In a world characterized by dynamic change and innovation, Africa stands at the forefront of transformation, driven by a new generation of leaders who are challenging perceptions and pushing boundaries. At the recent Unstoppable Africa Summit, held during the United Nations General Assembly, three exceptional young African women emerged as powerful advocates for a continent on the brink of profound change.
Chido Mpemba, the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union, is a testament to Africa’s boundless potential. She tirelessly champions the voices and aspirations of Africa’s youth, firmly believing in their place on the global stage.
Deniece Laurent-Mantey, a bridge-builder between Africa and the United States, brings a unique perspective rooted in her Ghanaian-American heritage. Her commitment to fostering collaboration resonates with African youth eager to embrace their heritage while forging new global connections.
Areej Noor, inspired by her activist mother, leads efforts to create a global community of influential African women creatives. Her mission is to bridge the gap between African and diaspora women filmmakers and the international market, recognizing the continent’s unmatched creative talent.
These remarkable women share a common vision of empowering Africa’s youth and harnessing the continent’s innovation, creativity, and heritage. They understand that partnerships, especially with African institutions, are essential for progress, sustainability, and local ownership of Africa’s narratives.
Investing in Africa’s youth is a top priority, exemplified by organizations like the Mastercard Foundation, committed to securing employment for 30 million young Africans by 2030. With Africa’s population set to reshape geopolitics, global economics, and more, these young leaders are actively shaping the future.
Their stories inspire us to believe in Africa’s limitless promise and potential. As we celebrate these Incredible Africans, we recognize that the continent’s destiny is intertwined with the dreams and aspirations of its youth. Africa’s future is bright, thanks to the visionaries who are rewriting its story.