Dawit Abele graduated from the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design with a diploma in painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and industrial design. Since 2001, he has been a full-time artist in residence at the Habesha Art Studio in his native Ethiopia, and has also worked with UNICEF to hold workshops for street children. His works are part of the Saatchi Gallery's Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America - in London (19/06/15)

Biram Ould Abeid - The head of an anti-slavery group, who came second in presidential polls in Mauritania last year, was handed a two-year jail sentence amid a resurgent anti-slavery movement in the nation with the world’s highest rate of the practice. It is estimated there are over 115,000 slaves in the country (17/01/15)

Hafsat Abiola-Costello - Her mother was shot in 1996 and her father died in prison in 1998. A film which chronicles her dramatic family history and the story of Nigeria's fragile pro-democracy movement opens today in the UK. "The Supreme Price' won the prize for best documentary at the Africa International Film Festival (18/05/15)

Zubair Abubakar - Co-founder of ChopUp, a Nigerian gaming startup which has built games based on local stories and uniquely local experiences (23/04/15)

Fatima Haram Acyl - The African Union’s commissioner for trade and industry, who said at a summit in Johannesburg this week, that Africa needs greater continental integration, with a vision of people and goods crossing borders, boosting job creation and driving development (16/06/15)

Akinwumi Adesina a Nigerian, has won the vote to become the new president of the African Development Bank. He will succeed Rwandan Donald Kaberuka, who served two consecutive terms since 2005, at a time when the institution is trying to diversify from its traditional role as a development bank. Adesina inherits a financially sound institution (29/05/15)

David Adjaye, the Tanzanian-born architect, has revealed plans for a 100-bed paediatric cancer centre in Rwanda. He is designing the Gahanga International Children's Cancer Hospital in a region to the south of Rwandan capital Kigali.The project was commissioned by the Eugene Gasana Jr Foundation – a charity set up to improve access to cancer treatment for children in the country. It was co-founded by Rwandan ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana (25/08/15)

Oyindamola Affinnih the Nigerian author who has written her latest novel ‘ A Tailor-made Romance’ (26/01/15)

Malik Agar the head of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement North, who refused Omar Al-Bashir's invitation for peace talks. Agar insists on three conditions - a ceasefire; open access to humanitarian aid; and guarantee of certain civil freedoms. Al-Bashir was inaugurated as President today after winning 94% of the vote (02/06/15)

Tayo Akinyemi of AfriLabs spoke at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 in Nairobi. AfriLabs is a pan-African network of technology innovation hubs. It was founded to build a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs―spaces that serve as physical points for developers, entrepreneurs, and investors. AfriLabs is working through these spaces to build an innovation infrastructure that will encourage the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy. The Summit was attended by US President Barack Obama (26/07/15)

Janet Akinyi, a student at Garissa University College in Kenya. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through the university murdering 147 people including Janet (02/04/15)

Omar al-Bashir - Ethiopian Prime Minister who has agreed a preliminary deal with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The agreement focussed on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam project that Cairo had feared would hamper the flow of the Nile, paving the way for a binding regional agreement that has been years in the making (21/03/15)

Amin Amey has spent 18 years in the world’s biggest refugee camp, Dadaab, a makeshift urban slum in the middle of Kenya’s baking hot northern desert, 70 miles from the border with Somalia. When he was resettled in Sweden, he discovered that his wife Farhiyo and child Mumtaz, couldn’t join him – and he couldn’t return (07/05/15 )

Job Amupanda is 26 years old, a Namibian and a leader of a land revolt movement. Namibia is one of the most unequal nations in the world. Currently there are 400,000 Namibians living in shacks. (15/05/15)

El Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor and teacher who has won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award at the Venice Biennale held this month. He specialised in making installations out of bottle caps and other found materials (31/05/15)

Dorothy Angote-Muya -  Africa Leadership XL is the first community dedicated specifically to developing Africa's leaders, preparing them to move the continent to the next level in the 21st century. An inaugural seminar about leadership was held today in Nairobi, Kenya. One of the key speakers was Dorothy Angote-Muya, a senior policy, governance and legal advisor/reforms expert (12/06/15)

Aderonke Apata’s case for asylum was rejected by the High Court in London because the judge ruled that she was pretending to be a lesbian. She fears imprisonment and death because of her sexuality in Nigeria. She is engaged to her long-term partner Happiness Agboro (05/04/15) 

Fouzia Assouli is the head of the Moroccan women’s rights organisation LDDF. She joined Amnesty International in condemning a Moroccan court’s decision to put two women who were wearing dresses, on trial for indecent exposure (02/07/15)

Ikenna Azuike - ‘Focus on Africa’, the BBC’s flagship daily television news programme, will launch a brand new weekly satire segment, What’s Up Africa, presented by Nigerian-born vlogger Ikenna Azuike (15/02/15)

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, 32, was one of 17 killed in peaceful pro-democracy protests in Egypt on anniversary of 2011 uprising. She was a leading member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party (25/01/15)

Dr Magueye Ba - ‘Thread’ is a site for artists from around the world to live and work in Sinthian, a rural village in Tambacounda, the southeastern region of Senegal. It will house two artists’ dwellings, as well as ample indoor and outdoor studio space.  Thread will also provide a venue for markets; classes in agriculture, language, and health for the villagers; and village performances and meetings. Finally, the roof collects and retains rainwater, creating a viable source for 40% of the village's domestic water needs. Its concept and construction were spearheaded by local Sinthian leader and doctor, Dr Magueye Ba (22/04/15)

Mohammed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been condemned to death for planning attacks against the Egyptian state (20/03/15)

Khaled Idris Bahray a 20-year-old refugee from Eritrea, murdered on a Dresden housing estate at a time when 25,000 Germans were demonstrating in support of anti-immigration movement Pegida- (16/01/15)

Hisham Barakat  - Egyptian militants assassinated the country’s leading prosecutor striking his convoy with a car bomb as it left his home in Cairo. Hisham Barakat, 65, died of his injuries in a military hospital, hours after the blast ripped through his car in the upmarket suburb of Heliopoli (30/06/15)

Rhode Bath-Scheba Makoumbou is an award-winning Congolese artist has her paintings displayed at an exhibition in Brussels (20/05/15)

Lassana Bathily, an immigrant from Mali, who saved the lives of several French Jews in Paris during a terrorist attack in a kosher supermarket (15/01/15)

Fred Bauma a youth leader from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is still being held by security police following growing tensions between civil society and the Kabila government (09/06/15)

Farida Bedwei  from Ghana, is the co-founder and chief technical officer of software company Logiciel. She is considered one of the most powerful women in financial technology on the continent. Born in 1979, Bedwei was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one. Cerebral palsy is an incurable neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination (24/05/15)

Emtyez Bellali is a project associate at the World Organisation Against Torture’s chapter in Tunis. She is contributing to Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission which aims to examine past abuses- (14/06/15)

Dominic Benhura is an internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean artist who has made a name for himself with his unique mother and child stone sculptures (05/07/15)

Fatou Bensouda is a Gambian lawyer, former government civil servant, international criminal law prosecutor and legal adviser. She has been the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor since June 2012. She said 'the trial of Hissene Habre shows that Africa is ready and able to try its leaders or those who perpetrate serious crimes against innocent victims' (09/08/15)

Dr Agnes Binagwaho - Rwanda is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa that is likely to come close to completing the full sweepof the Millennium Development Goals on health. Dr Agnes Binagwhao is Rwanda’s Minister of Health and also a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Paediatrics at the US-based Geisel School of Medicine (17/02/15)

Francois Birgirmana is a guide in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Tourism is an important industry and in a popular scheme, the government distributes 5% of the income raised through the parks to local communities, schools, hospitals and roads. An 8 day tour costs £ 4000. The park is home to the mountain gorilla which is a critically endangered primate (20/07/15)

Ali Bongo, the president of Gabon, hosted the footballer Lionel Messi who was visiting Port-Gentil, where one of the stadiums to be used in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is about to be built. An American human rights organisation has criticised Bongo and Messi as a third of Gabon's population lives in poverty and children continue to be ritually murdered (01/08/15)

Hassan Bouhadi is the chairman of The Libyan Investment Authority which has launched legal action against four Africa States alleging that they took advantage of Libya's political turmoil to nationalise assets belonging to the $ 66 billion sovereign wealth fund (22/07/15)

Ugaaso Boocow 27, is becoming one of Somalia’s first social media stars with more than 50,000 followers on Instagram (26/02/15)

Dr Daniel Bouàré, 30, clinic director at the community health centre in Kalabancoro Nèrèkoro Extension Sud Sangaat, about 10km south of Bamako, Mali. He said, “ when the rainy season comes, we have many cases of diarrhoea and other infections – and this is because of consumption of unsafe water.” (09/03/15)

André Brink the influential campaigning South African novelist and playwright, has died aged 79. Best known for his 1979 novel A Dry White Season, which focuses on the death in detention of a black activist (06/02/15)

Mohammadu Buhari, the opposition leader, has swept to victory in the Nigerian general election, a political earthquake that inflicted the first defeat on an incumbent in the history of Africa’s biggest democracy. His All Progressives Congress (APC) party carried Nigeria’s two biggest cities, Lagos and Kano, and chalked up heavy victories in its northern strongholds (31/03/15) 

Winnie Byanyima, Ugandan-born, is the executive director of Oxfam, the first African to run a global development agency (05/02/15) 

Ali Cham is a Gambian rapper who recorded a song accusing authorities of growing repression and extra-judicial killings, has said he had fled the west African country after receiving death threats. Known by his stage name Killa Ace, he said his family began getting inquiries about his whereabouts from the Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on 23 June, the day his song was released (15/07/15)

Erik Charas is an entrepreneur, engineer and self-styled social activist. His company, Charas LDA, invests in young Mozambican entrepreneurs, targeting the very bottom strata of society with a view to transforming the next generation of Mozambicans into successful small business owners (18/02/15)

Mohamed Cheikh  a young Mauritanian blogger, wrote a blog in 2013 where he defended the rights of his people in Mauritania, who are used and exploited based on their history when they were slaves. In the article he referred to the double standards used by the prophet Muhammad himself when he dealt with the Jews and the Arabs. He said that the prophet killed the Jews but forgave the Arabs because they are his blood. In his blog, he tried to show how religion plays a role in the social hierarchy and discrimination between social classes. The authorities arrested Mohamed Cheikh on 2 January 2014 and he appeared in court in December, which sentenced him to death on the same day. In February 2015 his lawyer told Mauritanian television that he had been placed in solitary confinement and had been tortured. He said that if the international community does not act now, Mohamed Cheikh could be executed at any time (23/08/15)

Professor Kelly Chibale is the founder and director of Africa's first Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) which is based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He believes scientific research is key to unlocking the continent’s potential. Chibale proposes Africa has more of its own research and development labs to find cures for the diseases holding the continent back (21/06/15)

Dr Chafik Chraïbi, head of gynaecology and obstetrics at the Matérnité des Orangers in Rabat, Morocco was sacked from his duties. Morocco is now considering legalising abortion, polarising debate between conservatives and liberals, who fear a partial law that will only allow abortions in certain circumstances. At the moment, abortion is only legal in Morocco when the woman’s life, or her physical health is threatened. The impact on mental health, rape and incest, foetal impairment, social and economic reasons, or the woman’s personal choice are still not considered valid reasons (06/05/15)

Gilles Cistac, 53, a lawyer, 53, was assassinated in Maputo, Mozambique possibly because he uncovered details of a "suspicious" £200 million shipbuilding contract between France and an unspecified Mozambican company (12/03/15)

Alpha Condé, when asked about the rate of infection in Guinea, compared to Liberia and Sierra Leone, the president of Guinea, , was cautiously optimistic. Condé was quick to cite his country’s poorer coffers. Despite being larger and more densely populated than the other countries, Guinea received significantly less in aid than its neighbours. Condé suggested this was to do with their higher death tolls (11/07/15)

DJ Cuppy recently played in Kigali during her eight-country DJ Cuppy Takes Africa tour. She says that her gigs are never about "keeping people on the dance floor", but to create an impact. During her time in Kigali she visited and donated to FAWE Girls School. She did the same for other institutions like schools, orphanages and women centres in her 8 country tour that started on August 1, in Lagos, Nigeria. She says she was inspired by growing up in a society and culture known for the spirit of risk taking, fearlessness and ambition, sometime called 'The Lagos Hustle' (15/08/15)

Aliko Dangote a Nigerian businessman and Africa’s richest man, lost over £ 5 billion of his personal fortune due to plunging stock prices and the rapid depreciation of the naira (04/03/15)

Marques de Morais received a global award for campaigning journalism, but is now preparing to face an Angolan court in Luanda, nine years in prison and being sued for $1.2m (£800,000) for calling his government corrupt and exposing brutality and human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond mines (22/03/15) 

Laurence Do Rego - Ecobank, which is headquartered in Togo, is the leading pan-African bank with operations in 36 countries across the continent. 2015 marks its 30th anniversary. Its Group Executive Director of Finance is Laurence Do Rego who survived attempts to discredit her professional qualifications when she exposed unethical practices at the bank (24/04/15)

Hailemariam Desalegn the Ethiopian Prime Minister has agreed a preliminary deal with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The agreement focussed on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam project that Cairo had feared would hamper the flow of the Nile, paving the way for a binding regional agreement that has been years in the making (21/03/15)

Mohammed Dewji, Tanzanian and 39 years old, listed in the 2015 Forbes magazine Rich List as number 1500, and has a personal wealth of £ 1.3 billion (28/02/15)

Chieck Diallo is a furniture designer from Mali. His work is being showcased in Germany at the Vitra Design Museum (15/04/15)

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won the first gold medal at the IAAF Beijing World Athletics Championship in the women's 1,500 metre race in Beijing. Her winning time was 4:08:09 (27/08/15)

Dr Hawa Abdi Diblaawe or “Mama Hawa” as she is known in Somalia, is a remarkable woman who has run a hospital and refugee camp throughout the country’s 22-year civil war, sheltering hundreds of thousands and saving many lives (15/03/15) 

Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma is the African Union Chair, along with colleagues, is seeking to reposition Africa's quest to transform itself in its 50 year development agenda dubbed 'Africa 2063' by seeking domestic solutions (23/05/15)

Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi  is the founder of the Mama Zimbi Foundation which helps to recruit Ghanaian women into a collective and then provides them with a loan used to buy materials and to pay for transport. She has helped over 2,000 women (mainly widows) to date. She is also a leading television and radio host (14/07/15)

Unity Dow is Botswana's education minister. She is a human rights campaigner and lawyer, active on social media and passionate about early childhood development (22/08/15)

Itai Dzamara a Zimbabwean activist is missing as state officials deny abducting him. He is a prominent dissident of President Robert Mugabe (11/03/15)

Tony Elumelo is preparing to unveil Africa's newest 1000 entrepreneurs and their ideas after 20,000 candidates from 52 countries across Africa tendered their applications to participate in the Tony Elumelo Entrepreneurship programme(24/03/15) 

Godwin Emefiele Nigeria's central bank governor, has dismissed calls to devalue the naira amid domestic and international concern about the tough outlook facing Africa's largest economy after the collapse of the oil price last year (07/08/15)

Obi Emelonye a Nigerian filmmaker who was in London to promote his latest film ‘Thy Will Be Done’. This was the first independent film ever to premiere at the British Film Institute’s IMAX (16/04/15)

Mohamed Ennaceur  the president of the Tunisian Parliament, said security was light at the entrance of the compound at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis where three gunmen murdered 20 foreign tourists and three Tunisians (25/03/15)

Okwui Enwezor the Nigerian-born curator is the artistic director of the 2015 Venice Biennale which opened today. Enwezorhas a zeal for discovering and promoting the work of unknown artists, especially those from Africa and the African diaspora (09/05/15)

Beji Caid Essebsi, the Tunisian President declared astate of emergency and 1,300 armed guards have been deployed to protect hotels and tourist sites after an Islamic gunman murdered 38 tourists at a beach hotel in Sousse (29/06/15)

Habib Essid  newly appointed prime minister in Tunisia (05/01/15)

Oby Ezekwesili was one of the three campaigners to set up the grassroots campaign #bringbackourgirls. Today marks one year since 276 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram in the northern Nigerian village of Chibok. A year on, none of the girls have been found or rescued (14/04/15)

Mohammed Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, who were arrested in 2013, were sent back to prison after being convicted of “spreading false news”. They were represented by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo (31/08/15)

Alaa Abdel Fattah a prominent pro-democracy activist has been imprisoned by an Egyptian court for five years in prison for violating a law banning unauthorised protests in what rights groups describe as an ongoing clampdown on dissent (23/02/15) 

Adeola Fayehun made broadcasting history as she did something that all few African reporters have ever dared do. She asked one their ageing dictators when he is going to quit. She ambushed Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe during a visit to Nigeria last weekend. Fayehun works for Sahara Reporters, an online news agency that promotes citizen journalism in Nigeria, and which is run from New York by a Nigerian expat (04/06/15)

Dr Kala Fleming is a Research Scientist at the IBM Research-Africa Lab, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. She develops solutions and leads projects that improve urban water security, agricultural water management and public health. She is using digital technology to tackle water shortages which involves using as an app, a hashtag and Kenyan citizens, acting as censor (21/02/15)

Chama Fumba the Zambian musician, whose stage name is Pilato, has been arrested over a song that officials said defamed the president, Edgar Lungu, by accusing him of drinking too much and being incompetent (08/06/15)

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death in Libya along with former security chief Abdullah Senussi. They were both found guilty of war crimes. The sentence was condemned by the United Nations and human rights groups, who said the trial lacked transparency (28/07/15)

Simone Gbagbo - A court in Ivory Coast found the former first lady guilty of charges related to her role in a 2011 post-election crisis in which around 3,000 people were killed, sentencing her to 20 years in prison (10/03/15) 

Cyvette Gibson is the mayor of Paynesville in Liberia. She led the health, sanitation and public information campaigns that helped 400,000 citizens beat Ebola. She received support from the UN Children’s Fund (18/04/15)

Eric Gitari  who heads the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, has welcomed the High Court's landmark decision to order the government to allow the official registration of a gay rights non-governmental organisation. Attitudes in Kenya lag behind the legislative process... Deputy President William Ruti told a church congregation 'that we have no room for gays and those others’ (06 /06/15)

David Gluckman a South African is the co-founder of Lumkani an off-the-shelf fire detection device and alert service for informal dwellings. In the event of a fire, the device sounds an alarm to alert the family. This device prevents fires from ravaging high population density communities and boosting community mobilization efforts. Gluckman was a nominee at the ‘Innovation Prize for Africa’ held in Morocco today (12/05/15) 

Faure Gnassingbe - Togo's main opposition party has rejected official presidential election results declaring victory for incumbent Faure Gnassingbe with 58.75 percent of the vote, and instead claimed a win for its candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre. Fabre had hoped to oust Gnassingbe, who has been in power since 2005 and was seeking a third term of office, as well as bringing an end to nearly 50 years of rule by the president's family (17/04/15)

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been elected the first female President of Mauritius. Previously she was the managing director of the Centre for Phytotherapy Research where she was researching the use of herbal products in medicine, cosmetics, aromatherapy and nutrition (05/06/15)

Hissene Habre will appear tomorrow in the Palais of Justice in Dakar, Senegal, to be tried on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. Habre seized power in Chad in 1982 and was deposed in 1990 (19/07/15)

Janatte Haddadi is one of very few women to work in the music business in Morocco. She manages one of Morocco's biggest dance acts, DJ Van. Haddadi got into the business five years ago when she saw her artist friends struggling to make a living from their music. She realised there was a lack of managers and agents and seized the opportunity (20/04/15)

Redaezghi Tesfay Hagos  40, who was tortured in his home country, fled Eritrea and now lives in a centre run by the Red Cross on the outskirts of Rome. He is the son of a middle-class bank clerk in the capital Asmara (02/05/15)

Halima is 17 years old. She walked for five days to escape Boko Haram killers in Gwoza, northeastern Nigeria. At the time of drawing this sketch, Halima’s mother is missing (03/04/15)

Dr Marie Goreti Harakeye, Head of HIV/AIDS, TB & OID in Ethiopia, announces that The African Union is planning to establish a pan-African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention by mid-2015 (19/03/15)

Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Footballannounced that Gabon has been named as the host for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, beating off bids from Algeria and Ghana (08/04/15)

Erik Hersman is a widely respected technologist, blogger and commentator who specialises in the impact and application of technology throughout Africa. Raised in Sudan and Kenya, he runs two popular websites - WhiteAfrican and AfriGadget, a multi-author website dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity. He founded the iHub, Nairobi's Innovation Hub - an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in Nairobi (08/07/15)

Hakainde Hichilema, 52, a millionaire and Zambia’s second-largest cattle rancher, says Africa needs a new breed of leaders to run their countries like the CEOs of businesses. He isZambia's main opposition leader and was talking ahead of a tight presidential election this week (20/01/15)

Thando Hopa South African lawyer and part-time fashion model Thando Hopa. She is an albino who took up modelling to campaign against the prejudice albinos face in Africa (26/06/15)

Chenjerai Hove died this month. He was a Zimbabwean storyteller, novelist, playwright, human rights and cultural activist, and a highly respected political and social commentator. He was critical of President Mugabe, received death threats and was forced to leave the country in 2002 (21/07/15)

Mercy Howatt, 17, who has worked as prostitute for six years in Monrovia, Liberia (05/05/15)

Mohammed Issa Matona is the driving force of taarab music in Zanzibar. Taarab is sung poetryand the word taarab itself means to be moved by music30/04/15

Emmanuel Jal Former child soldier Emmanuel Jal is from South Sudan. He is the co-founder of 'The Key is E' - a social business channeling the power of education, entrepreneurialism and creativity to impact social change in Africa (14/03/15)

Yahya Jammeh,President of Gambia cut short a trip to Dubai to prevent an attempted armed coup in the capital, Banjul (02/01/15)

Abderrazak Jkaou  - Amnesty International has issued a report on torture in Moroccan prisons. 26 year old student activist Abderrazak Jkaou described to reporters how he was tortured and beaten by police for demonstrating, in Rabat (21/05/15)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , Liberian’s president, speaking on behalf of Sierra Leone and Guinea, told the UN more support will promote regional stability and world trade. The Ebola-stricken countries appealed for $3.2bn to help rebuild after the epidemic (10/07/15)

Goodluck Jonathan – the Nigerian President Goodluck leads Muhammadu Buhari by a hair’s breadth in the general election marred by violence, claims of political interference and technical glitches (30/03/15)

Peter Moi Julius a South Sudan reporter, who worked for 'Corporate Weekly' has been killed by gunmen, shooting him twice in the back in the capital, Juba. He is the seventh journalist to be killed this year in South Sudan, where a civil war is ongoing. His killing comes days after President Salva Kiir threatened to kill reporters "working against the country" (20/08/15)



Donald Kaberuka is Président of the African Development Bank (22/02/15)

Zitto Kabwe the 39 year old Tanzanian MP has been kicked out of his party, the opposition Party of Democracy and Progress CHADEMA after being accused of seeking to take over the party leadership. Kabwe has been responsible for exposing at least six scandals since 2005 and polls indicate he is the second most popular Opposition politician in the country (11/04/15)

Paul Kagame the Rwandan president has been supported by fifteen politicians who have backed a motion to let him run for a third term in office, paving the way for a referendum to amend the constitution. Observers have suggested that violent opposition in Rwanda would be stamped out quickly (17/07/15)

Su Kahumbu has an interest in the 1.6 million farmers in Kenya, many mainly holding cows. They lack access to valuable information about their business. Kahumbu is a farmer and social tech entrepreneur, who wants to change this. She has combined her two passions in one business: iCow, a mobile application for farmers which provides agricultural, market and meteorological data (04/08/15)

Elsie Kanza is the Head of Africa for the World Economic Forum. She thinks bold thinking is needed. While the changes across much of the region over the past decade have been remarkable, the next 25 years are going to be challenging as Africa’s population grows exponentially. Absorbing this population into the workforce will be both a tremendous as well as an opportunity (01/07/15)

Linda Kaoma is the project manager at Badilisha Poetry X-Change which gives Africans access to their poetic heritage. It offers the largest single collection of African poetry in the world, showcasing the work of over 400 poets from 31 countries (10/04/15) 

Masika Katsuva runs a local refuge for rape victims in Minova. The UN has described the town in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the ‘rape capital of the world’ where 48 women are raped every hour (13/06/15) 

Liya Kebede the Ethiopian and supermodel has established a foundation which campaigns for maternal health for African women. Her clothing line LemLem sells traditional Ethiopian clothing in an effort to create employment and sustainable aid (25/05/15)

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya, won his fourth consecutive world championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase today, in Beijing. He was previously the winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2009 World Championships, the 2011 World Championships, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2013 World Championships (24/08/15)

Thato Kgatlhanye, a South African, is a co-founder of Repurpose Schoolbags. Created from ‘up-cycled’ plastic bags, the bags integrate solar technology that charges during the day and transforms into light for school children to study after dark (20/02/15)

Angelique Kidjo - The African Union has declared 2015 Year of Women’s Empowerment. Benoise singer Angelique Kidjo and the Batonga Foundation are helping to lead the campaign for girls education (14/02/15)

Salva Kiir South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal aimed at ending a 20-month conflict with rebels.Thousands of people have been killed since the conflict erupted in December 2013 after a power struggle between Machar, an ethnic Nuer, and Kiir, from the dominant Dinka group. The fighting has increasingly followed ethnic lines (26/08/15)

Chris Kirubi  named chief executive of the year at the annual Africa CEO Forum held in Geneva this week. Kirubi gives advice to young Kenyans on how to get ahead in business, on a rock radio show (23/03/15)

Anders Kompass a Swedish senior UN official a senior United Nations aid worker had been suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic. The alleged abuse took place as French peacekeeping troops were supposed to be protecting civilians at a centre for displaced people near the airport of the capital Bangui, between December 2013 and June 2014 (03/05/15)

Bassekou Kouyate has launched his latest album ‘Ba Power’. Kouyate is a master of the lute and is a well-known name in Mali (01/05/15)

Dr Joanne Liu, International President, Medecins Sans Frontieres. Dr Liu is leading many of the initiatives to tackle the spread of Ebola in West Africa (03/01/15)

Favour Lucky  is a 16 year old Nigerian model. When she was 15 she won the title ‘One to Watch’ at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa (29/04/15)

Edgar Lungu the Zambian musician whose stage name is Pilato, has been arrested over a song that officials said defamed the president, Edgar Lungu, by accusing him of drinking too much and being incompetent (08/06/15) 

Mario Macilau the Mozambican photographer is exhibiting in London. His work focuses on observing the poorest and most marginalised people in society. A book of his photographs of street children will be published in August 2015 (27/05/15)

Alain Mabanckou the Republic of Congo's celebrated novelist, poet and academic spoke at the International Book Festival in Edinburgh. He lives in Point-Noire, on Congo's southeastern coast, where once 4million slaves were sold and today the port exports oil (12/08/15)

Mostafa Madbouly the Egyptian housing minister unveiled a £30bn project to create a new Cairo in the desert. The currently nameless city of five million would be home to 660 hospitals, 1,250 mosques and churches, and a theme park four times the size of Disneyland – all to be completed within 7 years (16/03/15)

Gerald Madziyire is a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist who has his own practice in Harare and lectures at the University of Zimbabwe. In 2008 Zimbabwe experienced an economic meltdown so he took a job in Botswana in order to financially provide for his family. When he has spare time, Gerald runs 89 km ultra marathons (11/08/15)

Catherine Mahugu, is a co- founder of Soko, an online destination platform for shoppers to discover handcrafted accessories from all over the world and purchase them directly from the designers and artisans. Soko operates from Nairobi, Kenya. Forbes magazine listed her as one of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa 2015 (04/07/15)

Mmusi Maimane is the new leader of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa. He is the first black leader of the main opposition party. Mr Maimane famously accused President Zuma during a parliamentary debate of being ’a broken man presiding over a broken society’ (11/05/15)

Julius Malema leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, calls for symbols of colonialism to be removed and the seizure of white-owned farms in South Africa (06/04/15)

Admiral Mohab Mameesh is Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority. Egypt has just opened a new £5billion 72 km route alongside the existing waterway, designed to double traffic and cut crossings time by half to 11 hours, because ships will be allowed to sail in both directions (18/07/15)

Dan Mantjila is arguably South Africa's most powerful investor, holding the purse strings of the Public Investment Corporation - a state-owned pension fund manager with more than $ 130 billion under management (13/08/15)

Pascale Marthine Tayou, Cameroon-born, opens an art installation at the De Meelabiek gallery in Leiden, the Netherlands. Tayou has said it is the responsibility of the artist to voice current political, ecological and economic concerns, and not to be caught up in the image of the artist as celebrity; “I make art because I think about the world, I ask myself who we are, what it is we do, and what consequences that has for humanity. That is BOOMERANG. We are all boomerangs” (11/06/15)

Kimani Maruge - Today is the 11th anniversary since Kimani Maruge went to school for the first time, aged 84. Google honoured him with a ‘doodle’ in Kenya (14/01/15)

Thokozile Masipa the South African judge who cleared the athlete, Oscar Pistorius of murder, says she cannot rule against her own decision to give prosecutors leave to appeal. Pistorius is serving a five-year jail sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but could be moved to house arrest in August (13/03/15)

Michael Masutha the South African Justice Minister grants parole for apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock. De Kock has spent more than 20 years in prison for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s (30/01/15)

President Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea who is hosting the Africa Cup of Nations which began this week (18/01/15)

Zakes Mda, the leading South African author has said he boycotts literary festivals in Europe because he is made to feel like “a dancing monkey” in front of white audiences (10/06/15)

Vanessa Mdee, the Tanzanian singer, joined eight female musicians from seven African countries to produce a song (‘Strong Girl’) calling for women and girls to be central to the fight against poverty. The campaign is being promoted via #strengthie (13/05/15)

Maxence Melo, co-founder of JamiiForums – a news and social networking platform that has become Tanzania’s top whistleblowing site – is extremely worried about the Cybercrimes Act. Since the site was founded in 2006, he has been questioned 17 times and received death threats. The Cybercrimes Act, signed into law in May, criminalises the sharing of information deemed “false, deceptive, misleading or inaccurate”, forces internet service and mobile phone providers to share users’ information without telling them, and allows police officers to search and seize equipment without much justification (03/07/15)

Lionel Messi  was hosted by Ali Bongo, the president of Gabon,  and visited Port-Gentil, where one of the stadiums to be used in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is about to be built. An American human rights organisation has criticised Bongo and Messi  as a third of Gabon's population lives in poverty and children continue to be ritually murdered (01/08/15)

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the head of UN Women and former deputy president of South Africa launches the findings of a UN study into the progress of the world’s women. She is a supporter of the HeForShe campaign (27/04/15)

Dr Matshidiso Moeti  from Botswana is named the World Health Organization’s new regional director for Africa (28/01/15)

Festus G Mogae, the former President of Botswana founded ‘Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation’ in recognition that sustained leadership is one of the most important elements in the AIDS response. During his 10 years in office, Mr Mogae was one of the first Heads of State to publically test for HIV, he paved the way for universal access to antiretroviral therapy in Botswana, and he introduced routine HIV testing into the public health sector—a seemingly risky initiative that has since been proven a major success (08/05/15)

John Momoh is a Nigerian broadcast journalist and the Chairman and CEO of Channels TV, an independent and multiple award winning 24-hour news and media television channel. Momoh wantsto make it easier for Nigerians overseas to watch Lagos-based Channels TV as he believes advertisers will see the value of reaching Nigerians in Britain, especially those sending money home (02/08/15)

Naadiya Moosajee is co-founder & CEO of SAWomEng, a dynamic non-profit organisation that is developing the next generation of female engineering leaders in Africa (11/02/15)

Hilda Moraa is one of the founding partners of Weza Tele, a leading provider of innovative value added mobility solutions in commerce, supply chain, distribution and mobile payment integration. She has clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nigeria. She is an IBM Global Entrepreneur Partner. Hilda completed her Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Research and has published and written numerous research papers and journals on the thematic focus of ICT, development and entrepreneurship

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s former president has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012. Morsi, who was elected president the year after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was removed by the military in 2013 (21/04/15)

Nástio Mosquito is the Joint Winner of the International Future Generation Art Prize. The Angolan artist’s first solo show opens in Birmingham, UK (03/02/15)

Mariam Naeem Mossad underwent female genital mutilation at the age of nine. It is estimated91% of Egyptian women are subjected to female genital mutilation – a figure that leaves Egypt responsible for 25% of all FGM procedures worldwide (04/02/15) 

Phelekezela Mphoko, Zimbabwe’s vice-president says Zimbabweans won't die of hunger. This is despite reports this week that at least 1.5 million people were at risk of going hungry after a drop in maize production according to the World Food Programme (29/08/15)

Dr Patience Mthunzi is a TED 2015 Fellow. She is South African and a biophotonics physicist who is working to discover medical applications of laser technology, including the targeted treatment of HIV and cancer (09/02/15) 

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president has been sworn in as chairman of the African Union at a ceremony in Addis Ababa. He called on Africa to harness resources for its own ends and urged members to tackle infrastructure, climate change, conflict and Ebola (31.01.15)

Frank Mugisha is an outspoken activist on gay rights in Uganda (05/03/15 )

Innocent Muhozi is a rights activist and the head of the Burundian Press Observatory. Muhozi said journalists were being subjected to threats of arrest and even death, and the head of the prominent independent radio station RPA, Bob Rugurika, had been forced to flee the country. These actions follow an attempted coup in Burundi (16/05/15)

Dr Denis Mukwege is an award-winning gynaecologist, whose medical skills save the lives of rape victims. He works atPanzi Hospital, Bukavo, Democratic Republic of Congo (01/01/15)

Alaa Murabit leads initiatives to promote the role and rights of women in Libyan society (10/02/15)

Irene Koki Mutungi is Kenya Airways first female pilot. Last year she became the first African woman to be promoted to Captain. This year she is establishing a foundation to help other women acquire jobs which involve technical training (21/08/15)

Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan activist who joined pupils at a Nairobi primary school in Kenya, who defied riot police (firing teargas) to reclaim their sports field from property developers. The school serves the neighbouring Kibera slum (19/01/15)

Fatoumata Nafo-Traore is the Head of the UN’s Roll Back Malaria Partnership (06/01/15 )

Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson is a pioneering, fearless voice for justice and accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She founded the South Kivu’s Women’s Media Association. Working to promote Congolese women and defend women’s rights through media, the association specialises in radio broadcasts to both urban and rural audiences by utilizing and training women-led radio clubs and local social activists (28/03/15)

Doudou N’diaye Rose, a master drummer and bandleader from Senegal died in Dakar aged 85. He became an emissary of his native culture’s joyous and complex rhythms to the rest of the world, touring with percussion orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States (19/08/15)

Wegasi Nebiat who fled Eritrea and travelled to Sudan and Turkey and nearly drowned when being smuggled in to Rhodes, Greece (26/04/15)

Yvonne Nelson along with other movie stars from Ghana have joined blue-collar workers in demonstrations against power cuts, marching through the streets of the capital to demand an end to the west African nation’s ongoing energy crisis. Demonstrators dressed in black and carried torches and lanterns to signal their frustration with the erratic power supply (17/05/15)

Sonwabiso Ngcawo and Melanie Verwoerd discuss what 21 years of democracy means to twenty one, 21 year olds in their book '21 at 21- The Coming of Age of a Nation' at the South African Book Fair in Cape Town which opened today (31/07/15)

Patrick Ngowi is the Founder and CEO at Helvetic Group. Ngowi also founded the Light for Life Foundation, a nonprofit social enterprise funded by his full gross salary and corporate social responsibility of Helvetic Group of companies, which focuses on providing free solar energy for women and schools in rural parts of Tanzania. The Foundation works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities and was recognized for reaching over 1,000 rural recipients (30/08/15)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche  - Due to the literary success of the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, her 83 year old father (Nigeria's first professor of statistics) was kidnapped for a ransom in May 2015. He was freed once the money had been paid (07/06/15)

Luis Nhachote an award-winning Mozambican journalist who is working with colleagues to launch Afrileakswhich is designed to securely connect whistleblowers with media organisations across Africa (12/01/15)

Alice Nkomo is the first ever Cameroonian female lawyer. She is well known for her defence of gay rights (06/08/15)

Pierre Nkurunziza is the President of Burundi where hundreds of peoplehave protested in the capital Bujumbura after the country’s ruling party nominated Nkurunziza to run for a third term (25/04/15)

Judge Sylvere Nimpagaritse, the vice-president of Burundi’s constitutional court– which was about to decide on the legality of a hugely contested third term for president Pierre Nkurunziza – fled the country on Monday. His dramatic departure comes only hours after police shot dead four protesters in the central African country where violence has left at least 13 dead in just over a week (04/05/15)

Trevor Noah the South African comedian Trevor Noah has been announced as the replacement for Jon Stewart as host of one of America’s most celebrated news programmes – The Daily Show, produced by Comedy Central (01/04/15)

Pie Ntavyohanyuma is Burundi's parliamentary speaker. On the eve of a parliamentary election, he fled Burundi in fear of his life after opposing Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office (28/06/15)

Alain Nteff was alarmed by the high new born and pregnant women death rate in his community in Cameroon, so he developed a mobile app to help alleviate this problem.  The app helps teenage mothers and health workers calculate their due dates (17/06/15)

Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke will be leading the new African sales team of Facebook which announced that it is opening its first office in Africa, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a move that it hopes will strengthen its presence in developing markets (23/06/15)

Lucy Nyirenda is the Chief Operating Officer and Country Engagement Manager for African Risk Capacity which helps African countries prepare for extreme weather eventsand protect ‘food insecure’ populations. Ms Nyirenda is originally from Malawi. (07/02/15)

Lupita Nyongo is now a famous actress who returned to Kenya this week for the first time since winning an Oscar in 2014 for her role in “12 Years a Slave”– the first African to ever win the coveted award. She announced that she would use her star power to fight elephant poaching, joining conservation organization WildAid as their new Global Elephant Ambassador (27/06/15)

Nsituvuidi Nzonza is one of the lead singers of ‘Mbongwana Star’ from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They play at the Womad festival in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, UK – Europe’s largest music festival. Their latest album is called ‘From Kinshasa to the Moon’(24/07/15)

Barack Obama made an historic visit to Kenya. He told Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta “ Africa’s potential can be fulfilled by harnessing the power of its young people to transform the continent" (25/07/15)

Michael O’Brien-Onyeka is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa. He has a real concern that African governments are becoming increasingly insensitive to public opinion and civil society (09/04/15)

Chigozie Obioma ‘The Fishermen’ is the debut novel of Nigerian born Chigozie Obioma (07/03/15)

Lydia Obondi was a second year student at Garissa University College in Kenya, who was studying for an education degree. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through the university murdering 147 people including Lydia (04/04/15)

Chidi Odinkalu isChairman of the National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria.  One of his concerns is the enormous amount of military equipment owned by gangs in the Niger Delta, Lagos and in Kaduna State (12/04/15)

Roye Okupe is a software programmer and web developer by day and writes graphic novels by night. He recently completed a story about a Nigerian superhero in E.X.O. — The Legend of Wale Williams. The story is set in futuristic Lagoon City, inspired by populous Nigerian city Lagos where Roye was born (25/06/15)

Dayo Olopade is a Nigerian-American journalist and is one of 200 writers and academics who criticised the US television company CBS for its coverage of Africa. An open letter accuses CBS of rendering Africans ‘voiceless and all but invisible’ in its portrayal of the continent (26/03/15)

Duro Olowu a Nigerian fashion designer is fast emerging as a fashion heavyweight. The profile of Africa's fashion scene is rising and designers are establishing themselves in the West (26/05/15)

Ali Bongo Ondimba Gabon’s President signs an agreement with the organisation ‘ Space for Giants’ to restrict the poaching of elephants. (03/03/15)

Dominic Ongwen who was abducted as a child and became a key lieutenant of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, has surrendered to the Ugandan army (11/01/15)

Nicholas Opiyo - Ugandan civil society groups are warning that a bill to regulate non-governmental organisations is a blow to basic freedoms and threatens to curtail the activities of some groups, reducing essential services to some of the country’s poorest people. Nicholas Opiyo, a human rights lawyer and the executive director of Chapter Four Uganda, said the legislation “would extinguish the very character of non-governmental organisations and make them puppets of the state (24/06/15)

Mr Edward Ouko is the Auditor-General of Kenya. Today he said that about 25% of Kenya's $16bn (£10bn) budget for 2013-2014 cannot be adequately accounted for (29/07/15)

Elizabeth Parkes, a Ghanaian, is based in Ibadan, Nigeria. She was an international consultant at the Cassava Breeding Unit of IITA Ibadan and a Cassava Molecular Breeder and Head of the Pokuase Research Station of CSIR-CRI from 2004 to 2012. She started her research work with the root crop team of CSIR-CRI in Kumasi in 1992, working on agronomic studies of cassava, yam, cocoyam, sweet potato, frafra potato, and taro (08/08/15)

Dr Motsoko Pheko a South African lawyer and author thinks xenophobia is a disease which could destroy Africa faster than HIV/AIDS (22/05/15)

Hifikepunye Pohamba Namibia’s outgoing President, 79, wins the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s African leadership prize of $ 5 million (02/03/15)

Dr Nii Narku Quaynor of Ghana, who has been referred to as the ‘father of the internet’ in Africa. The Africa Internet Summit is being held in Tunisia. Ministers, policymakers, people in business, civil society representatives and technology workers will be discussing the key internet-related development issues facing Africa today (01/06/15)

Cyril Ramaphosa - The South African inquiry into 2012 fatal shooting of 34 miners near Lonmin Marikana mine says police officers should face criminal prosecution – but exonerates deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Mr Ramaphosa, then a senior ANC leader, was a director of the UK-listed Lonmin mine affected by the strike and gave instructions to the Police and Mines Ministers the day before the mass shooting for the “dastardly criminal” conduct of the miners to be stopped (22/06/15)

Issad Rebrab has been listed as number 577 in the Forbes magazine Rich List 2015. He is an Algerian billionaire with a personal wealth of £ 3.4 billion (01/03/15)

Adnane Remmal the Moroccan biotechnology professor has won this year's Innovation Prize for Africa, a $100,000 cash prize which recognizes his development of a natural alternative to normal antibiotics for livestock. His discovery was heralded as being especially important, given the rise of drug-resistant diseases and the increasing use of antibiotics in farming. This year the Innovation Prize for Africa attracted 925 entries from 41 countries (16/08/15)

Khadija Riadi is the former president of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH). The association is being targeted by the Moroccan security forces (04/01/15)

Juliana Rotich is an information technology professional who has developed web tools for crowdsourcing crisis information and coverage of topics related to the environment. She is the Executive Director for Ushahidi, an opensource software project which uses crowdsourced geolocation, mobile phone, and web reporting data to provide crisis reporting and information. "Ushahidi" is the Swahili word for "testimony" (16/07/15)

Albert Rudatsimburwa the Rwandan talk-show host, musician and entrepreneur has created ‘Isamaza’. Fed up with local bars and supermarkets stocking expensive imported spirits, Isamaza is the result of a two year period of testing to create a Rwandan liquor.  There are five flavours and they are named after a distinctive type of cattle which are the most prized possession in Rwandan culture (10/05/15)

Bob Rugurika a Burundian journalist has been arrested after reporting on radio, the murder of three Italian nuns in Sept 2014. Rugurika is a director of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) (23/01/15)

Islam Salahadin Atitu a 4th year engineering student at Cairo's Ain Shams University, was kidnapped by two mean after taking a humanities test. The student was later found the following day. He had been shot and his body showed signs of physical abuse. It is alleged Atitu was a suspect in the killing of Colonel Tahoun a ministry of interior official. (03/06/15)

Macky Sall is the Senegalese President who gave a press conference at the presidential palace in Dakar. He announced a referendum on reducing the term of his office from seven to five years (17/03/15)

Cheri Samba is one of many artists from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, featured in an exhibition which opened today at the Cartier Foundation in Montparnasse, Paris, France. Samba has often had problems with the authorities due to the political nature of some of his art (12/07/15)

Lamido Sanusi  is a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. A year ago he was suspended from his position after he questioned an estimated shortfall of $ 20 billion in oil revenues. Following a recent report by PwC about the missing money, Sanusi believes any officials found responsible for involvement in a breach of trust should be charged (14/05/15)

Naguib Sawiris an Egyptian billionaire insists the EuroNews channel must stand up to repressive regimes (27/02/15)

Lesley Erica Scott, a South African,  is the winner of the 2015 prize for innovation with the highest social impact. The African Innovation Foundation hopes their awards will give particular projects a boost and also help promote social and economic transformation Africa-wide. Scott developed a machine that examines the accuracy of machines used to diagnosis TB, reducing instances of inaccurate diagnosis (17/08/15)

Dr Jacques Sebisaho has been working to establish health systems that prioritise marginalised segments of society, in particular women and pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His organisation Amani Global Works covers 110,000 people on the island of Idjwi in the Lake Kivu area (19/02/15)

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Prince Harry (of the UK) have opened The Mamohato Children's Centre which will educate and support children living with HIV, in one of the world's poorest countries. The centre has been built by the charity they set up called Sentebale (18/08/15)

Winnie Selby was just 17 years old when she co-founded Afrocentric Bamboo, a company that manufactures and markets bicycles made from bamboo. Today, at just 19, she is heading what has become a growing brand of bikes which are sturdy, affordable and made for the high terrain and rough roads of rural Ghana (13/02/15)

Namwali Serpell, from Zambia, has won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for her short story entitled “The Sack” from Africa39 (07/07/15)

Abubakar Shekau leader of Boku Haram, the militant Islamic group whichmurdered over 2,000 people in Northern Nigeria (10/01/15)

Abi Awomosu Shobowale is the Head of Digital Marketing and Analytics at Lagos-based 'L5LAB'. The company provides seed stage investments in high potential tech-related companies in Africa and develops international partnerships to successfully extend proven business models into West Africa and the broader Sub-Saharan region. Abi  is a graduate of the London School of Economic & Political Science (05/08/15)

Bukky Shonibare is one of the activists behind #bringbackourgirls movement. A candlelit vigil was held in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja to mark the 500 day anniversary of the kidnap of over 270 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram. Over 50 girls have escaped from the Islamist militant group since the kidnapping which took place at Chibok school in Kano province in April 2014 (28/08/15)

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was hosted by Pope Tawadros II at a Cairo cathedral at Coptic Christmas Eve mass, in a symbolic show of unity with the country’s often marginalised Christian minority (08/01/15)

Abderrahmane Sissako is a film director from Mali. This month his latest film 'Timbuktu' was released. His movie focuses on the way in which richly diverse traditions are being trampled by fanatical jihadis many of whom come from outside the country (28/05/15)

Priscilla Sitienei who was a rural midwife, hopes to inspire children to make the most of their education. She is a Kenyan grandmother, aged 90, and is the 'world's oldest primary school pupil' . She enrolled at Leaders Vision Preparatory School in the Rift Valley village of Ndalat five years ago, with the intention of finally learning to read and write (22/01/15)

Innocent Smoke is 10 years old and lives near the remote village of Simulemba, north of Kasungu, Malawi. He was diagnosed at a local clinic with the early stages of trachoma, a painful eye condition that his parents know will slowly attack his eyelids and then his veins and muscles, inevitably blinding him over a period of 10 years if he does not get the right treatment. To have any chance, Innocent’s parents have been told they must get him to a specialist clinic at the central hospital in Lilongwe. Because the condition has been caught early, hopefully he will not need surgery and the ointments and eyedrops should be enough to save his sight. But it will cost the family nearly $5 to see a specialist, a sum beyond what they can afford (14/08/15)

Ephrem Solomon, an up-and-coming Ethiopian artist. His works have been purchased by Charles Saatchi who says Solomon's works portray the distance between the governing and the governed (10/08/15)

Kenny Solomon who escaped township violence in South Africa to become a chess grandmaster (09/01/15)

Mohamed Soltan is on hunger strike in Tora Liman prison. He was arrested at a pro-democracy protest in Cairo in 2013 (27/01/15)

Professor Reni Sonaiya is the first woman to run for president in Nigeria (27/03/15)

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman who went from medical doctor to a celebrated humanitarian. He founded Gift of the Givers which is the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent (12/02/15)

Mohamed Soumah, 27, was the first person to be vaccinated in an Ebola trial and 84 days after the vaccination, he was advised he was 'all clear’.  This meant that an end to the Ebola epidemic in west Africa could be in sight after successful vaccine trials involving 4,000 people in Guinea, sponsored by the World Health Organisation (27/07/15)

Wole Soyinka Nobel Laureate and former Nigerian political prisoner, has Soyinka railed against what is thought to have been the most expensive election in African history. He thought the Nigerian presidential election was wasteful and insensitive in terms of what people live on (29/03/15)

Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian serial entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, an institution located outside Johannesburg in South Africa that aims to develop 6,000 transformative leaders for Africa over a 50-year period. He is also the founder of African Leadership Network, Global Leadership Adventures, and Africa Advisory Group (03/08/15)

Abdellah Taia is a gay writer and filmmaker in Morocco. In his new book ‘ A Country To Die’ he explores how a society famed for its freedom still harbours prejudice (07/04/15)

Pope Tawadros II hosted President Sisi, the first Egyptian leader to appear at a Cairo cathedral at Coptic Christmas Eve mass, in a symbolic show of unity with the country’s often marginalised Christian minority (08/01/15)

Daniel Teklehaimanot the Eritrean rider, made cycling history, becoming the first black African to wear a leader's jersey at the Tour de France. The happy event was marred when it became known that another African cyclist had been racially abused by Branislau Samoilau, a cyclist on another team (23/07/15)

Jimmy Thoronka, 20, Sierra Leone’s top sprinter, who vanished after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, was arrested after he was found in an emaciated state, living rough on the streets of London. He was the first athlete in Sierra Leone to carry the Queen’s baton in the run up to the games (06/03/15)

Yaya Toure, captain of Ivory Coast which won the Africa Nations Cup in a dramatic penalty shoot out with Ghana (08/02/15)

Rose Twiner is a Ugandan innovator, who designed the Eco Stove- a smoke free, user friendly, more efficient, and state of the art cook stove that uses reusable stones (21/01/15)

DJ Van is one of Morocco’s biggest dance acts. He is managed by Janatte Haddadi one of very few women to work in the music business in the country (20/04/15)

Melanie Verwoerd and Sonwabiso Ngcawo discuss what 21 years of democracy means to twenty one, 21 year olds in their book '21 at 21- The Coming of Age of a Nation' at the South African Book Fair in Cape Town which opened today (31/07/15)

Tesfalem Waldyes an Ethiopian journalist was unexpectedly released from a remand prison outside the capital, Addis Ababa. He and eight other bloggers and journalists had been imprisoned for well over a year, facing trial under Ethiopian anti-terrorism legislation - accused of working with forces seeking to overthrow the state.  Mr Tesfalem said he did not want to talk about prison conditions, for fear of provoking Ethiopia's government, but he was motivated to speak out on behalf of the four journalists still in detention (06/07/15)

President Boni Yayi of Benin is facing allegations that about $4.3m (£2.8m) donated by The Netherlands for water projects in Benin has been embezzled, according to an independent audit.  The president's government agreed to the audit following pressure from The Netherlands, which had suspended aid worth about $160m. The government has promised that the law will take its course against the government officials and businessmen accused of embezzlement. Denmark has also suspended some aid to the West African state because of alleged corruption (30/07/15)

Meshack Yebei was found dead in a river. His body had been mutilated. He had been due to testify at the trial of Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, at the international criminal court (07/01/15)

Celine Yoda is one of the politicians in Burkino Faso who had her salary cut by half. MPs were being paid more than £23,000 per annum, when the average salary is £1,200 (13/01/15)

Ben Zabo the musician from Mali is having a great 2015 after he toured the Sahara desert with his band. Beginning in Morocco he travelled to Timbuktu and Segou. He released his last album last year ' Wa Maliba' (Our Great Mali) (30/05/15)

Arthur Zang is a Cameroonian engineer who, at the age of 24, developed Africa's first handheld medical computer tablet - the Cardiopad - which helps diagnose people with heart disease. Trials are currently taking place in hospitals in Cameroon (18/03/15)

Yared Zeleke is an Ethiopian film director from Addis Ababa. His first feature film 'Lamb' was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It is the first film from Ethiopia to have been officially selected in the festival's 68-year history (18/06/15)

Richard Zulu is from Kampala, Uganda and is a Founder, Lead and Program Manager of Outbox Uganda, an innovation hub and incubation space that supports people to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses. Outbox currently works with over 20 startups, and has reached over 900 individuals through their community business trainings (09/07/15)

Goodwill Zwelithini  - The latest outbreak of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa has been widely blamed on a speech last month by King Goodwill Zwelithini, traditional leader of the Zulu ethnic group, in which he linked foreigners to crime and said they must “take their bags and go”. The king has since claimed his words were misconstrued (19/04/15)