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3 Africans Whose Careers Make Us Proud

In honour of Africa month, here are 3 accomplished Africans whose career moves continue to inspire us.  

Dikgang Moseneke - South Africa

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Former South African Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke has had a stellar career; and even in his retirement he continues to make headlines. As the deputy chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, Moseneke helped oversee South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. His long legal career saw him become a judge in the Constitutional Court and then Deputy Chief Justice. He also served as Acting Chief Justice before his retirement.

Last year he was asked to chair the Life Esidimeni Arbitration hearings which were recently concluded. In an unprecedented move he recently announced that he would donate his earnings in excess of R400 thousand to the University of Western Cape's Law faculty.

On 27 April President Cyril Ramaphosa honoured him with the Order of Luthuli in Gold for his outstanding contribution to law and administration.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Nigeria

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Nigerian-born Adichie has an illustrious career as an author. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have won numerous awards.

However, it's her staunch feminist stance that recently got her making headlines when she dared to challenge former US First Lady and US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Adichie and the 2016 Democratic nominee shared the stage at the PEN World Voices literary festival in New York last month when the author asked Clinton about the bio on her Twitter page. The 70-year-old had started her bio off with "wife, mom, grandma" before listing her professional accomplishments.

"In your Twitter account, the first word that describes you is wife and when I saw that, I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset," Adichie said. She noted that Clinton's husband, former US President Bill Clinton, did not have the word "husband" in his Twitter bio. Clinton conceded and said she would change it. 

Now Clinton's bio reads: "2016 Democratic Nominee, SecState, Senator, hair icon. Mom, Wife, Grandma x2, lawyer, advocate, fan of walks in the woods & standing up for our democracy." 

Talk about the Adichie touch!

Fred Swaniker - Ghana

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As the founder of the African Leadership Academy, Fred Swaniker is renowned for his innovation in higher education on the continent.

His dedication to inspiring and uplifting African students is often celebrated, just as was the case on 25 April when he was the recipient of the 2018 Buffett Award for Emerging Leaders from Northwestern University.

“I came to see that Africa’s greatest potential is our people. It isn’t our gold, or our diamonds. It is the people that we have above ground," Swaniker said when accepting the award.