Category excellence

Success Story from Nigeria: Billionaire Tony Elumelu Gives Back through Investment in Young African Entrepreneurs

BONUS POST: In honor of all of the members of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) and all those active in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), for which Mr. Elumelu serves as an adviser. Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu was born to a middle-class family in March 1963 in Jos, Nigeria. He has four siblings. Mr. […]

Success Story from Kenya: Social Entrepreneur Kennedy Odede brings Hope to Nairobi’s Slums

Kennedy Odede was born to a teenage mother in 1984. He was the oldest of eight children. Kennedy was raised in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in all of Africa. He recalls getting his first grey hair at age six and being alone and on […]

Success Story from Sudan: Dr. Mo Ibrahim Supports Good Governance and Emerging Leaders

BONUS POST Celebrating those supporting excellent leaders Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim was born in 1946 in Sudan. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt, a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford in the UK, and a PhD in Mobile Communications from the University […]

Success Story from South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Advocate for Human Rights and Social Justice

BONUS POST: I have featured many Mandela Washington Fellows on this site, but not their namesake. This post is long overdue. Nelson Rolihlahla “Madiba” Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mthatha (formerly Umtata) in the Union of South Africa. Initially he grew up with his two sisters. When his father passed away when […]

Success Story from Guinea: Mamoudou Nagnalen Barry, Empowering Future Generations through Education

SPECIAL BONUS POST in honor of October marking one year of African Development Successes. Mamoudou Nagnalen Barry was born in Kankan, Guinea in September of 1985. Barry, as his friends and family call him, was a middle child in a family of 20. With such a large family and very low incomes, it was a […]

Success Story from Ghana: Dr. Francis Amedahe brings Healthcare to 10,000 Villagers

Francis Kodzo Amedahe was born in the village of Kpoeta in Ghana’s southeastern Volta Region in 1953. Unlike most from his village he had the opportunity to receive an advanced education, including a Bachelor of Education (1984) and Master of Education (1989) from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana, and a doctoral degree […]

Success Story from Ghana: Dr. Boachie-Adjei’s Orthopedic Hospital

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei was born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1950. Oheneba fell gravely ill when he was only six years old. He was cured by a locally-born, Western-trained physician and vowed that he too would dedicate his life to saving others. He emigrated from Ghana to the USA in the early 1970s as a 21-year old […]