amazing africa

Tegla Loroupe (b. 1973) is a long-distance runner from Kenya. She has been the World Half-marathon champion three times, and held the world marathon record, as well as the records for 20, 25, and 30 kilometres.

She has won several important marathons, such as the New York, London, and Berlin ones. Additionally, she is a devoted advocate for women’s rights and education, establishing a school and an orphanage in her native Kenya. She founded the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, promoting world peace through sports and cooperation.

Isabel dos Santos (b. 1973) is an Angolan businesswoman, the first female billionaire in Africa, and currently the richest woman on the continent. She holds management positions in several European companies.

She is the chairwoman of Sonangol, the national oil company of Angola. She is also the President of the Angola Red Cross. Publications such as Forbes and Politico named her as one of the most influential women in the world, praising her business strategies.

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Chef, Monica Galetti tries to start a feminist revolution amongst the women of the Samburu tribe and fails.

The Samburu people live in northern Kenya, where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the northern desert. As cattle-herding Nilotic people, they reached Kenya some five hundred years ago, moving southwards along the plains of the Rift Valley in a rapid, all-conquering advance. Since their society has depended on cattle and warfare the men herd the cattle and are warriors.

Theodosia Okoh (1922-2015) was a stateswoman and teacher from Ghana. She was the one who designed the national flag of the African country in 1957.

She submitted the winning design after Ghana obtained its independence from the United Kingdom. She was also influential in bringing hockey to the country: she was the first female chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association, and served as the President of the Ghana Hockey Federation for more than 20 years.

Stone Forest - Madagascar

Madagascar is famous for its biodiversity. 90% of the species of flora and fauna found on the island are not found anywhere else in the world. 

The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park sits on the west coast and and is characterised by its sharp limestone formations that create what is known as the stone forest. These rocks make the forest nearly impenetrable, and are razor sharp, cutting easily through protective clothing and flesh. 

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) was a South African author and activist, best remembered for her novels which explore important issues of the day, and offer progressive views towards their resolution. Her most famous work is Story of an African Farm, which deals with controversial aspects such as religion and the treatment of women in society.

Other important works include Woman and Labour, with themes of socialism and gender equality, or From Man to Man, which extends to also include a condemnation of racism along with sexism. In 1907 she became the vice-president of the Women’s Enfranchisement League in Cape Town, but refused to continue working for them when other branches of the organization tried to exclude black women from the suffrage cause.