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 […]

Success Story from Ethiopia: Hailu Tessema’s Mama Fresh Business

Hailu Tessema was born in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa 62 years ago. He graduated from Asfaw Wossen comprehensive high school in Ethiopia in 1973 and obtained employment in the supply department of a construction company where he worked for around 15 years. He also served as the General Manager at Ethiopian Coffee Roasters Association for […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Dr. Seyi Oyesola’s “Hospital in a Box”

Seyi Oyesola was born in Nigeria, but spent much of his childhood growing up in Cleveland, Ohio in the USA. After graduating from high school in 1975, Mr. Oyesola returned to Nigeria and obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree and, in 1986, his Medical Degree from the University of Lagos. In Nigeria Mr. Oyesola was […]

Success Story from South Africa: A Review of Tutu & Tutu’s The Book of Forgiving

When South Africa transitioned to majority rule in 1994 and Nelson Mandela took on the presidency many questioned whether the country could peacefully transition to a post-apartheid state. A main way in which South Africa sought to move forward was the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1995. In 1996 the TRC […]