An Egyptian micro biologist, Ugandan investigative journalist and Zimbabwean standup comedian are among the new class of 2017.
Ten of the 21 TED Global Fellows are African, from countries such as Egypt, Uganda, Liberia, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Somalia and Nigeria.
Each of these visionaries will deliver a talk at TED Global this August in Arusha, Tanzania joining a growing list of 436 other Fellows from 94 countries around the world. It will be the first time in a decade that TED will be held in Africa.
“We choose fellows not only based on their accomplishments so far, but also on their grit, their collaborative spirit, and their potential to break barriers as they build their careers” said Tom Rielly, TED Fellows program director. Here are TED Fellows from Africa:
Mennat El Ghalid (France | Egypt)
Saran Kaba Jones (Liberia | USA)
Abdigani Diriye (Somalia | UK)
Diriye’s mission is to create commercially viable tech startups and businesses in Somalia and to research and develop new technologies in financial technology.
Robert Hakiza (DRC | Uganda)
Wale Oyéjidé (Nigeria | USA)
Adong Judith (Uganda)
Yasin Kakande (Uganda)
Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile (Botswana)
Kasiva Mutua (Kenya)
Carl Joshua Ncube (Zimbabwe)
Written by Torera Idowu, for CNN