Category women

Success Story from the Gambia: Salimatou Fatty, Advocate for Children’s and Women’s Rights

Salimatou Fatty was born in Kerewan village in the North Bank Division of the Gambia in 1994 to modest and loving parents Aja Fatoumatta Jarra Ceesay and Alhajie Saikou Fatty. When she was just one year old, her father passed away. Salimatou is the seventh of her mother’s nine children, but has nearly 20 siblings […]

Success Story from Chad: Amalkher Djibrine Souleymane, Empowering Women and Youths

Amalkher Djibrine Souleymane was born in N’Djamena in August 1991. She began primary school in Bol, a town located near Lake Chad. Her family moved east to the town of Biltine when she was four years old, where Amalkher started her education and became the first child to be registered at a small library in […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Chinenye Sarah Ogoko is Empowering Young Rural Women

Chinenye “Nenye” “Cha-Cha” Sarah Ogoko was born the second of five children in March 1992 in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in southern Nigeria. She attended God’s Time Nursery and Primary School in Nnewi Anambra State and graduated from Bishop Lasbrey Girls Secondary School in Owerri in 2008. As a youth her father inspired […]

Success Story from Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s First Female President

BONUS POST: Celebrating Nobel Peace Prize winners. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, Liberia in 1938. She attended the College of West Africa at Monrovia, moved to the USA with her husband in 1961, and went on to receive three degrees from US-based institutions: a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Madison Business College […]

Success Story from Uganda: Cinderella Anena Supports Peace Initiatives, Gender Equity, and Reproductive Health

Cinderella Anena was born in 1991 and grew up in Kitgum district, Northern Uganda. She was a lively and inquisitive child who excelled at school and enjoyed playing outdoors. At the age of 12 Cinderella became active in Peace Clubs, which were a popular means through which primary school children could advocate for the rights […]

Success Story from Ghana: Hikmat Baba Dua, An Advocate for Women’s Education

Hikmat Baba Dua was born in April 1990 in Tamale, the conservative northern regional capital of Ghana. As a youngster, Hikmat’s father, who is more than proud of her today, told her that “educating a girl is useless.” The statement so distressed young Hikmat that it became a turning point in her life, one that […]

Success Story from Benin: Sara Idohou is Empowering Women and Youths

Aye Femi Cynthia Sara Idohou was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 1990. She was raised in Cotonou in the Republic of Benin. Sara is the firstborn in her family, which was something of a disappointment to her father, who had hoped for a son. Expectations were high for her when she was growing up. Her father […]

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 Sierra Leone: Dr. Sylvia Blyden, an Advocate for Women and Youths

Sylvia Olayinka Walmina Oreshola Blyden was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in October 1971 to a family of achievers. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Edward Wilmot Blyden, who is considered the “father of Pan-Africanism.” Her maternal grandfather is the politician Solomon A. J. Pratt, and her paternal grandfather is the late diplomat Edward Wilmot Blyden […]

Success Story from Tanzania: Amnah Ibuni’s Sure Steps School

Amnah Feisal-Amin Ibuni is a young Tanzanian woman who was born in 1987 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. When her father passed away when she was only eight years old she and her family moved back to Tanzania. Growing up in Zanzibar, Amnah was distressed when she witnessed many of her female friends drop out of […]