Arthur Zang

Arthur Zang, a 24 year-old Cameroonian engineer, invented the Cardiopad, a touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them. The device spares African patients living in remote areas the trouble

Chris Nsamba

Chris Nsamba

You could say Chris Nsamba has always been something of an overachiever. By the age of 16 he’d already won three science competitions for adults. Now in his late 20s, the Ugandan is still dreaming big: He hopes to build and launch the first African manned shuttle into space. “It isn’t about money, it isn’t

Thulani Madondo


“Kliptown is a community of plus or minus 45 000 people without a lot of basic things like electricity.” In Kliptown poverty  ravages the land, but one person is trying to change the future of this town. Thulani Madondo grew up in Kliptown, sharing a metal shack with his mother and seven other siblings. Madondo

Boniface Mwangi


Boniface Mwangi is an award-winning Kenyan photographer. For four years he held a staff photography position at The Standard, the second largest Kenyan newspaper, taking on various assignments of increasing responsibility in a number of countries. Boniface became the eye of Kenyans during the 2007 post-election violence and showed courage and compassion to capture thousands

Joel Mwale


Instead of focusing his energy on making a full recovery from dysentery, Mwale Joel was thinking of a master plan. At the age of 16, Mwale contracted dysentery from contaminated water that had been provided to his community during the dry season. The thought of having such a serious health risk in his community sparked

YALF Fellows Contesting for Public Office in the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria


The Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship (YALF) is an annual youth democracy program designed to identify and equip youth with high leadership pedigree to join politics and run for public office. The purpose is to increase the participation and emergence of exceptional young thought leaders into political leadership in order to leapfrog national development and prosperity.

Neftaly Malatjie


Neftaly Malatjie has a passion for social entrepreneurship and a track record of commitment to community work. Since the age of 11, he has worked as a preschool teacher, peer educator, library assistant, HIV/Aids counselor, drugs awareness and prevention teacher, learning and development advisor and afternoon care coordinator. At age 20, Neftaly Malatjie is already a distinguished leader in his community

Emmanuel Jal

Melbourne Festival | Notes from the Hard Road and Beyond

The hip-hop artist has used music to draw attention to the plight of child soldiers, a life he knows well. Jal was born in war-torn Sudan and conscripted to be a soldier as a young boy after trying to cross into Ethiopia for a chance at an education. He eventually escaped and was adopted by