian woman who takes her chances in America as an emigrant, not because of poverty or hunger in her homeland, but to escape what she calls the “oppressive lethargy of choicelessness.” The book is also a penetrating discourse on what it means to be black and how views of identity differ betweenAfrican Americans and American Africans.     British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher and writer Kwame Anthony Appiah has a range of intellectual pursuits that includes the history of ideas in Africa, moral and political theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and fiction writing. His nonfiction book,...

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Camille Wardrop Alleyne: Women in Science

Meet Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, a brilliant aerospace engineer whose accomplishments in that field have been extraordinary. Currently one of the most-recognized women in aerospace engineering, She is the Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station, leading an international task force in educational and public outreach campaigns for the station as well as to attract more young people into the sciences.  She is the recipient of several recognition awards from NASA, she has played a lead role in the design and development of space vehicles, among them the state-of-the-art Orion crew exploration vehicle. She has also received commendations from the US Department of Defense for her work on its ballistic missile defence...

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Philani Dladla: The Pavement Bookworm

Philani Dladla, a 24 year old ‘pavement Bookworm’,  he sits on the median of Empire Road in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, reading.  He gives book reviews to drivers, enticing them to purchase a book from him.  He has read all the books in his collection and is always seeking for more to read. He then sells some of his books as a way to raise money for himself and some of his homeless friends. He’s a great role model on the power of reading and can be an amazing ambassador for young people. Philani says “Some of those who drive past look down on me, like I do not exist, but others see me for what I am – a dispenser of knowledge and happiness.” Check out Philani’s video here. Wonderful story of inspiration!...

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