Monthly Archives: February 2015

Success Story from Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara’s Legacy

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Dr. Ernest Harsch’s book, Thomas Sankara – An African Revolutionary (Ohio University Press, October 2014). It is the first English-language book to tell the story of the late President Sankara’s short life (1949-1987). The engaging, yet brief (160 page) biography draws on Harsch’s extensive firsthand research […]

Success Story from Ethiopia: Bethlehem Alemu’s Fair Trade Businesses

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was born in the impoverished Zenebework area near Ethiopia’s capital city in 1980. She is the oldest of four siblings. Ms. Alemu graduated from Unity University in Addis Ababa in 2004, where she studied accounting. In 2005, using a plot of land owned by her grandmother, Ms. Alemu started a workshop in […]

Success Story from Côte d’Ivoire: Didier Drogba’s Hospitals

Didier Drogba was born in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire in 1978. He left the country at the age of five and moved to France to live with an uncle, Michel Goba, who was a professional footballer (soccer player). After touring with his uncle for three years, Drogba returned to Côte d’Ivoire to live with his […]

Success Story from Liberia: Dr. Rajesh Panjabi’s Last Mile Health

Rajesh Ramesh Panjabi narrowly escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. As a 10 year old, he stood on an airstrip in the capital city of Monrovia in lines of refugees hoping to leave the country for the USA by cargo plane. He knew that many in the lines, unlike him, would […]