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Africa Storytelling Challenge—Notable Submissions

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Committed to championing scientific innovations and advancements, these individuals are affecting change in their communities and throughout Africa—and this year’s judges of the Africa Storytelling Challenge lauded these impressive efforts. Recognized in this year’s contest, read the essays of these runner-ups.

Abiodun Adereni, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Download Essay)

Sharon Adisa, Founder, Shaboard Enterprise, Kenya (Download Essay)

Darlington Ahiale Akogo, Director of Artificial Intelligence, minoHealth Limited, Ghana (Download Essay)

Walliyulahi Ajibola, Research Fellow, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Nigeria; Ph.D. student, Doctoral School of Biology, University of Szeged, Hungary (Watch Video)

Chima Amadi, Pharmacist, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Nigeria (Download Essay)

Tome Bafor, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Benin, Nigeria (Download Essay)

Sinetayehu Banata, Biomedical engineering student, Jimma University Institute of Technology, Ethiopia (Watch Video)

Arouna Darga, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Sorbonne University, Paris, France, Burkina Faso (Watch Video)

Okey Esse, Entrepreneur, PowerStone Energy, Nigeria (Download Essay)

Gracious Fanuel, support staff member, Ilboru High School for Disabled Students, Tanzania (Download Essay)

Josephine Godwyll, Founder and Leader, Young At Heart Ghana, Ghana (Download Essay)

Rebecca Ilunga, Civil Engineer, Aurecon Group, South Africa (Download Essay)

Chibulu Luo, doctoral candidate, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, CA, Zambia (Watch Video)

Christine Wanjiru Mburu, Ph.D. student, ICT4D Researcher, University of Cape Town, South Africa (Download Essay)

Dr. Mohlopheni J. Marakalala, Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town, South Africa (Watch Video)

Yvonne Mburu, Scientist/Consultant, Founder and CEO, Nexakilli, Kenya (Download Essay)

Ebele Mogo, post-doctoral researcher, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Principal of ERIM Consulting, Engage Africa Foundation, Nigeria (Download Essay)

Peace Nnabugwu, Science Ambassadors Foundation, Nigeria (Download Essay)

Daniel Nyabadza, Head of Research, Digitech Group, South Africa (Download Essay)

Tadzoka Pswarayi, Director and Co-founder, Impact Hub Harare, Zimbabwe (Download Essay)

Paul Otieno Yonga, Infectious Diseases/HIV Specialist/Clinical Epidemiologist, Fountain Health Care Hospital, Kenya (Download Essay)

Neneh Sallah, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Gambia (Download Essay)

Micheal Uduebor, Civil Engineer, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria (Watch Video)

About the Africa Storytelling Challenge
The inaugural Champions of Science®—Africa Storytelling Challenge took place between May and August 2018. Open to all scientists doing innovative work in Africa, the contest drew more than 100 submissions. An independent selection committee of scientists, policymakers and science journalists reviewed the applications and selected the winners. Each winner will be awarded $5,000 and will have the opportunity to share their stories at the 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Champions of Science is a multifaceted initiative to convene and catalyze champions of science, and engage people of all generations and backgrounds to see the unlimited opportunities that science brings.

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