African Influencers For Development 



Africa's Young Innovators Blaze The Trail Against COVID-19



By Ahunna Eziakonwa

Build forward better. This is the mantra for global recovery from COVID-19 and Africa is no exception. The world continues to falter under the weight of an unprecedented pandemic. Nothing is spared – not economies, not politics – and most unfortunately, not lives.

But we also observe something different – as prescriptive orthodox models fracture, paving way for the previously hidden talent and ingenuity in Africa’s young people to thrive.




By Ahunna Eziakonwa and Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin 

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the world’s youngest population, and one that is increasingly well-educated and teeming with innovative talent and entrepreneurial drive. Almost as soon as the COVID-19 alarm rang, long before African governments and their development partners realized it, Africa’s startups saw opportunities and sprang into action.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Series 2 Of UNDP's Hekima Series


Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf participated in the second session of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Hekima Series, which seeks to explore new ideas and solutions to combat the impact of COVID-19 on African people and societies.



In the first edition of the UNDP’s Hekima Series, Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka shared his thoughts on a range of transformational solutions for a new Africa. The central theme was a call to focus on shared humanity as a tenet to achieving social, economic and political progress in Africa.


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