Category health

Success Story from Cameroon: Samuel Eto’o Gives Children a Chance

By guest blogger Justine Maisha Davis* Samuel Eto’o is the most decorated African football player of all time, winning the African Player of the Year award four times. Born in Cameroon, to a middle class family, he was trained at the Kadji Sports Academy in Douala before beginning training at the Real Madrid youth academy in […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Nwankwo Kanu’s Heart Foundation

Nwankwo Kanu was born in Owerri in southeastern Nigeria in 1976. By the age of 15 he was playing professional football (soccer). From 1994 to 2000, he played for the national team and served as its Captain. Kanu became legendary for his soccer skills. He won an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996, has […]

Success Story from South Sudan: John Dau’s ‘Lost Boys’ Clinic

John Bul Dau was born in 1974 in what is now South Sudan. In 1987, when John was 12 years old, his village, Duk Payuel, was attacked in the middle of the night by government forces from northern Sudan and his family was scattered due to the violence. Mr. Dau consequently spent three months traveling […]

Success Story from Egypt: Fred Soper’s Malaria Control Campaign

Fred Soper was born in 1893 in Kansas in the USA. He was the third of eight children. His father was a pharmacist and his mother a teacher. Mr. Soper earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1914 and a Master’s in Embryology in 1916 from the University of Kansas. He received his M.D. in 1918 from […]

Success Story from the DRC: Dikembe Mutombo, a most Generous Athlete

Mr. Dikembe Mutombo was born in Kinshasa in 1966 in what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He grew up in a comfortable home with his parents and siblings in a city with high crime and poverty rates. In high school, Mutombo was an excellent soccer goalie and practiced martial arts. Due to […]

Success Story from Sudan: Sir Henry Wellcome’s Tropical Research Laboratories

In 1870, at the age of 17, Henry Wellcome left his home in Wisconsin in the US mid-west and moved to neighboring Minnesota for work. Recognizing his potential, family friend William Mayo, one of the founders of the famous Mayo Clinic, encouraged Mr. Wellcome to head east to study at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. […]

Success Story from Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi provides Healthcare for Millions

When Hawa Abdi was just 12 years old her mother died due to complications associated with childbirth. Distraught and determined to understand why her mother had died, Hawa Abdi studied medicine and, in 1971, obtained a medical degree. The following year, in the wake of her grandmother’s death, Dr. Abdi learned that Somali laws prevented […]

Success Stories from Africa

Welcome to African Development Successes I started this blog because I was tired of all of the negative mass media coverage of the continent.  I wanted to share with others that there are many excellent African leaders engaged in development efforts in their home countries and beyond.  This site shares uplifting stories about the positive […]