Mahamadou Siradji ADAMOU, 28 | Mwanamume, Niger

Mahamadou ni kiongozi  mchnaga aliyejitolea na mwanaharakati wa  haki za kimazingira, utawala bora, uwazi na uwajibikaji. Anafanya kazi na  Shirikisho la Vijana wa Kizazi Changa, na vilevile ni mwanachama wa mipango kadhaa ya jamii inayohusisha vijana katika huduma za kijamiii ikiwa ni pamoja na  Vijana wa Kujitolea Kwa Minaajili ya Mazingira (JVE). Anaombwa mara kwa mara kuwakilisha vijana wa jumuiya yake katika Vikao vya Baraza la Manispaa. Mahamadou ni mkufunzi wa  usimamizi wa bidhaa na huduma kwa wanachama wa kamati simamizi. Alipanga, na kushiriki katika warsha kadhaa pamoja na mikutano kuhusu utawala bora, udhibiti wa migogoro isiyoyolingana, uwajibikaji wa kiraia, na udhibiti wa kiraia wa hatua za umma (CCAP). Amejitolea kuimarisha jukumu la vijana katika maendeleo ya jumuiya za mitaa.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi

Ili kuwepo na maendeleo endelevu katika bara letu, ni muhimu kuwa na tofauti katika mijadala yetu lakini umoja katika matendo yetu. Maono yangu ni kuwa mfano mzuri wa vijana kwa kuendeleza mfano wa uongozi unaohamasisha wengine. Tunapaswa kuwa mfano wa haki kwa sababu  bara la Afrika si la kikundi fulani cha viongozi bali ni la kwa watu wote.

Shirika: www.jveniger.org

ADDIS Solomon Abebe, 35 | Male, Ethiopia

Solomon has over three decades as an African citizen, he started by being a youth activist advocating for justice, peace, dignity, democracy and Pan-Africanism. Solomon obtained two master’s degrees in Social Development & Social Work as well as Sociology. He has contributed a great deal to scale-up international advocacy efforts that align with his personal vision of creating a better future that is full of dignity and quality of life for all. Solomon is the Founder and Director of Millennium Youth Coalition, a nongovernmental organization in Ethiopia that is dedicated to ensuring a better democratic Africa.

Personal Statement
Along with a large network of like-minded people, I am committed to realizing a democratic Africa with fair & inclusive elections by 2025.

Organisation: www.tlethiopia.org

Gideon Adeyeni, 28 | Mwanamume, Nigeria

Gideon ni  kijana wa Nigeria  mwenye mazoefu ya kuhamasisha vijana  kuhusu swala la haki. Pamoja na marafiki zake na jamii, alihamasisha maelfu ya watu kuhusu maadili ya Azimio la Kilimanjaro kutokana na kuaminika kwa lengo la azimio hilo. Baada ya kushuhudia  uovu wa mifumo za kisiasa na za kiuchumi nchini Nigeria, na baada ya kuhitimu kimasomo, Adeyeni alijitosa kwenye jitihada za kupindua mifumo hizo maovu. Anazidi kukashiifu  mfumo wa kisiasa wa Nigeria ambao seti ya mabwenyeye wananyanyasa walio wengi , na kusababisha mfumo wa kiuchumi unaowanyima wengi wa wananchi maisha ya kimsingi, na kuwafaa wachache. Gideon anaamini kuwa kukuza demokrasia ni kigezo muhimu  katikati kufanikisha haki za kiuchumi, kitamaduni, kisiasa na kimazingira. Pamoja na ndugu na dada zake, anajitahidi kukuza na kulinda demokrasia nchini Nigeria kwa kupitia a kampeni maarufu ya #VoteRightNigeria, akishikilia falsafa ya uasilivu.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Ili kukomesha uharibifu wa rasilimali zetu za asili, ukandamizaji wa haki za watu wetu, na utawala wa mfumo wa kiuchumi usio na haki unaohukumu wengi wetu kuwa maskini katika bara lenye  utajiri mkubwa, basi lazima wanawake na wanaume wenye ufahamu na wema waendelee kutembea pamoja kwa ujasiri kutupilia mbali nguzo za udhalimu. Naonelea Africans Rising kama utamaduni mpya wa msukumo usio na ukatili miongoni mwa WanaAfrika wote , na natumai kuwepo katika ndoto zake za siku zijazo.

Shirika:  Africans Rising

ALI Mbongo, 38 | Male, Burundi

Mbongo is a human rights lawyer who has dedicated his career to fighting inequalities against marginalized minority groups across Burundi such as the SWAHILI, TWA and GANWA. His main aim is to have a new Burundian constitution which will guarantee equal rights to all Burundian citizens. Ali is a die-hard Africans Rising’s supporter, he was selected as a 2017 Activist in Residence, and ever since he has been working to raise the visibility of the movement in his community. Ali is the founder and director of a national NGO named Via-Volonté. The organisation aims to promote democratic values and defend marginalized minorities. Ali also founded two social movements, Swahili of Burundi Liberation Front (FLSB) and Citoyens du Monde Francophone (CIMOF). The latter aims to gather citizens from French-speaking countries to build a dynamic solidarity when facing challenges from different fronts.

Personal Statement
As an African activist fighting for change in my lovely country, I am aware of the socio-economic and political challenges that face Africans. Our dear continent is bleeding and it is our duty to end her suffering and build the African that we all deserve in solidarity with one another.a

Organisation: www.viavolente.org

AYUKI Maria, 35 | Female, Tanzania

BELNDOUM Asdjim, 31 | Male, Tchad

Personal Statement
I am humbled by my nomination for the CC, it is with a deep conviction and devotion that I joined the Movement Africans Rising. Being a Pan-Africanist from Chad, I can not stay on the sidelines of a Movement that defends African dignity, peace and justice. We can all do more to uplift this Pan African solidarity.

Organisation: Association Pour Le Developpement de Mourtcha

Andrew Kugmeh Brooks, 26 | Mwanamume, Liberia

Andrew Kugmeh Brooks ni mwanaharakati wa kibinadamu na wa vijana ambaye amekuwa akifanya kazi kwa kuhalalisha kisheria, kushiriki katika mipango ya maendeleo na kutafuta usaidizi wa kitaifa na kimataifa kupitia miradi maalum ili kusaidia jamii  zilizoathirika zaidi na vilevile zenye matumaini makubwa kama wazazi wa pekee, hasa akina mama. Andrew Kugmeh Brooks analenga kuzidisha ufahamu katika jamii kuhusu demokrasia, haki za binadamu, usawa wa kijinsia na haki ya kijamii.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Nimejitolea kufanikisha  mabadiliko ya kijamii, kiuchumi na kilimo kwa wale  wasio bahatika miongoni mwetu.

BUNGONG Abanda Marcel, 34/ Mwanamume, Cameroon

Abanda Marcel alihitimu katika  Initiative ya Uongozi wa Young Africa (YALI), Shirika la Changemakers Fellowship, na Chuo Kikuu cha Uongozi wa Cameroon. Ana umri wa miaka 18 ya uzoefu wa kazi na jamii  kuhusu uwezeshaji wa vijana, uongozi wa kimaadili, kuzuia vurugu, ukatili na uendelevu wa mazingira. Abanda amekuwa akifanya kazi kama mwandishi wa kujitegemea kwa magazeti mbalimbali za mitaa na mchezaji na Radio Radio (DMCR) Nkambe kwa zaidi ya miaka 13. Abanda ni Mratibu wa Jumuiya ya Wimbum Community Foundation na Ofisi ya Cameroon katika Ndu Sub Division. Yeye pia ni Mratibu wa Mkutano wa Vijana kwa Haki ya Mazingira (YAFEJ), ambayo inalenga katika haki ya mazingira. Ameandaa mikutano ya vijana zaidi ya 150, warsha na semina tangu mwaka 2001 na kuhudhuria wengi. Amepata tuzo za kitaifa na za kimataifa zaidi ya 12 na heshima kusherehekea miaka 18 ya kufanya kazi na vijana na jamii.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Maono yangu kwa Africans Rising ni kuwa sisi sote na  kwa pamoja tutimize lengo la Africans Rising la kukuza umoja wa Afrika na umoja wa madhumuni.

Shirika la kijamii :  WIMBUM Community Foundation

Cidia Chissungu, 22 | Mwanamke, Msumbiji

Cidia amejiunga na harakati zinazohusiana na maswala ya kijamii  mwaka 2015, baada ya kuhudhuria mafunzo inayoitwa TOT Activist iliyoandaliwa na Nairobi Global Platform. Baada ya mafunzo haya, aliikubali changamoto ya kutekeleza mpango wa Activista nchini Msumbiji. Cidia ameweza kuipa motisha harakati hizo kwa kuendeleza mradi wa mafunzo kuhusu maswala ya  uongozi, hatua za kijamii na ujasiriamali. Mradi huo ulihusisha vijana zaidi ya 170 kutoka vyuo vikuu mbalimbali huko Maputo. Kutokana na jitihada zake kazini, Cidia aliwashawishi mawazo na kuhamasisha wanaharakati katika mji wa Maputo, Marracuene, Manhiça na mikoa mingine, na kufanya Activista kuwa mtetezi mkubwa wa Elimu, utawala bora na haki za mazingira nchini Msumbiji. Mbali na kuwa mwanaharakati, Cídia Chissungo pia ni msemaji wa kepeana motisha . Kwa sasa, Cidia ni mwanachama wa IWG wa Africans Rising, na amezindua  vilevile harakati za BLACK CIVILIZATION MOVEMENT mnamo Agosti 2018. Hizi harakati mpya imeahidi kukuza ushirikiano miongoni mwa WanaAfrika kupitia hatua mathubuti . Pia, kivyake ameanzisha shirika ambalo linalotoa huduma za ushauri na mafunzo ya kitaalamu kwa wanafunzi wadogo wa chuo kikuu.

Shirika: Activisata Mozambique

DHKOU Ambroise | Female, Mali

DIARRA Maria | Female, Senegal

DIEYE Rokhaya, 45 | Female, Senegal

Rokhaya DIEYE is a manager by training and has an extensive expertise in Management of organizations. After seven years of experience in the field of marketing and communication mainly in real estate companies in Senegal, she decided to have a career change and joined LEAD Francophone Africa to contribute more efficiently to the emergence of a new generation of young Africans Leaders working for sustainable development. Rokhaya benefited from the LEAD Program, an international leadership program in environment and sustainable development, she then was recruited as a Learning Program Leader for 2 years with LEAD Francophone Africa. She was responsible for the coordination of training and Alumni networking across 20 African countries. With her background in the private sector, she is strongly interested in CSR initiatives and how to promote and institutionalize them in Africa to the benefit of local communities. She is currently a Consultant in Leadership and Management. Since July 2015, Rokhaya has been chairing LEAD Senegal, a youth leader’s national association composed LEAD Alumni living in Senegal.

Personal Statement
I believe in our capacities as connectors and changemakers to improve the legacy of Pan-Africanism for the future generation. It is time for us to commit people from Africa as catalysts of the change we want to see in the continent and in the world.

Organisation: LEAD Francophone Africa

Elisée Nèyaassi Madai, 26 | Mwanamume, Benin

Elisée ana rekodi ya kujitolea kwa lengo la maendeleo na uendelevu. Yeye ni msemaj wa kupeana motisha , na mkufunzi wa  uongozi uajasiriamali na uchumi wa kijamii. Analenga kubadili mawazo kwa kuelemisha maswala ya uraia. Tangu mwaka 2012, Elisée amekuwa akifanya kikamilifu na Club ya UEMOA ya Utangamano  katika lengo lake la kuunganisha vijana Waafrika na kuwasaidia kukabiliana na changamoto za ukosefu wa ajira kupitia ujasiriamali. Elisée amewajibikia kazi yake katika Kampeni dhidi ya ndoa za mapema zinazowaathiri  watoto. Maono yake ni kujenga Afrika inayojitegemea na wenye umoja na amani . Kiongozi huyo mdogo wa Benin anataka kubadilisha sura ya Afrika!

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Kujiunga na  harakati za Africans Rising ni fursa ya kipekee kuongeza mara dufu  jitihada zangu za kukuza mshikamano na umoja wa WanaAfrika. Ninaahidi kujitoelea kikamilifu  kujenga Afrika huru na wenye ustawi, amani na maisha bora.

Shirika: YSA

Domani Doré, 35 | Mwanamke, Guinea

Domani ni mwanafalsafa kwa kuhitimu, Waziri wa zamani wa Michezo na Mshauri wa Manispaa tangu Februari 2018. Mwaka 2016, alianzishwa na amekuwa akiongoza La Guinée Audacieuse; shirika linalolenga kuimarisha, kupeana mtazamo wa akina mama , na kustahilimisha  wafanyakazi wa kisiasa wa Guinea. Yeye ni mwanachama wa Mtandao wa Wanawake wa Kimataifa katika Siasa na Balozi wa Guinea ya Mpango wa Global #LeadLikeAGirl (Girl2leader) ulioanzishwa na Rais wa Jamhuri ya Malta. Kazi ya Domani imetambulika kupitia kwa tuzo kadhaa za kitaifa; aliweka nafasi ya 16 kati ya Takwimu 50 za Ushawishi mkubwa zaidi Magharibi mwa Afrika  na gazeti la Influential nchini Senegal. Katika kipindi cha miaka kumi iliyopita, amepata ujuzi wa kina katika mawasiliano na maendeleo ya miradi za vijana na wanawake.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Kupeana motisha,  kushawishi, kueneza ujumbe i na kupanga ndizo njia zangu za hamasisho. Kupitia Africans Rising, nataka kutimiza  maono ya Afrika iliyoungana na kuamsha uwezo wa rasilimali zake za kibinadamu. Tunapaswa kuweka wanawake na vijana katika mstari wa ,mbele wa harakati hizi za   mabadiliko ili kuzisongesha mbele!

Shirika:   www.salondesentrepeneursdeguinee.com

Dennis Ekwere, 38 | Mwanamume, Nigeria

Dennis ni mwanablogu wa kijamii na mhusika wa kutajika wa  harakati nyingi za kujitolea kuhusu maswala za vijana Nigeria. Analenga kazi yake kwa jumuiya za mitaa nchini Nigeria kama sehemu ya kampeni zake za kueneza ufahamu kuhusu Malengo ya Maendeleo Endelevu (SDG). Dennis anafanya kazi na vikundi  rasmi vya vijana pamoja na visivyo rasmi kwa kuambatanisha kwa mujibu wa uhalisia wa maskani, kuelezea na kutafsiri kwa kina maana ya SDG na jinsi kila mtu anaweza kufaidika nao. Lengo lake ni kujifunza na kuongeza kiwango cha kazi yake mashinani  ili kusaidia kueneza ujumbe mzuri na wenye kupeana motisha.

Cheikh Fall, 37 | Mwanamume , Senegal

Cheikh ni meneja wa mradi wa wavuti, msanidi wa wavuti na blogger anayeishi Senegal. Yeye ni Cyberactivist maarufu aliyeanzisha # SUNU2012; mradi wa ushirikiano wa kidemokrasia online ama mtanadaoni  ili kukuza uwazi katika uchaguzi wa urais wa Senegal kupitia kwa njia ya uwazi wa vyombo vya habari na taarifa za wananchi. Aliunda bandari ya kwanza ya raia vijana nchini Senegal inayoitwa 2010 Ruepublique.net. na aliteuliwa kwa tuzo la Prix Net Citoyen NETIZEN2013 liyoandaliwa na Google na waandishi wa habari bila mipaka(Reporters Without Borders). Mnamo Mwaka wa 2014 vilevile,  alichaguliwa na Deutsch Welle kwa ajili ya Uwanaharakati bora zaidi mtandaoni. Alianzisha ligi ya wanaharakati wa Afrika na wanablogu, AFRICTIVISTES, ambayo imekuwa ikileta pamoja watu kutoka  barani Afrika nzima na ughaibuni ili washirikiane kwa kutumia mtandao kendeleza demokrasia barani Afrika.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Katika nchi zingine, rais ni mtu mwenye mamlaka makubwa. Anafanya maamuzi yote kwa niaba ya wanachi wote. Rais wa jamhuri  alivyo na mamlaka makubwa, basi itakuwa ni aibu kumchagua bila nasaha.

Shirika:  AFRICTIVISTES

GASSAMA Saikou Kawsu, 38 | Male, The Gambia

Saikou Gassama has gathered some three years’ work experience in the international NGO sector with Action Aid International in project/programme management, governance and partnership building using the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) in the fights against poverty and injustice in The Gambia. Mr Gassama has experience in coalition building and networking among CSOs and is a trained international Election Observer. Similarly, he has obtained four year’s professional experience in senior management at central government level up to the position of the Cabinet Secretary in the Republic of The Gambia. He has sound experience in public service and public sector reform management, democratization, accountability, local governance & decentralisation. He is leading and managing the National Cabinet Office with expertise in public policy & foreign policy analysis, diplomacy and decision making, coordination of partnership between the UN System and the Central Government, with advanced research skills. He has also attained four-year lecturing/teaching experience in Political Sciences, International Law and Diplomacy, Sustainable Development, International Relations, Politics and Development. Saikou is mentoring high school students, he has also mentored youth organization such as ACTIVISTA and CeFGaD. He is currently serving as Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President, and as the Executive Director, Centre for Governance and Development (CeFGaD) in The Gambia. Through advocacy and promotion of ethical leadership, CeFGaD has the vision of institutionalizing principles of social justice in the citizenry’s active participation.

Personal Statement
I support the vision of African Rising to promote and protect the rights and dignity of Africans. I have shared this vision, and have worked to ensure our independence from the undue onslaught by the so-called forces of globalization and neocolonial domination with a particular focus on the rights of women. I will continue, with the support of Africans Rising and CeFGaD to advocate for ethical governance and leadership in the Gambia, Africa and the world.

Organisation: CeFGaD

GRAGAU Maulline, 30 | Female, Ethiopia, Russia & Israel

Maulline is a creative, youth leader, social innovator, researcher, legislative drafter and lawyer. She holds a degree in law with a minor in Criminology and Forensic Science. She is a versatile professional with 5+ years of experience in the areas of law and forensic science. She is passionate about legal practice, youth and women empowerment through entrepreneurship, responsive leadership and environmental conservation. She has been serving in various capacities with various organisations such as the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, the International Youth Journal, the Digital Opportunity Trust and the International Institute for Legislative Affairs. Maulline is not only used to wearing many hats, she sincerely enjoys it. She believes that the purpose of intellectual endeavours and the meaning of life are to speculate, to create and to contribute.

Personal Statement
I believe that Africans have the capability to find homegrown solutions to all the undeniable problems which confront them. I am passionate about achieving social change through movement building and nonviolent direct action that is rooted in love and solidarity. This is my motivation for sharing tools, tactical innovations and approaches that amplify the creativity, security and effectiveness of social movements.

Organisation: www.dotrust.org

HUSSEIN Kiiza Saddam, 27 | Male, Uganda

Kiiza is a lawyer by profession and a young leader who has established a career in human rights defence and climate justice. He believes in the values of democracy, justice and gender equality. Kiiza is the Founder of the Young Entrepreneurs and Leadership Initiative which empowers young people to hone their leadership journey. Kiiza serves as the East African Regional Coordinator at Rolesa, a legal organization and as a Program Director at Uganda Youth Society for Human Rights. He also leads a project called “Young African Leaders Talk and Act on Climate Change” which aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of climatic change in Africa. With such an impressive professional and leadership traits, Kiiza Aspires to make a positive difference in Uganda and Africa in its entirety by equipping the youth with transferable skills and knowledge so as to allow them to hold the torch of peace, justice and dignity.

Personal Statement
Acknowledging that in order to restore peace, justice and dignity to all Africans, their full human rights should be guaranteed and respected. It is on this pursuit that my role and skills shall be applied to mobilize support for the work of Africans Rising. I will rally my network to prepare young members of the movement to fight corruption, demand justice and promote the Pan-African ideals of solidarity, shared inclusion and economic prosperity as embedded in the Kilimanjaro declaration.

Organisation: Uganda Youth Society for Human Rights

KALYANG Jonathan, 24 | Male - Uganda

Jonathan is passionate about working with youth to strengthen their civic engagement and inform them about their health rights. He has a track record in advocacy work starting with initiatives across Lubaga’s primary schools. Jonathan works with Bridge Builders Uganda which is a youth-led organization. In 2018, he served as a Youth Community Advocate with the My Health, My Right project. His role included dialogue mediation and raising awareness around issues of sexual & reproductive health. Jonathan organised multiple school forums and developed evidence-based reports after working with his fellow advocates to design 14 advocacy sessions. He has also worked with health centres like Kawaala and Kitebi where he shared his locally-collected data to mitigate certain health challenges affecting the youth.

Personal Statement
As a youth leader, I am adept in youth coordination, mobilization, and counselling. I believe that I will add value to the Africans Rising dream by providing my support in involving the youth in the community- based activities to enhance their volunteer spirit.

Organisation: Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescents Health

Appolinaire Zagbe Kamanyula, 33 | Mwnamume, DR Congo & Ujerumani

Hivi sasa anaishi Ujerumani- Bayern. Appolinaire ni mzaliwa wa Kisiwa cha IKO katika Mkoa wa Kivu Kusini mwa Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo. Ana rekodi   katika usimamizi wa biashara, ufuatiliaji wa mradi & tathmini, na ushauri wa kisheria. Appolinaire ana shahada la Masters katika somo la sheria, hasa Sheria ya Kimataifa ya Umma kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Kimataifa cha Kampala, pamoja na shahada  ya Bachelors katika Uhusiano wa Kimataifa na Idara ya Kidiplomasia kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Goma. Yeye ni mtumishi anayejitoela kwa minaajili ya maswala ya kijamii , na aliyehitimu kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Michigan. Kutetea haki za kijamii kimemwelekeza kuanzisha  na kusimamia kikundi cha PEPA; shirika ambalo limekuwa likifanya kazi DR Congo na Uganda. Kupitia mashirikiano ya PEPA, maendeleo na mipango ya kijamii, ana lengo la kubadilisha jamii za Afrika. Appolinaire ni mtu wa watu; anahamasisha wengi ulimwenguni kote na historia yake ya  kufanya kazi miongoni mwa tamaduni mbalimbali, na uwezo wa kuzungumza kwa umma. Anazungumza Kifaransa, Kiingereza, Swahili, Kijerumani, Lingala, na Luganda.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Kuunganisha bara la Afrika na kukuza Pan-Africanism wa ukweli ni lengo langu kuu , kulingana na maono ya Africans Rising.   Changamoto zozote kwa taifa lolote la Afrika lafaa kuwa changamoto kwa bara nzima la Afrika, inayvoambatana na maadili halisi ya Pan-Africanism, Afrika itakuwa bara nzima lililosimama.

Shirika: PEPA

KANZA Sophie, 26 | Female, South Africa & DR Congo

Sophie hails originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently living in South Africa. She is a passionate pan-African change-maker and peace activist. Sophie is the co-founder of the Sophie A Kanza Foundation, a home-grown NGO that has vowed to improve the collection and distribution of food, clothes and toiletries across South African communities and raising awareness to break stereotypes about Afrophobia. Her current work includes Afrophobia awareness, youth volunteerism, activism, peacebuilding and social cohesion projects. Sophie is passionate about inter-continental collaborations and projects, as she strives to influence malicious Institutionalzied Afrophobia policies through their work and activism. Sophie hopes to take her film Singabantu (We are human) on a continental tour to have many more discussions about Afrophobia. She is planning to open a youth hub in her hometown, Kinshasa, and inspire young people to create similar movements. In 2018, Sophie was named Alliance of Peacebuilding Scholar, One Young World Peace Ambassador and Brand South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador.

Personal statement
I believe activism is for everybody - it comes in different forms. My mission is to bring peace-building and activism into everyday conversations. I am not the voice of the voiceless, I use my story and my platform to encourage others to be the narrator of their own change.  I want us to work towards an Africa that works. An Africa for Africans by Africans. Where majority really rules. We, young people, are the majority.

Organisation: Sophie Kanza Foundation

KARAMAGI Andrew, 30 | Male, Uganda

Andrew Karamagi is a lawyer, social justice activist and budding scholar who has worked as Project Coordinator—Shrinking Civic and Political Space at ActionAid International Uganda. Previously, he worked at the Human Rights and Peace Centre, a department of the School of Law, Makerere University and is a pioneer founding member of the Young Leaders’ Forum, a reflection platform which seeks to bring together youth from various political parties in pursuit of a shared and national political agenda. Together, this team developed the National Youth Manifesto 2016-2021. He is a Core Associate Trainer at the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation in Arusha, Tanzania. Karamagi has co-authored in the international journal, Agenda, and wrote a chapter on youth participation in electoral politics in the Ugandan best seller, Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 Elections. He contributes opinions for Uganda’s leading daily newspapers and is a regular panellist on a number of the country’s radio and television talk shows.

Buba Khan, 45 | Mwanamume, Gambia

Buba amekuwa akifanya kazi kwa ustadi mkubwa  ili kujenga kazi endelevu na pana katika sera na utetezi kwa haki za binadamu na haki kwa jumla  katika sekta zote na nyanja za jamii, zikiwemo utawala, demokrasia, kilimo, usalama wa chakula na maisha. Anahudumu kama Afisa wa Ushauri wa bara la Afrika na ActionAid International. Kupitia jukwaa hili na mengine awali, Buba analenga kuimarisha ubora wa maisha kwa wote, hasa vijana, watoto, wanawake na makundi mengine yaliyotengwa. Kama mjumbe wa mabadiliko, lengo lake ni kutumia sera kama chombo cha kubadilisha jitihada za mpango ambazo zinapunguza umasikini, ukosefu wa haki, udhalimu na hasira ya kibinadamu kupitia kuwezesha mchakato unaosababisha hatua na shughuli / mipango.

Shirika: ActionAid International

 

KIDANE Nunu, 61 | Female, Ethiopia & USA

Nunu Kidane is the Director of Priority Africa Network, a progressive organization based in the San Francisco/Bay Area. For nearly three decades, she has worked on issues of global policy analysis as relates to Africa. She’s written on militarism, resource extraction, migration, social, economic and racial justice. In January 2012, Nunu was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work with the African Diaspora. She is a founding member of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrants Rights (PANiDMR) and current Editor/Coordinator of the Africa Moves initiative; a Pan-African migration platform. Africans Rising also recognized Nunu as an official “Ambassador” in 2017. Nunu has been the voice for enhanced transnational dialogue on immigration, globalization and race, culture and identity. She is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley where she resides with her family.

Personal Statement
I believe Africans Rising is a vehicle for mobilization and creating of a new level of movement building by tapping into new and creative energies of young people and building on historic frameworks of resistance. I am proud to have been part of the beginning, following the Arusha Validation Conference and the Kilimanjaro Declaration. I am also proud to have been recognized as an Ambassador and humbled for the opportunity to continue to be part of a future that builds on authentic African values and is committed towards a long-term solidarity.

Organisation: California Newsreel

KOMBA Nelson Sawanga, 25 | Male, Kenya

Nelson Komba is currently the Director of Civic Leaders Kenya; an NGO working to strengthen the capacity of civic leaders in Kenya with resources and capacity for growth and sustainable projects. Nelson has worked to introduce monitoring and evaluation in most of the Civic Leaders Kenya to accelerate their programs. With this organisation, Nelson is working with civic leaders Network to strengthen civic education programs for a more informed citizenry that will shape future democratic processes. Over the years Nelson has had an outstanding reputation in fighting corruption Kenya. He pioneered the Integrity Clubs in Kenya's schools; a program that aims to raise ethical servant leadership. He has taken part in research about anti-corruption and this is shown well his book 24 Hours of Equality. Nelson has taken part in active activism against corruption in Kenya which has included active participation in county government budgetary process and protests. His diligence in fighting corruption has seen him receive both regional and international recognition. Nelson is an active social justice crusader and campaigner having participated actively in the fight for human rights and good governance in Kenya.

Personal Statement
I work to ensure the presence of informed civil society organizations with the capacity to strongly stand in respect of human rights, democracy and good governance in Africa.

Organisation: Youths Against Corruption Kenya

KOWENE Gaius, 25 | Mwanamume, DR Congo

Gaius, ni mwandishi mwenye tuzo, mwanaharakati wa haki za digital na mtetezi wa ushiriki wa vijana. Anasimulia  hadithi za watu wa kawaida wenye mafanikio makubwa . Kazi zake zimechapishwa na vyombo vya habari vinavyoheshimiwa duniani kama BBC, Radio France International na kituo cha habari cha Kijerumani Deutsche Welle. Gauis ni mwanzilishi wa harakati za Goma Web Activism Summit; tukio linaloleta pamoja jumuiya kubwa ya wanablogu kutoka Goma.  Vilevile alianzisha #BloGoma; kundi lisilo rasmi la wanaharakati wa mtandao wa Kongo wanaopigana  haki za mtandao kwa ushirikiano na mashirika mengine kama vile Internet Without Borders, AccessNow na Digital Rights Foundation. Yeye ni mwanachama  shupavu wa miungano kadhaa za Pan-Afrika kama vileAfrika Youth Movement na  League of African Web Activists ‘Africtivistes’ . Kama mwanachama wa CIVICUS, anashauri na kuhusu  njia zifaazo za kuwashirikisha vijana katika utekelezaji wa miradi ya kikundi hilo.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Ni wakati wetu  sasa tukome kueneza  nadharia na dhana potovu kuhusu  Pan Africanism na vilevile tukome kuzungumzia Afrika kama bara lenye uwezo. Badala yake, tunapaswa kuanzisha vitendo vinavyofanya raia wa kawaida wa Afrika  apate mazoefu ya ukweli huo. Jukumu letu lafaa liwe zaidi ya kuandaa tu mikakati yanayowiana na yale maadili mazuri yaliyotajwa katika azimio la Kilimanjaro. Basi tuna jukumu la kutekeleza yale ambayo hayajatimizwa na serikali zetu, mashirika ya magharibi na vikundi vinavyohusika na harakati za kibinadamu. Tunapaswa kufikiri juu ya vitendo halisi, vya kuuunganisha,  vya uwazi na vya kujitegemea kiufadhili vinavyoweza kubadilisha mzima mzima maisha ya wananchi wa kawaida na, na yaigwe vile vile katika sehemu nyingine barani Afrika.

Shirika: Youth Building in Synergy to End Poverty

MACHAT Seyfallah, 33 | Male, Tunisia

Seyfallah is a press and communications expert from Tunisia. He has a variety of experiences in the media sector but he specializes in reporting for radio and television. He is now the correspondent for France 24 channel reporting from different regions across Tunisia. A young leader from North Africa started his civic activity. The establishment of several youth initiatives at the local and national levels in his country and contributed to the establishment of some Arab and African regional initiatives. He worked as a youth volunteer and then as a consultant for the African Union  Peace and Security Administration under the African Union for Young Volunteers Program (AUYVC) between 2012 and 2014. He was appointed as the Youth Ambassador of the Arab Thought Foundation. Seyfallah facilitated several interventions and is a trained election observer. He offers an advisory support as an expert in youth organizing to a number of international bodies such as the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALESCO), the African Union for Young Volunteers Program. Seyfallah played an important role in organizing the African Youth Consultation on the 2063 Agenda in Tunis and Hammamet in 2013. He is now working with a group of civil society organizations and Tunisian youth activists to engage them in local political and social affairs and to spread the culture of dialogue & rejection of extremism.

Personal Statement I have dedicated my life to the Renaissance of Africa. I consider the challenge of the peoples of the African continent as an opportunity to gain a full sovereignty of their wealth. They are a second chance for our second liberation from all forms of economic and cultural dependence. This will be achieved only through the involvement and participation of African youth. Through the Kilimanjaro Declaration, I see a great harmony among social movements and citizen-led groups. Long live Africa.

Organisation: www.aaycouncil.org

MASARIRE Linda, 36 | Female, Zimbabwe

Linda is a human rights defender, a pro-democracy and political activist who is passionate about women and girl child rights. Linda is a widow and a proud mother of 5 children. She campaigned for the Harare Central parliamentary seat in the 2018 harmonized elections driven by her passion for gender equality and conviction that she can make a difference for all workers facing labour injustices. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Governance. Following a series of demonstrations and petitions against violations of human rights by the Government of Zimbabwe, she was incarcerated for challenging the ruling system to respect human dignity. During the days of incarceration, she mobilized fellow women prisoners and led an inmate protest against inhumane prison conditions. She was brutalized and moved to a male prison and placed on solitary confinement until she was granted bail by a High Court order in September 2016. Linda is the Founder and national coordinator for Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance, National Coordinator for the Young African Leadership Forum in Zimbabwe, Chairperson of the Revolutionary Freedom Fighters, Chairperson of STAR fellowship cohort 3, FES Alumni, Founder and Chairperson of the Association of Railways Terminated Employees and former President of the Trainmen workers Union (2008-2013). Linda has also been involved in trade unionism during her time at the National Railways of Zimbabwe and Systems Technology (Pvt Ltd) where she mobilized fellow employees to fight for their labour rights. She organised campaigns such as the “Bring back our women from Kuwait” campaign which led to the implementation of an expatriation plan for all trafficked persons outside Zimbabwe hence saving the lives of 200 female victims coming back home. She is also a former member of the executive management committee of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) responsible for recruitment and mobilization. She is the current spokesperson of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by President Dr. Thokozani Khupe.

Personal Statement
I strongly believe in Youth Leadership and grooming young people to effectively advocate and fight for social economic and political justice all across Africa.

Organisation: UDM

MAWIRE Munodawafa Wallace, 49 | Male, Zimbabwe

Wallace Mawire is a journalist and an award-winning photojournalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe who has a passion for reporting on development related issues, especially those affecting the African continent. He is very interested in writing on sustainable development issues and is currently reporting on topics such as climate change and renewable energy. Wallace has also had the opportunity to travel on reporting assignments to countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Malawi and Zambia. Through his work, he hopes to articulate issues which could have a positive impact and change on the African continent.

Personal Statement
Through my work as a journalist living and working in Africa, I hope to articulate issues which could have a positive impact on the African continent. l also want to play a great role in advocating for an African continent that is corruption-free.

Organisation: SAMACET

NGWANA, Rosette Mapienfu, 28 | Female, Cameroon

Rosette is a certified accountant with over 5 years of working experience across many sectors such as healthcare, logistics, consultancy and financial institutions. Being part of a healthcare institution triggered her passion for community development and leadership. In order to satisfy her curiosity, volunteerism was the answer. She has been volunteering with the Denis Miki Foundation Cameroon, an NGO that supports the development of underdeveloped communities through capacity building courses, ICT for sustainable development, talent/skill promotion, and wealth creation through agriculture, crop production and economic empowerment schemes. Rosette recently participated in a workshop on “Strengthening Capacities And Increasing Young Women’s Participation In Decision Making” which was convened by the Association Women for a Change (WFAC), Cameroon. She is a World Pulse changemaker and a Servant Leader, the fourth cohort of C-LIFE; a religious NGO that aims to empower young professionals in Cameroon.

Personal Statement I intend to continue my work to improve our freedom of expression and raise accountability efforts to end corruption. All of which can be possible if we build an alliance and connect our struggles.

Organisation: Denis Miki Foundation

NJIE Buba S | Male, The Gambia

Esther Omam Njomo, 50 | Mwanamke, Cameroon

Esther amekuwa  katika mstari wa  mbele wa masuala ya maendeleo katika Mkoa wa Magharibi mwa Cameroon kama Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa shirika la Reach Out Cameroon tangu  mwaka wa 1996. Alifanya kazi  vile vile na programu ya Relay for the European Union on civil society structuring & strengthening   kwa kushirikiana na mashirika ya Umoja wa Ulaya yanayo julikana kama PASOC na PAS. Aliunda harakati inayoitwa South West/North West Women Task Force (SNOWT),  yenye wanachama 200 ili kukabiliana na changamoto za  mgogoro wa sasa katika mikoa miwili ya Anglophone nchini. Cameroon.  Lengo la Esta limekuwa kuwaunga mkono watu wenye mazingira magumu na waliobaguliwa kwa kuwaboreshea hali kiuchumi, kijamii na kitamaduni. Esther amefanya kazi na wanawake na vijana zaidi ya 2000, aliweza kufikia  jamii kupitia miradi 150 ya ufanisi wa fedha ndogo. Kupitia timu ya Reach Out Cameroon , ameanzisha jitihada  mengi dhidi ya VVU / UKIMWI kwa lengo la kuboresha Huduma za Msingi na Huduma za Kisaikolojia. Vilevile amekuwa akitetea haki za vikundi vidogo na wanawake katika mikoa iliyoathirika na migogoro kama vile wanawake wa Mbororo katika Hinterlands - eneo la Bakassi, jamii zinazoishi kati ya Nigeria na Cameroon, na Tole. Kupitia mpango wa mkopo wa kirafiki, DROMBAYA Micro Loan, ameweza kushughulikia mahitaji ya  wasichana walioacha shule , wajane na akina mama ambao hawajaolewa. Hivi sasa, Esther anawapa msaada zaidi ya wakimbizi wa ndani 50,000 (IDPs). Yeye ni mwanachama wa Kamati ya Mkoa wa Karatasi ya Kukuza Uchumi na Ajira (GESP), Mratibu wa kamati tekelezi la Wanawake wa Kusini Magharibi na Kaskazini Magharibi, na Makamu wa Rais wa Mtandao wa Mashirika ya Kiraia ya Kusini Magharibi (SWECSON). Esther ana shahada la MBA katika  masomo ya Humanities , pamoja na shahada la B.A katika Kiingereza / Kifaransa kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Buea. Ametuzwa shahada na mialiko ya ushirikiano katika sekta ya Maendeleo.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Nimekuwa nikishiriki kikamilifu katika jitihada za  kuzuia migogoro katika mkoa wa Bakassi na mikoa ya Anglophone ya Cameroon. Ingawa nimekuwa na vikwazo vingi maishani, nina motisha  kuzidi kuwapa matumaini wale walioathirika na uchungu na mateso katika jamii zetu.

Kutokana na  kufanya kazi kwa bidii, kulenga makuui, na motisha katika kazi  zangu kwa jamii, naamini kwamba bado kuna mengi ya kutimizwa ili tufanikishe uwezo  wa wanawake na wasichana wetu.

Shirika: Reach Out Cameroon

Isaka Anyolo Ongere, 23 | Mwanamume, Kenya

Isaac Anyolo Ongere ni  mwanafunzi wa zamani wa  Chuo Kikuu cha Mlima Kenya, nchini  Kenya. Amehitimu kitaalamu na ana shahada katika manunuzi na diploma katika usimamizi wa biashara. Isaka alianzisha, Busy Busy ambayo ni kampuni  tamba ya vyombo vya habari inayoendeshwa kutoka mjiniKitale, Trans-Nzoia Kenya. Isaac hupanga mafunzo ya maonyesho katika jamii yake. Amefanikisha maonyesho, mashairi  na maonyesho katika baadhi ya sherehe za kuenziwa nchini Kenya. Ana uraibu wa kusafiri, kuandika michezo ya kuigiza na kuzifanikisha.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Timiza uraiba na ufanikishe ndoto yako ya komesha mauovu ama udhalimu  dhidi ya Waafrika wote.

Shirika: Busy Busy

Jean Claude Ntizoyimana, 35 | Mwanamume, Burundi

Jean-Claude ni mwanaharakati wa haki za kibinadamu na Kamishna Mkuu wa Tume Kuu ya Haki za Binadamu la  Chama cha Un Jeunesse Africaine Progressiste (AJAP-AFRICAINE), Progressive African Youth Association. Shirikisho hilo linpatikana Burundi lakini  kwa sasa liko katika nchi 54, ikiwemo na wanachama 60,260. Kazi ya Jean Claude inalenga kuhamasisha jamii kuhusu utatuzi wa  migogoro kwa kutumia njia za amani na haki kwa kutimiza haki za kibinadamu. Anashirikiana na timu ya wanasheria ili kutetea hasa jamiii za wachache ambao hawawezi kulipa ada za kisheria. Lengo lao kuu ni vijana. Wananuia  kujenga Afrika ambapo haki za binadamu zinaheshimiwa na ambapo watu wanaweza kuishi kwa amani na uhuru. Jean Claude pia ni Mhadhiri Msaidizi na mwanachama wa baraza la mafunzo na kisayansi katika Chuo Kikuu cha Taifa cha Burundi (Université du Burundi). Jean-Claude ana shahada ya Masters katika Mafunzo ya Amani, Haki za Binadamu na Utatuzi wa  Migogoro ya njia za Amani. Hivi karibuni amepata cheti cha Foundations in Mass Atrocity Prevention kutoka  Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation , vile vile anasomea  shahada ya Utafiti wa Kidaktari akilenga mada ya Utangamano katika Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki (EAC).

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Afrika imehathirika pakubwa kutokana na migogoro na vita; sasa ni wakati wa kusimama na kufanya kazi kufanikisha amani na haki. Ningependa  kujiunga na Africans Rising kwa sababu harakati zake zinahusisha muungano wa mashirika na wanaharakati. Africans Rising imechipuka wakati ambapo sisi, Waafrika, tunahitaji kusimama pamoja dhidi ya migogoro na vita, na uhasama wa kibinadamu.

Shirika: AJAP- Africaine

OYOO Sungu, 28 | Male, Kenya

Sungu is a writer, organiser, and trainer on non-violent resistance. He is a strong believer in social justice, and currently is an editor at Beautiful Trouble - where he’s part of a team developing a Pan-African edition of an activist toolkit with creative tactics of resistance and organizing. Sungu is also part of the African Coaching Network - a network of social movement coaches who provide embedded training and strategic support to social movements across our continent, equipping movements with skills and knowledge that enable them to effectively organize themselves and to strategically maintain a non-violent discipline. Sungu has previously been active in student movements in Kenya, and has been a coordinator at Kenyans for Tax Justice, a Kenyan grassroots social movement formed in 2013 in response to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act that sought to impose 16% VAT on basic commodities like rice, maize flour, sanitary towels, and disability mobility aids. Sungu holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Nairobi and has previously worked at Advocates for Change, Dandora Hip-Hop City and Action Aid. His writing has appeared on various blogs and media outlets including Daily Nation, Pambazuka News, and Africans Rising.

Personal Statement
As a Pan-Africanist, I believe that Africa is the future. I believe that Africa’s largely youthful population will push this continent to new social, political and economic realisations – but only if meaningfully engaged and organised. I seek to join the Coordinating Collective of Africans Rising to amplify the voices and aspirations of millions of these young Africans – and create mechanisms that enable them to take up active roles in our movement and in struggles for justice, peace, and dignity.

Organisation: Beautiful Rising

Catherine Rodgers, 40 | Mwanamke, Uganda

Catherine ni mwanamke aliyejitolea , mwanaharakati wa kiAfrika anayepigania nafasi za jinisia ya kike, na vilevile anayefanya kazi na vijana  barani Afrika kusaidia uongozi wao katika kujenga jamii zenye usawa, haki na uendelevu. Anajitahidi kuboresha ujuzi zao na kuwapa elimu na taaluma zifaao kukabili ukiukaji wa haki za kijinsia na za  kiuzazi za wanawake wachanga . Catherine anafanya kazi na timu ya kujitolea ili kuongeza ushiriki wa vijana katika utawala na uamuzi. Kama Mkurugenzi wa Hub katika shirika la Restless Development Uganda, anaongoza kwenye usimamizi wa Bodi, mipango ya kimkakati, kukusanya fedha na maswala ya kifedha, usimamizi wa kisheria na ustahimili wa changamoto, pamoja na kusimamia  Ushauri na Programu zinazowasaidia vijana kuwa na sauti kama wananchi wanaohusika vikamilifu, na kuwasaidia kutambua ama kutimiza uwezo ama ndoto zao za uongozi. Hapo awali, Catherine alifanya kazi na ActionAid International, kama Mshauri wa kushirikishwa kwa Vijana, akisaidia nchi 50 Afrika, Asia, Amerika na Ulaya. Catherine alitoa ushauri wa kimkakati kwa mtandao wa kampeni ya vijana wa ActionAid International, Activista, akisaidia nchi mbalimbali kuunda mitandao  ama ushirikiano za kitaifa za vijana, pamoja na kusaidia katika programu na sera.

Shirika: ActionAid International

David Shamala, 23 | Mwanamume, Kenya

Daudi ni mkongwe wa kujenga na kusimamia maudhui ya digital ili kujenga mahusiano kwa mashirika na watu binafsi. Analenga kazi yake kwa jitihada za kupambana na maswala zinazohusiana na unyanyasaji wa kijinsia, uendelevu wa mazingira, kilimo na ujasiriamali. Daudi anatumikia kama Afisa Mkuu wa kamati ya  Maudhui ya Vijana Afrika. Daudi anajivunia kuwa mfano mwema na msemaji wa kupeana motisha. Vile vile ni mwanafunzi anayesomea shahada ya kwanza katika somo la biashara (Bachelor of Commerce)  katika Chuo Kikuu cha Sayansi na Teknolojia ya Masinde Muliro, Kenya.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Maono yangu ya Afrika ni bara ambalo kila mtoto ana haki ya kulindwa na maendeleo, bila ubaguzi wowote kwenye misingi  ya hali ya kiuchumi, jinsia, rangi, kabila au dini. Afrika yetu inapaswa kuruhusu watoto wote kujenga maisha zao za kesho  kwa kuhifadhi urithi wetu, kugundua upeo mpya, na kujivunia zile sifa nzuri zaidi za kuwa MwaAfrika.

Shirika: Phanicey Foundation

SOWE Yahya, 22 | Male, The Gambia

Yahya is a youth activist, YALI Alumni and is the Regional Coordinator of Africa Youth Architects (AYA) in the Gambia. With more than 10 ten years of experience as a youth leader, Yahya is passionate about serving his community to improve their living conditions. He is also the president of the Pan-African Leaders Movement in the Gambia. Together with the movement members, he works to change legislation to include at least 30% of youth in decision-making in the Gambia. Yahya is fluent in Arabic and English.

Personal Statement
I am a passionate servant leader, I believe that change is incepted in school and scaled up within communities with the guiding principles of honesty. Youth must be given a chance to revise the architecture of their own destiny.  My vision is to see an inclusive Africa where all Africans benefit from our shared liberty, dignity and prosperity.  

Organisation: Movement of Pan-African Leaders

Abigael Stevens, 36/Mwanamke, Sierra Leone

Abigail Antonnette Theresa Stevens ni mwanaharakati mdogo na mkali wa kike. Yeye ni mhamasishaji, kampeni, mshauri, mtetezi, na mfano mzuri kwa jamii. Yeye ni mfanyakazi wa kijamii aliyesomea  Chuo Kikuu cha Njala na kujifunza Mafunzo ya Mazingira na Maendeleo. Kama mhitimu wa hivi karibuni, alitumia muda wake kufanya kazi ya kujitolea katika Kituo cha Mipango ya Shughuli za Vijana (CCYA). Abigail alipata uzoefu wa kitaalamu wa miaka 10 kama mfanyikazi wa Msaada wa Programu na baadaye kama Afisa wa Jinsia na CCYA. Alitumikia kama Afisa wa Mradi na Mpango kwa mipango mbalimbali inayohusiana na usalama wa maisha, haki za binadamu na masuala ya afya ya uzazi. Hivi karibuni, aliongezewa cheo  kama Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa CCYA. Abigail anaaminia kufanya kazi pamoja na ushirikiano mkubwa katika kufikia malengo ya kawaida. Yeye ni mwanachama wa kikundi cha Africans Rising, pamoja na ile ya Peoples power Movement.

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Ninataka kuona Afrika ambayo haina rushwa. Lazima Waafrika wafurahie haki zao, amani, heshima na utajiri. Ninataka kuona Waafrika wote wakiungana  kwa ushirikiano thabiti ili kufanikisha haki za kijamii, kiuchumi, mazingira na jinsia. Pamoja tunaweza kujenga kikundi cha nguvu . Lazima bara la  Afrika liinuke tena!

Shirika: Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities

SUSO Saiba T, 32 | Male, The Gambia

Saiba is a social justice activist who has led many national and international social justice campaigns and has dedicated most of his time working with women groups in rural communities prior to his formal employment both as a Community Mobilizer and a Youth Activist. He is currently serving as the Board Chair of Activista and the International Relation Officer for The Union of Emerging Societies in Africa “UNESAF”.  Saiba believes that raising consciousness among local communities, is key to setting aflame waves of change. His focus is to allow women to see themselves as drivers of change and demand from duty bearers to fulfill their obligations to the citizenry. Suso is one of the founding members of Activista The Gambia since 2008 and has led many of the network’s campaigns such as the Women’s Land Right. He also led two teams of young activists at the Conference of Youth COY11 and COP21 in Paris. Suso’s work has contributed to expanding the civic space and engaging the Gambia’s citizenry in decision making.

Personal Statement
My dream for Africans Rising is to take the lead of unifying African countries and to cut the imaginary borders that impede Africans development and progress. How can we liberate ourselves and live in Dignity when we do everything in foreign languages? We must Unify Africa with one language that we shall read, write and do business with. We must Promote international cultural exchange within African countries and celebrate each other as we coexist peacefully.

Organisation: www.wacsy.org

Alpha Ousmane SY 46 | Mwanamume, Senegal

Alpha Sy ni rais wa harakati ya Siggil Guinguineo. Amehudumia Baraza la Manispaa la Guinguineo katika kanda ya Kaolack (Senegal). Yeye pia ni mgombea  uchaguzi wa mitaa 2019 katika manispaa ya Guinguineo. Alpha SY ni Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Sy Investments , kampuni ya kimataifa ambayo imetekeleza miradi Ulaya, Asia na Afrika. Kama Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu, Alpha SY hutumia mikakati ya uwekezaji, husimamia maendeleo ya portfolios ya makampuni na kusimamia mtandao wa uwekezaji wa Sy Investments. Alpha SY ni mjasiriamali mwenye majira ambaye ana uzoefu zaidi ya miaka 15 katika biashara ya kimataifa. Alpha Sy ni miongoni mwa wasimamizi wa jukwaa nyingi za maendeleo ya uchumi na biashara nchini Afrika. Hivi karibuni, kama sehemu ya Mpango wa Mabingwa wa Kiafrika, anafanya kazi kwa ajili ya utekelezaji wa Eneo huru  la Biashara la Bara la Afrika. Alpha SY alianza kazi kama Mchambuzi wa Fedha huko Dakar, kabla ya kushikilia nafasi mbalimbali za kikazi nchini Uswisi, Ghana na Nigeria. Vilevile anatumikia Idara ya Uendeshaji ya COTECNA Afrika kama Makamu wa Rais Mkuu Afrika. Ana shahada ya Masters katika somo la kiuchumi kutoka Shule ya Uchumi wa Toulouse,pamoja na shahada ya pili ya Masters katika somo la Fedha za Kimataifa kutoka Shule ya Uchumi na Fedha za Kimataifa ya Bordeaux (Ufaransa).

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Afrika ni frontier ya mwisho, tuna rasilimali nyingi za kiasili lakini nyumbani kwa watu masikini zaidi duniani. Waafrika ni waathirika wa udhalimu, rushwa na vurugu, zinazosababisha uhamiaji wa kila aina. Africans Rising ina  njia ya kipekee na maono ya kuhakikisha kwamba Waafrika wanatoa jibu la pamoja kwa matatizo hayo. Kwa kujenga ushirikiano wa nguvu wa vijana, tunaelekeza njia yenye mkakati thabiti itakayofanikisha umoja na maendeleo ya bara letu.  Nimejitolea kuleta mchango ili kufanikisha ustawi wa Waafrika, na nina imani kwamba Africans Rising ni jukwaa ufaao.

Shirika: Siggil Guinguineo movement

TOMETI Opal, 34 | Female, Nigeria & USA

Opal is a New York-based Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. This historic political project was launched in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to protect and affirm the beauty and dignity of all Black lives. She is credited with creating the online platforms and initiating the social media strategy during the project’s early days. The campaign has grown into a national network of approximately 40 chapters. In 2016, in recognition of their contribution, Opal Tometi and the #BlackLivesMatter co-founders received an honorary doctorate degree and BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award. Opal is currently at the helm of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI); a national organization that educates and advocates to further immigrant rights and racial justice together with African-American, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean immigrant communities. As the Executive Director at BAJI, Opal collaborates with staff and communities in Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Oakland, Washington, DC and communities throughout the Southern states. Opal is being featured in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) for her historic contributions. Opal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters of Arts degree in Communication and Advocacy.

Personal Statement:
If people take the fight for justice seriously in their own country and with partners and immigrants in their community and folks in the international community, I believe that we will see human rights for all people affirmed.

Organisation: Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

UAPUTAUKA Taljaard, 35 | Male, Namibia

Taljaard is an educator with years of teaching experience in Mathematics and Natural Science and Health Education at a primary school level. He is also a youth activist who advocates for transformational leadership and Good Governance. Recently, Taljaard obtained an Advanced Diploma in Management from the Southern Business School (South Africa). He has also completed various online certification courses with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Young African Leadership Institute (YALI) and the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN). Through hard work and determination, Taljaard has been working as a Country Director for the African Youth Union Commission (AYUC), a Country Correspondent for the International Youths Human Rights Movement, a Country Ambassador to Students Against Corruption and a Member of the Young Africa Leadership Initiative. Taljaard is committed to seeing an Africa where there would be equal opportunities for all.

Personal Statement
My vision fully supports the core principles of the African Rising Movement. I will dedicate and commit my skills to realise the key objectives stipulated in the Kilimanjaro Declaration. This will be complimented by my vast established networks of common movements.

Organisation: African Youth Union Commission (AYUC)

Charles Kojo Vandyck, 40 | Mwanamume , Ghana

Charles anajivunia kuwa balozi wa bara la Afrika na anafurahishwa mno na   mabadiliko yanayofanyika barani . Charles aliishi miaka yake ya utotoni na ujanani i katika nchi nne za Afrika, hususan, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria na Ghana.  Vile vile amesafiri sana barani hasa Magharibi mwa Afrika . Mazoe a haya basi yameelekeza nia yake ya kuendeleza picha nzuri zaidi ya ya bara Afrika, huku akifjitahidi  kuwawezesha wananchi wake pamoja na na makundi yao ya kiraia. Charles ana ujuzi katika kuimarisha jamii za kiraia, kuwezesha uvumbuzi wa jamii, ushiriki wa kiraia na haki za binadamu. Charles ni Mshauri wa Kujenga Uwezo wa Programu ya Afrika Magharibi ya Fellowship ya Mandela (MWF). Yeye ndiye Mwenyekiti wa Bodi  Mwanzilishi wa Innovation For Change-Hub Afrique, uvumbuzi wa jamii uliyoundwa ili kukabiliana na kufungwa kwa nafasi za barani; vilevile ni mwanachama mwanzilishi wa shirika la International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon) , mpango wa   Kituo cha Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS),  huko Washington DC. Charles hivi sasa anatumikia  kama mkuu wa Capacity Development Unit katika shirika la Civil Society Institute la Afrika Maghraibi,  (WACSI). Vilevile yeye ni Mshirika wa mwaka wa 2017 wa Chuo Kikuu cha Stanford katika kitengo cha Nonprofit Leaders, pamoja na kuwa mshauri na mkufunzi wa programu ya Change the Game Resource Mobilisation .

Taarifa ya kibinafsi
Africans Rising ni jukwaa thabiti  la kufanikisha mabadiliko ya kijamii. Kikundi hili  lazima liwazijibikie azma, pamoja na kuhakikisha uwazi kwa  Waafrika, ambao kwamba inanena na kutenda kwa niaba yao. Africans Rising  wanapaswa kuendana na hali zinazobadilika haraka na kupata njia ubunifu za  kuendeleza kazi yake. Jukwaa lazima liwezeshe fursa na kuimarisha ufahamu wa kiraia ili kuwawezesha wananchi wa Afrika kutambua thamani ya kushiriki mandalizi ya kufanikisha mabadiliko. Kikundi cha Africans Rising vile vile  lazima kitetee mazingira nzuri ya kuwezesha makundi ya kijamii kufanya kazi, inayojumuisha sheria na sera zinazofaa, nafasi ya kisiasa inayofaa, na upatikanaji wa rasilimali na teknolojia

Shirika:  West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)