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Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices profiles change agents

Published by The Nation on Sun, 17 Mar 2019


African Voices sponsored by Globacom on the Cable News Network(CNN) is profiling the impactful contributions of three change agents to their communities through education and innovation in its latest edition.The trio who are guests in this weeks edition of the magazine programme include Tanzanias girls advocate,Rebecca Gyumi;Solomon King Benge, the founder of Fundi botsfrom Kampala and a social entrepreneur, Misan Rewane, who hails from Nigeria.Gyumi, a lawyer,is theFounder & Executive Director at Msichana Initiative, a Tanzanian NGO which empowers the girl-child through education, while addressingkey challenges which limit girls rightsto education. hasequally worked for overeightyears withFemina, a youth focused organisation,as a TV personality.Gyumiis respected for a landmark case on child marriages which she won consequent upon a petition she filed at the High Court of Tanzania. She hadchallengedthe Tanzania Marriage Act, 1971 which legalisesmarriage by adolescent girls fromtheageof14.Her victory on the case led to the decisionto raisethe minimum age of marriage to 18 forbothTanzanian boys and girls.This, among other achievements culminatedinthe award of the UN Human Rights Prizetoher.The second guest on the programme, Ugandas Solomon King Bende foundedFundi Bots which employs robotics training within and outside African schools to create and inspire a new generation of students and innovators who are better prepared for careers in the technology sector and who can become change-makers in their communities.An engineer by training, Benge deploys science through robots to drive home the possibility of new innovations in Uganda.The third guest, Nigerias Misan Rewane,is equipping young adults with the skills to build careers of their choices.Harvard-trained Rewaneisthe Chief Executive Officer ofWAVE (West Africa Vocational Education). He has aresolve to ameliorate the incidence of youth unemployment in Nigeria,by teaching young people the skills needed tomaintain successful careers in their chosen fields of human endeavour.
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