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Mo Ibrahim: Now is the time for Afro-realismupdated Fri Apr 11 2014 06:33:50

Over the last 20 years, the narrative on the African continent has shifted from Afro-pessimism to Afro-optimism. The truth lies somewhere in between. Now is the time for Afro-realism: for sound policies based on honest data, aimed at delivering results.

The day that changed Kenya: How medics saved lives in deadly Westgate attackupdated Wed Apr 09 2014 06:46:07

It's a date etched in the minds of every Kenyan -- September 21, 2013. At the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, a youth cooking competition was underway, friends laughed as they sipped coffee and families strolled idly through supermarket aisles.

Helping Kenya's vulnerableupdated Mon Apr 07 2014 15:59:45

CNN's Zain Verjee meets Abbas Gullet who is the Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society.

How Red Cross innovatesupdated Mon Apr 07 2014 15:56:00

Kenya's Red Cross boss Abbas Gullet on how further investment can help the organization take things to the next level.

Terror attack changed Red Cross bossupdated Mon Apr 07 2014 15:47:18

Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross Society, on the lessons learned from the 2013 attack on Westgate mall.

How access to power can fuel Africa's economic growthupdated Fri Apr 04 2014 05:39:40

Ending energy poverty is central to my vision of a resurgent Africa.

Cosmetics queen battles against skin bleachingupdated Tue Apr 01 2014 06:14:14

She started her business with just £100, lugging her beauty bag from door to door, but some 25 years later Grace Amey-Obeng has built a multi-million dollar cosmetics empire that's helping change the perception of beauty for many.

Beauty school transforms livesupdated Mon Mar 31 2014 10:42:38

Cosmetics boss Grace Amey-Obeng on grooming the next generation and making a difference in her native country of Ghana.

African beauty empire built on just $100updated Mon Mar 31 2014 10:37:05

Grace Amey-Obeng on her Ghana-based beauty conglomerate which includes a school, a factory and retail stores.

Promoting black beautyupdated Mon Mar 31 2014 10:10:52

Grace Amey-Obeng knows business and beauty. As CEO of a cosmetic empire in Ghana, she's bringing positive change to her country.

Adama Paris to fashion industry: 'Stop discrimination, black is beautiful'updated Thu Mar 27 2014 06:55:35

Wearing a stylish red dress and a beaming smile, celebrated fashion designer Adama Paris sits comfortably inside her spacious living room in Dakar, the vibrant seaside capital of Senegal, as we discuss her inspirations.

Putting Africa on the fashion mapupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 13:18:18

Senegalese fashion designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye reflects on her incredible career and exciting new venture.

Rapping for respect: Meet the 18-year-old singer standing up for women in Egyptupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 07:22:03

As she took to the stage, both judges and spectators alike were unsure what the young Egyptian woman would do. Standing before the mic, dressed head to toe in a soft pink ensemble complete with a matching veil, Mayam Mahmoud was about to perform in front of an audience for the first time. Then, a hard-hitting beat began to blare out of the speakers and the 18-year-old started to rap.

Surfing inspires Senegalese designerupdated Mon Mar 24 2014 12:16:18

Adama Amanda Ndiaye on how the ocean inspires her work as a designer.

Designer's exciting new ventureupdated Mon Mar 24 2014 12:12:49

Senegalese fashion designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye talks about her plans to launch a fashion television channel.

'Death Then, Life Now': Intimate images capture the new Rwandaupdated Fri Mar 21 2014 06:52:41

Go to Google and type in Rwanda and the word genocide creeps in instantly. Do a similar search in Google Images and your screen is quickly inundated with piles of scattered hacked bodies, grisly mountains of skulls and long columns of fleeing refugees.

How do you mend a child's broken heart? Tales of triumph from a top surgeonupdated Wed Mar 19 2014 06:43:22

Betty Gikonyo's life changed forever at 30,000 feet.

Making surgery affordable for Kenyansupdated Mon Mar 17 2014 19:26:51

Pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Betty Gikonyo talks about raising funds for those in need of life-saving procedures.

Top surgeon puts motherhood firstupdated Mon Mar 17 2014 15:02:35

Kenyan doctor Betty Gikonyo on how having children has helped her better "understand the complexity of life."

Surgeon treats kids with ailing heartsupdated Mon Mar 17 2014 14:45:06

Dr. Betty Gikonyo is one of Kenya's leading pediatrics heart surgeons and founder of the Karen Hospital outside of Nairobi.

Inside Morocco's argan oil co-opupdated Mon Mar 10 2014 07:54:45

Zoubida Charrouf opens the doors to her argan oil processing facility which empowers local women. CNN's Errol Barnett reports.

The business of argan oilupdated Mon Mar 10 2014 07:52:19

Research scientist Zoubida Charrouf explains why Moroccans don't always reap the financial benefits of the country's argan oil.

Passion drives Moroccan professorupdated Mon Mar 10 2014 07:49:04

CNN's Errol Barnett meets Zoubida Charrouf who has uncovered some of the many riches of Morocco's argan oil.

Biyi Bandele: Making movies to tell Africa's real storiesupdated Tue Mar 04 2014 08:27:02

A young boy sits in his bedroom staring up at the poster of Bruce Lee hanging on the wall. Like most kids in Kafanchan, a small town in the heart of Nigeria, he is a big fan of the martial arts supremo, frequenting the local cinema which almost exclusively shows Hong Kong karate movies or Bollywood films.

It's who you know! Hollywood filmmaker Sanaa Hamri on her mentorsupdated Tue Feb 25 2014 07:53:48

Music video and film director Sanaa Hamri moved to New York with dreams of making it big as an actress. But like so many others, she found herself struggling through endless auditions and unemployment. Born worlds away in the town of Tangier, Morocco, Hamri wasn't afraid to fight back. She'd grown up in a traditionally male-dominated society and her rebellion against gender stereotypes had helped put her on this creative career path.

Hamri: Mariah believed in meupdated Tue Feb 25 2014 07:26:58

Moroccan-born Sanaa Hamri on how the Grammy-winner helped her transition from editor to sought-after music video director.

Minority director tackles tough issuesupdated Tue Feb 25 2014 07:15:32

Moroccan-born director Sanaa Hamri talks about her 2005 film "Something New" which explores interracial dating in America.

From Morocco to Hollywoodupdated Tue Feb 25 2014 07:09:48

Music video and film director Sanaa Hamri shares her journey from Tangier to the big studios in Hollywood.

'The winds of change are massive!' Tech innovator calls African diaspora to come back and make a differenceupdated Tue Feb 18 2014 07:32:58

What do the Apollo space missions, laser eye surgery and sustainable cocoa have in common? These are just some of the historic breakthroughs that IBM research labs across the world have helped become a reality over the years.

Stewart: 'IBM believes in Africa'updated Fri Feb 14 2014 10:47:44

The chief scientist at Africa's first IBM research lab talks about the company's commitment to the continent.

Does Africa need 'Africanized solutions'?updated Fri Feb 14 2014 10:29:04

IBM research boss Uyi Stewart on the need to create innovative solutions for African challenges.

IBM boss' quest to reverse brain drainupdated Fri Feb 14 2014 10:26:25

CNN's Nima Elbagir meets Nigerian-born Uyi Stewart -- the chief scientist at Africa's first IBM research lab.

'Mysterious and magical': Lupita Nyong'o on the power of performanceupdated Fri Feb 14 2014 05:26:40

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o has become a new critics' darling after her breakout role in last year's hit movie "12 Years A Slave."

Desmond Tutu: Imagine world without nuclear weaponsupdated Thu Feb 13 2014 10:38:25

In February 1990, the same month that Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba, walked free after 27 years behind bars, South Africa's then-President, Frederik Willem de Klerk, issued written instructions to dismantle the nation's atomic arsenal.

Lupita Nyong'o: Race doesn't define meupdated Mon Feb 10 2014 10:48:56

The Kenyan actress and star of "12 Years a Slave" on her experience with race in America.

The rise of Lupita Nyong'oupdated Mon Feb 10 2014 08:39:11

The "12 Years a Slave" star opens up about working behind the scenes and transitioning into acting.

Oprah inspires '12 Years a Slave' starupdated Mon Feb 10 2014 08:29:15

Lupita Nyong'o on preparing for her breakout performance in Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed film.

'12 Years a Slave' star's defining momentupdated Mon Feb 10 2014 07:34:23

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o on her breakout role as a young slave who endures a volatile relationship with her master.

Lupita Nyong'o: From Kenya to Hollywoodupdated Mon Feb 10 2014 07:24:58

The "12 Years a Slave" star talks about her unique upbringing and why she was afraid to pursue acting as a full-time career.

Ex-gardener takes over run-down school and turns it into one of nation's bestupdated Fri Feb 07 2014 06:15:39

It's early in the morning on a sunny mid-January day and Khensani primary school is buzzing once again. Cheers and laughter fill the schoolyard as groups of arriving pupils line up in rows under a big red kiosk. After a long summer break, it's back to school time -- and rules need repeating.

'Africa is not a country': Students' photo campaign breaks down stereotypesupdated Fri Feb 07 2014 05:39:50

They say there are no stupid questions -- or are there?

Educator transforms ailing schoolupdated Mon Feb 03 2014 09:50:04

African Voices meets award-winning principal Fannie Sebolela who is putting young South Africans on a path to success.

Sebolela: 'Knowledge builds confidence'updated Mon Feb 03 2014 09:49:38

Fanni Sebolela talks about his approach to teaching -- which was recognized at South Africa's National Teaching Awards.

Can gardening promote education?updated Mon Feb 03 2014 09:47:23

South African principal Fannie Sebolela explains how gardening helps create a better learning environment for students.

Bassey: 'Work-life balance is a myth'updated Mon Jan 27 2014 12:39:46

Nigerian lawyer Beatrice Hamza Bassey on combining family life with a successful career.

African attorney's meteoric riseupdated Mon Jan 27 2014 12:17:48

Beatrice Hamza Bassey on moving to the U.S. and eventually making partner at top law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

Nigerian lawyer breaks down barriersupdated Mon Jan 27 2014 09:49:15

CNN's Zain Asher talks to Beatrice Hamza Bassey, the first African partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S.

Refugee runner reunites with familyupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 19:59:01

Olympian Guor Mading Maker on the emotional return to his home village in South Sudan.

'Man without a country' gets a fresh startupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 14:20:44

Marathon runner Guor Mading Maker on surviving Sudan's civil war and relocating to the U.S..

South Sudanese Olympian's painful pastupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 14:18:20

Marathon runner Guor Mading Maker on losing family members in the civil war and being enslaved by Arab nomads.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: 10 things to know about 'Omosexy'updated Fri Jan 17 2014 04:32:24

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is known as the Queen of Nollywood, Nigeria's booming movie industry. Since her 1995 film debut, the actress has appeared in some 300 movies, selling millions of videos and establishing herself as a Nollywood icon.

Nollywood queen's rise to the topupdated Mon Jan 13 2014 12:46:49

Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde opens up about her humble beginnings. Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Nollywood actress builds 'film village'updated Fri Jan 10 2014 11:40:41

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde on creating a better infrastructure for Nigeria's booming film industry.

Meet Nigeria's first reality starupdated Fri Jan 10 2014 11:36:21

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde talks about sharing her life with millions of television viewers and her passion for activism.

Intimate photos celebrate South Africa's eccentric cyclistsupdated Fri Jan 10 2014 07:08:10

Durban's beachfront promenade was whipped by thin sheets of rain as Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler sat at a seaside café to have breakfast. Coffee was in order. The two photographers were still trying to shake off their morning tiredness, having just arrived at the coastal city after cycling some 1,600 kilometers from Kimberley, a town at the heart of South Africa.

Lupita Nyong'o: 10 things to know about the '12 Years a Slave' actress updated Fri Jan 10 2014 06:34:58

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o became the new Hollywood "It Girl" after she played the object of cruel affection in the movie, "12 Years a Slave." Since her role as Patsey in the movie released last year, she's made rounds in fashion magazines, hobnobbed with celebrities and is considered a breakout star.

From township to pro cyclingupdated Mon Jan 06 2014 10:36:36

Meet South Africa's Luthando Kaka who has defied the odds and broken down barriers in the world of cycling.

Historic cyclist shows off high-tech bikeupdated Mon Jan 06 2014 10:31:04

Luthando Kaka, South Africa's first black captain of a professional cycling team, puts his $6,000 bike on display.

Pro cyclist defies tough childhoodupdated Mon Jan 06 2014 10:28:21

South African-born Luthando Kaka on how humble beginnings prepared him for success as a pro cyclist.

Branded a rebel: When cricket took on apartheid in South Africaupdated Mon Jan 06 2014 09:04:36

My mom was always sports mad -- my dad not so much.

The man behind What's Up Africaupdated Mon Dec 30 2013 11:06:53

British-Nigerian satirist Ikenna Azuike on growing up mixed race and abandoning a lucrative career as a lawyer.

African satirist tackles controversy head-onupdated Mon Dec 30 2013 09:40:03

What's Up Africa-founder Ikenna Azuike credits creative freedom as a key factor behind the success of his video blog.

John Stewart inspires Nigerian satiristupdated Mon Dec 30 2013 09:33:59

African Voices meets Ikenna Azuike who pokes fun at pop stars and politicians through popular video blog What's Up Africa.

South Africa's wheelchair tennis aceupdated Mon Dec 23 2013 05:56:57

After a tragic accident left him with no legs and only one hand, tennis champion Lucas Sithole had to change his game.

Forming Wheelchair Tennis South Africaupdated Mon Dec 23 2013 05:56:39

Tennis coach Holger Losch talks to CNN about forming Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and training Lucas Sithole.

Lucas Sithole: Independence makes me strongerupdated Mon Dec 23 2013 05:56:24

Wheelchair tennis champion Lucas Sithole talks to CNN about remaining independent in his quest for trophies.

How Chris Aire hustled his way to become Hollywood's 'King of Bling' updated Wed Dec 18 2013 05:53:58

Chris Aire is known as "the King of Bling," the jeweler to the stars whose dazzling creations are worn by the likes of Angelina Jolie, 50 Cent and Shaquille O'Neal.

The original 'King of Bling'updated Sun Dec 15 2013 04:24:37

African Voices meets Nigerian "jeweler to the stars" Chris Aire shop in Beverly Hills, California.

Chris Aire's dazzling jewelery journeyupdated Sun Dec 15 2013 04:24:07

Born and raised in Nigeria, jewelery designer Chris Aire shunned the life his father plans to pursue his dreams in America.

Chris Aire on responsible diamond sourcingupdated Sun Dec 15 2013 04:22:57

Jewelery designer Chris Aire talks to CNN about the importance of sourcing diamonds in an ethical way.

Kenya's 50 years of independenceupdated Fri Dec 13 2013 03:05:06

Space research and mobile tech: Kenya's next 50 yearsupdated Thu Dec 12 2013 15:56:07

As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence, many will be looking back on the events of the last half century, which saw country shake off British colonialism to carve its own identity. But it is also a time to look ahead to the next 50 years, and how technology can shape a new Kenya.

How Mandela shaped a new South Africaupdated Mon Dec 09 2013 10:40:47

Inside Africa looks back at Nelson Mandela's return to politics after his release from prison in 1990.

Mandela through the yearsupdated Mon Dec 09 2013 10:35:31

CNN's Robyn Cunrow explores the trials and tribulations of the anti-apartheid leader.

Mandela's life after politicsupdated Mon Dec 09 2013 10:32:26

CNN's Robyn Curnow explores the legacy of Nelson Mandela's life and his hopes for the future of South Africa.

'I still want to play something impossible': Meet Afrobeat king Tony Allen updated Mon Dec 09 2013 05:32:25

"The first thing he asked was 'Are you the one who said that you are the best drummer in this country?' I laughed and told him, 'I never said so.' He asked me if I could play jazz and I said yes. He asked me if I could take solos and I said yes again."

Yummy Spoonfuls CEO's inspirationupdated Tue Dec 03 2013 03:59:09

Isha Sesay speaks with the Cameroonian CEO of Yummy Spoonfuls, Agatha Achindu about her to spread her organic message.

Agatha Achinudu's passion for cookingupdated Tue Dec 03 2013 03:50:04

Isha Sesay speaks with the Cameroonian CEO of Yummy Spoonfuls, Agatha Achindu about her passion for cooking.

Fresh, organic food for babiesupdated Tue Dec 03 2013 03:49:06

CEO of Yummy Spoonfuls, Agatha Achindu tells CNN about the importance of feeding babies fresh, organic food.

School teacher to mother of hundredsupdated Fri Nov 29 2013 05:53:25

Burundian humanitarian Marguerite Barankitse talks about the thousands of orphans she has helped.

Promoting a peaceful future for Burundiupdated Fri Nov 29 2013 05:52:20

Burundian humanitarian Marguerite Barankitse talks to CNN about promoting a peaceful life in post-war Burundi.

Caring for Burundi's civil war orphansupdated Fri Nov 29 2013 05:52:02

Burundian humanitarian Marguerite Barankitse started Maison Shalom as a home for the many children left orphaned by Civil war.

Surgery in a blackout: The doctor healing children's broken heartsupdated Fri Nov 22 2013 06:01:24

The masked man had already cut her chest open when the lights went off, plunging the entire room into darkness.

Tanzanian doctor overcomes prejudiceupdated Mon Nov 18 2013 12:30:07

Sara Sidner speaks with Dr. Godwin Godfrey who opens up about being one of few black doctors in Israel.

Tanzanian doctor puts children firstupdated Mon Nov 18 2013 12:23:20

Dr. Godwin Godfrey on how working in Israel helped him to bring pediatric open heart surgery to Tanzania.

Doctor heals broken heartsupdated Mon Nov 18 2013 12:19:02

Sara Sidner meets Dr. Godwin Godfrey, the only person in Tanzania capable of doing open heart surgery on small children.

Coming soon: African Start-Upupdated Mon Nov 18 2013 12:11:29

African Start-Up follows the journey of self-starters breaking into business.

Tony Elumelu: The 'Africapitalist' who wants to power Africaupdated Tue Nov 12 2013 05:18:33

You've probably heard by now about the Afropolitans and the Afropreneurs -- but what about the Africapitalists?

Can 'Africapitalism' transform Africa?updated Sat Nov 09 2013 08:12:54

Jill Dougherty talks to Nigerian economist Tony Elumelu who explains how business can solve the continent's problems.

How Elumelu's father inspired himupdated Sat Nov 09 2013 08:12:15

Nigerian economist Tony Elumelu on how his upbringing helped prepare him for the success he is experiencing today.

Nigerian economist's bold investmentsupdated Sat Nov 09 2013 08:10:51

CNN's Jill Dougherty meets Tony Elumelu who turned a struggling bank into a global financial institution.

David Goldblatt: Photographer bears witness to Apartheidupdated Fri Nov 08 2013 05:40:38

It's just after two o'clock in the morning and a never-ending queue of South African commuters is waiting to get onto a bus that will take them to Pretoria for work. Many are carrying blankets in the hopes of getting some much-needed rest while on the three-hour journey.

Why peace promise won't end Congo's troublesupdated Wed Nov 06 2013 05:59:22

Recent military gains against the M23 militia in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo are an encouraging development, a respite from the impasses faced by Congo.

Legendary photographer's remarkable careerupdated Mon Nov 04 2013 15:26:06

CNN's Robyn Curnow meets David Goldblatt who reveals the story behind some of his most celebrated photographs.

Capturing apartheid in black and whiteupdated Mon Nov 04 2013 15:23:39

South African photographer David Goldblatt on capturing the country's darkest hours in black and white.

Iconic photographer embraces technologyupdated Mon Nov 04 2013 14:55:38

South African photographer David Goldblatt on how digital advances have revolutionized his work.

Africa's secret weapon: The diasporaupdated Fri Nov 01 2013 07:06:27

Each year, bright, optimistic Africans leave home to earn an education or seek a better economic life abroad for themselves and their families. With fewer opportunities in their home country, many never return home.

CEO on why you should give Africa a chanceupdated Mon Oct 28 2013 09:55:33

The CEO of the Africa-America Institute, Amini Kajunju, on all the opportunities offered on the African continent.

Amini Kajunju: Give Africa a chanceupdated Mon Oct 28 2013 09:42:14

The CEO of the Africa-America Institute, Amini Kajunju, on fighting negative perceptions about the African continent.

African-born AAI CEO connects continentsupdated Mon Oct 28 2013 09:35:31

The first African-born CEO of the Africa-America Institute, Amini Kajunju, empowers people in Africa and the U.S.

Amini Kajunju: Pushing for a better Africaupdated Mon Oct 28 2013 09:31:03

Meet Amini Kajunju who is impacting the African continent through the work she is doing in America.

Ghana's 'Black Stars' putting African art on the mapupdated Fri Oct 25 2013 05:39:10

When art expert Safia Dickersbach cast a dart at a map of Africa, she had no idea it would spark an eight-year love affair with a country she had never seen before.

Hotshots: Africa's most exciting new photographersupdated Thu Oct 24 2013 05:34:03

It wasn't too long ago when the image of Africa was plagued by photographs of starving children, war, wildlife photography and portraits of African tribes exoticizing the "dark continent." But Africa for the past few years has been immersed in digital technology and culture and the digital age in Africa can now be witnessed through art and photography.

Blogging doctor fights HIV in Tunisiaupdated Mon Oct 21 2013 11:33:54

Zied Mhirsi tells Errol Barnett about helping the country's most vulnerable population groups.

Sharing Tunisia with the worldupdated Mon Oct 21 2013 10:59:07

Physician and blogger Zied Mhirsi talks about starting Tunisia Live, the country's first news website in English.

Tunisian blogger fights censorshipupdated Mon Oct 21 2013 10:57:27

Zied Mhirsi talks about his blog which earned global attention and played a role in the country's revolution.

Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenyaupdated Wed Oct 16 2013 06:57:55

A young woman steals her way down darkened passages in Korogocho -- one of Kenya's largest slums. Crime, prostitution and drug use are rampant in the locality where a quarter of a million people reside and the young woman's eyes dart around erratically on the lookout for danger.

Mo Ibrahim prize for African leaders: No winner ... again updated Mon Oct 14 2013 10:49:55

For a second consecutive year, no leader has been deemed worthy of the $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

How Otieno helps pregnant womenupdated Mon Oct 14 2013 08:45:57

Human rights activist Aggrey Otieno talks about the Telemedicine Project which provides health care in a new way.

Fighting for social changeupdated Mon Oct 14 2013 08:34:56

Activist Aggrey Otieno talks about educating fellow Kenyans on their right to quality health care and education.

Bringing social change in Kenyan slumsupdated Mon Oct 14 2013 08:20:00

African Voices meets Aggrey Otieno, a human rights activist who tackles high rates of maternal mortality in his hometown.

South Africans Fengu, Monakali win CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awardupdated Sun Oct 13 2013 01:15:22

An investigation into appalling conditions in school hostels has won two South African journalists the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

Nobel Peace Prize: Congo rape trauma surgeon among favoritesupdated Thu Oct 10 2013 10:51:27

All eyes are on Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai as the favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. But there's another top contender, according to the bookmakers. That man is Denis Mukwege, a pioneering doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who has dedicated his life to helping rape victims.

Ghana president: 'New Africa emerging'updated Thu Oct 10 2013 06:12:15

Is Africa on the cusp of change? Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama shares his vision of the future.

Where does aid money really go -- and what is it spent on?updated Wed Oct 09 2013 08:39:06

What is the value and impact of international aid? In an era of global austerity, this is a question that is frequently posed by policymakers and the citizens they represent.

How free water in Britain could help hydrate Africaupdated Tue Oct 08 2013 06:04:39

His ambition was to get a six-pack before he turned 25 years old. With just nine months to go, time was running out.

Doctor on failed presidential bidupdated Fri Oct 04 2013 09:24:39

Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng opens up about losing the leadership race of Ghana's New Patriotic Party in 2008.

Ghanaian doctor breaks new groundupdated Fri Oct 04 2013 09:21:46

Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng on returning home and establishing the country's first cardiothoracic center.

Surgeon embraces matters of the heartupdated Fri Oct 04 2013 09:20:53

Errol Barnett meets Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a heart surgeon and founder of Ghana's first and only Cardiothoracic center.

Africa 'ultimate testing ground' in bid to end povertyupdated Thu Sep 26 2013 08:50:11

First the good news.

Pumeza Matshikiza: Township girl to opera divaupdated Mon Sep 23 2013 08:18:30

Abbey Road Studios in London. This is where The Beatles produced some of their classic records. It's a long way from the Cape Town townships where Pumeza Matshikiza grew up, but this is where the South African soprano is recording her debut album.

Pumeza Matshikiza's tribute to Mandelaupdated Mon Sep 23 2013 07:42:48

South African opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza talks about blending different sounds, styles and ideas in her music.

South Africa's newest opera starupdated Mon Sep 23 2013 07:40:00

South African opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza talks to CNN's Rosie Tomkins about her musical education.

Opera singer inspired by folk songsupdated Mon Sep 23 2013 07:35:13

South African opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza talks to CNN's Rosie Tomkins about making her first album.

Kenya's first lady saves elephantsupdated Tue Sep 17 2013 10:31:53

Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Pres. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, is leading an online campaign to protect elephants.

Africa's elderly leaders 'risk more revolutions'updated Tue Sep 17 2013 05:56:26

Africa is in the middle of an amazing demographic shift. Our continent is the only one where the size of the younger generation is rising significantly.

Charlize Theron: I'm always S. Africanupdated Mon Sep 16 2013 07:41:12

Hollywood actress Charlize Theron talks about her roots and helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Charlize Theron fights HIV devastationupdated Mon Sep 16 2013 07:39:31

South African actress Charlize Theron talks about preventing the spread of HIV in her native country.

Charlize Theron crusades against AIDS 'devastation' updated Mon Sep 16 2013 07:11:13

At 19 years old she was spotted by a talent agent while engaging in a shouting match with a bank teller in Los Angeles. Since then Charlize Theron has powerfully demonstrated an almost chameleon-like ability to assume the roles she takes on.

Charlize Theron puts fame to good useupdated Mon Sep 16 2013 06:53:02

Actress Charlize Theron on her bond with South Africa and preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa.

Charlize Theron: You can't plan lifeupdated Mon Sep 16 2013 06:50:30

Actress Charlize Theron talks about embracing the unknown after her career as a ballet dancer didn't work out.

Theron: HIV doesn't choose bad peopleupdated Mon Sep 16 2013 06:48:22

Global Fund advocate Charlize Theron sits on a workshop aiming to change perceptions about the disease in South Africa.

Princess' mission to empower Africaupdated Mon Sep 09 2013 18:19:50

The Princess talks about the African Arts and Fashion Initiative which helps young people interested in those fields.

Princess architect designs with soulupdated Mon Sep 09 2013 14:43:11

CNN's Zain Verjee speaks with Princess Fifi Ejindu about her career in architecture and the strength of African women.

Princess on promoting African talentupdated Mon Sep 09 2013 14:42:27

Meet Princess Fifi Ejindu, a Nigerian descendent of royalty who has done pioneering work in architecture and business.

'Africa's father of the internet:' Web pioneer on bringing a continent onlineupdated Wed Sep 04 2013 05:27:01

If you're reading this somewhere in Africa, then perhaps you should thank Nii Quaynor.

Africa's role in the World Wide Webupdated Mon Sep 02 2013 07:35:55

Ghanaian internet pioneer Nii Quaynor discusses the future of Internet industries across Africa.

Congo, beyond the conflict: Six reasons why it mattersupdated Wed Aug 28 2013 05:33:51

Mention DR Congo, Sub-Saharan Africa's largest country, and what comes to mind? Probably conflict minerals, proxy wars, the rape capital of the world, or the trigger for the 19th century "Scramble for Africa."

Newlywed, entrepreneurs and homelessupdated Tue Aug 27 2013 06:51:48

Patricia Mawa, Host & Managing Editor at Silvertrust Media, describes her incredible journey from rags to riches.

The rise of Fatoumata Diawara, Mali's pop princessupdated Wed Aug 14 2013 07:16:34

From the moment she steps onto the stage, lighting up the concert hall with her radiant smile and striking flowing dress, to the very last notes of her energy-filled show, which finds everyone at their feet, it's easy to see why Fatoumata Diawara feels right at home while performing.

How African innovation can take on the worldupdated Tue Aug 06 2013 06:08:48

In this period of gloomy economic forecasts, Africa's rise has become a widely discussed international policy topic. The sweeping optimism about Africa's economic prospects has been reinforced by 2013 projections that the continent will grow faster than the world average.

Rape and injustice: The woman breaking Somalia's wall of silenceupdated Mon Aug 05 2013 05:24:05

Inside a brightly painted Mogadishu clinic, Salim (not her real name) sits alongside her seven-year-old son, waiting for a check up. Opposite them, a health professional listens to their nightmarish ordeal.

Must-see African movies of the 21st centuryupdated Fri Aug 02 2013 05:20:56

It's hard for me to choose the greatest African films of the 21st century as the genres and styles of African cinema have evolved in a big way over the past 20 years or so. Movie makers are now showing a more vibrant Africa than the Francophone filmmakers did before them.

Tribal elder modernizing the Maasai to avoid extinctionupdated Fri Jul 26 2013 06:05:37

For centuries, the lush national parks of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania have been called home by the Maasai, one of Africa's most culturally district tribes.

African Beauty: Hollywood classics get photographic remakeupdated Fri Jul 26 2013 05:36:33

It is one of the iconic modern cinema scenes: Mena Suvari, as Angela in Oscar-winning "American Beauty," stretches her arms wide as she basks in a sea of floating rose petals during one of Lester's (Kevin Spacey) frequent fantasies.

Celebrate royal baby, but remember childbirth is still a killerupdated Tue Jul 23 2013 00:46:23

As the world celebrates the long-awaited addition to the British royal family, it is worth taking some time to reflect on the women around the world for whom childbirth is not such a joyous, beautiful and celebrated occasion.

Chef braves suicide bombs to give to Mogadishu a taste of peace updated Fri Jul 19 2013 05:58:39

When Ahmed Jama decided to leave behind the successful restaurant he'd started in London to open a new one in one of the world's most dangerous cities, his hometown of Mogadishu, reactions ranged from surprise to scorn to straightforward questioning of his sanity.

Maasai tribe's 'last stand' to keep land from game huntersupdated Mon Jul 08 2013 06:45:35

Last week, President Obama came to my country, Tanzania. President Kikwete and our people received him with great pride, but it is unlikely Obama heard anything about our government's plan to give a great chunk of land that has been the Maasai tribe's home for millennia, to a hunting company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Child bride turned scholar: Education is the road out of povertyupdated Tue Jul 02 2013 05:55:38

Eight-year-old Tineyi takes my hand and leads me into her mud-thatched hut in my home village of Matau in rural Zimbabwe. There, in a dark corner of the room, is a wooden bookshelf. Carefully crafted by her father, it protects her word-filled treasures from the smoky fire inside the small hut where her mother cooks. I smile, knowing that her father has recognized the value these books will bring to his little bookworm -- a life ahead of her with limitless opportunities.

Bassem Youssef: 'Sarcasm is a weapon'updated Fri Jun 28 2013 05:08:11

There's a plaque affixed to the wall inside the lounge room of the downtown Cairo studio where Bassem Youssef films "Al Bernameg" ("The Program"), the Arab world's most watched TV show.

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