Category South Africa

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 South Africa: Sinazo Didiza Advocates for Females’ Reproductive Health Rights

Sinazo “Qaqamba” Didiza was born to a teenage mother in September 1989 in Mthatha, a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Like many teenagers who give birth out of wedlock Sinazo’s mother was unable to raise a child and finish her studies. Nonetheless, she strongly encouraged Sinazo to get an education. Funds […]

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 […]

Success Stories from Africa: 13 Nobel Peace Laureates

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Adekeye Adebajo’s book from 2014, Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent, published by Zed Books. Africa’s Peacemakers describes the lives and accomplishments of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates from Africa (Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Frederik Willem de Klerk from South Africa, Anwar […]

Success Story from South Africa: Fred Swaniker and The African Leadership Academy

Fred Swaniker’s family left Ghana when he was just four years old. The family moved about such that Mr. Swaniker lived in four African countries before he was 18 years old. As a young man, while living in Botswana, Mr. Swaniker’s recently widowed mother was asked by her community to start a school. She agreed, […]