Young & Driven

Whether in business, government, philanthropy, science , social enterprise or the creative economy, a movement of young leaders is emerging. Follow the stories of Africa's young innovators and influencers

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Marsai Martin is world’s youngest ever executive producer-By Drive Africa Writer Black-ish’ star Marsai Martin is officially the world’s youngest ever executive producer.  Martin has broken the Guinness World Record for being the youngest Hollywood executive producer to work on a major film production.  Martin was recognized for her role in the film ‘Little’ in…

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Zambia’s Young Aviator

Flying high above odds At the just the tender age of 22, Zambia’s Besa Mumba is the country’s youngest female commercial pilot.  Besa is a qualified pilot working with Proflight Zambia, a leading aviation company based in Lusaka. Besa recently hit a major career milestone when she reached 1,000 hours of flying time. Besa’s career…

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Architect for Change

“There’s more power in young people than the people in power” says Brighton Mukupa Kaoma a Mandela Washington Fellow and an agent of change. He is a consultant in Environmental Sustainability, Behavior Change Communication, and a designer and facilitator of organizational change. Brighton is also an entrepreneur who co-founded KIDS Radio in Zambia and Agents…

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Thato: A rising Eco-entrepreneur

South Africa’s Thato Kgath Kgatlhanye is part of a new generation of young African entrepreneurs who are making a difference by creating innovative business models. In doing so,  they are  building solutions to many social and economic problems. Thato is a co-founder of Rethaka, a woman owned business that is behind the Repurpose School Bag…

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Made In Kigali: Fashionably Bold

Scorpio’s Plan To Transform Rwanda’s Fashion Industry Scorpio Ramazani Khoury is the Founder and CEO of Rwandan based fashion house, Made in Kigali. A graphic design graduate from the University of the Arts in London, Scorpio’s company produces high end textiles and garments that are locally inspired but with modern contemporary influences. The company uses…

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The Comeback Kid

From Adversity to Success South Africa’s Bheki Kunene exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship.  Bheki had a rough time growing up in South Africa’s tough neighborhoods. On several occasions he got himself in trouble. One particular incident proved to be tragic for him. Bheki got involved in an altercation with a teacher that led him to…

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Nuya: Beauty Queen To Businesswoman

Building A Beauty Care Brand..Against All Odds As they say fortune favours the brave. Tanzania’s Nuya Hellen Daussen’s journey exemplifies that. Nuya, is the founder of Nuya’s Essence, the Tanzanian based company that manufactures natural bath and body care products that include shampoos, handmade soaps, shea butter, lotions and body oils. To deliver high quality…

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Mogau Sheshoene-Cooking Up Success

A Young’s Founder’s Cooking Start Up Raves Up For many modern, time pressed, and upwardly mobile career South African women cooking can be a challenge. For others it is simply not knowing how to prepare traditional meals which are staple to many South African households. Such was the case that inspired the founding of one…

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