cross Africa, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs are working tirelessly to develop innovative solutions that have a positive impact in their own communities and around the world. Unfortunately, much of the work of these talented and passionate scientists often remains unrecognized.
Through the Champions of Science—Africa Storytelling Challenge, Johnson & Johnson offered innovators a platform to make their important stories heard. As Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, noted, “By amplifying the stories of scientific innovation taking place across Africa and the impact it is having on families, communities and the world, we hope to build public engagement and support for science, and inspire Africa’s young women and men to pursue careers in science and innovation.”
After receiving more than 100 contest submissions between May and August 2018, an independent committee of scientists, policymakers and science journalists reviewed the applications and determined the winners.
Below, meet the innovators who were selected in our inaugural Champions of Science—Africa Storytelling Challenge. These five pioneers are improving their communities and helping to inspire the next generation to pursue scientific fields that will have the potential to drive Africa’s socio-economic transformation.