Empowering Narratives: Celebrating the Resilience and Achievements of African Women

© Sputnik . Evgeny Biyatov / Go to the mediabankParticipant of the World Youth Festival on the federal territory "Sirius". The World Youth Festival (WYF) runs from 1 to 7 March.
Participant of the World Youth Festival on the federal territory Sirius. The World Youth Festival (WYF) runs from 1 to 7 March. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 08.03.2024
In the heart of diverse cultures and vibrant landscapes, African women stand as pillars of strength, resilience, and inspiration. On Women's Day, Sputnik Africa commemorates the incredible contributions of ladies across the continent, acknowledging their pivotal roles in shaping societies, economies, and future.
African women have long been the unsung heroes, embodying a spirit of resilience that transcends generations. From mothers, Guinness World Record holders to scientists, there seem to be no barriers for our heroines. In honor of the occasion, Sputnik Africa recalls the most interesting recent stories about strong and inspiring women.

Fanta Yadang and Hadidjatou Daïrou: Medical Researchers from Cameroon

The two young ladies told Sputnik Africa that their passion for science stemmed from the professions of their fathers as a nurse and a veterinarian, and that they became friends at the university.
Motivated by the scientific discoveries of their institute, their country, and their families, and challenging stereotypical attitude of women in Cameroon, the two female researchers were awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Young Talent - Sub-Saharan Africa 2023 for their contribution to medicine.
Yadang studied the cognitive benefits of the Carissa Edulis plant as a result of her concentration on Alzheimer's illness. Daïrou researched the cardiovascular qualities of the stem bark of a nearby plant.
The women said that their institute, nation, and families served as inspiration for their scientific discoveries. In their discussion of women's roles in science, Yadang and Daïrou stressed the need to dispel gender biases and stereotypes. They brought attention to the difficulties that women encounter, such as cultural norms surrounding family obligations.
Winners of the L'Oreal-UNESCO Young Talent Prize for Women in Science Sabine Adeline Fanta Yadang, 32, (L) and Hadidjatou Daпrou, 33, (R) pose for a photograph at the Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plant Studies in Yaounde on November 23, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 11.02.2024
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Safina Namukwaya: 70-Year-Old New Mother From Uganda

At the age of 70, she became the oldest mother in Africa and gave birth to twins after facing many challenges during her pregnancy.
Safina told the local media that her decision to have a child at such an age was influenced by the constant stigma and ridicule for being childless, so she decided to undergo artificial insemination.
70 year old, Safina Namukwaya, delivered twins in Uganda - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 30.11.2023
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Rose Tata Wekesa: Astounding 62 Hours of Teaching - Kenya

A biology and chemistry teacher who set out to hold the record for the longest lesson ever taught, teaching science for an astonishing 62 hours.
Speaking to Sputnik Africa, Rose reflected on the challenges she faced during the record attempt, such as the need to raise funds and the physical discomfort she experienced due to high blood pressure and sore legs. The objective of the world's longest lesson was not just to educate, but also to stimulate a renewed interest in science in Kenya and throughout Africa.
Wekesa sought to debunk the myth that science is an intimidating subject by showing that it can be interesting and approachable. The irrepressible teacher additionally sought to encourage youth to choose a career in teaching, which she described as "very noble but not highly esteemed."
School desk with copybooks in modern classroom
 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 22.02.2024
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Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum: A Remarkable Attempt for the Longest Solo Singing - Ghana

In her interview with Sputnik Africa, Asantewaa said: "I love to empower women because growing up I barely had anyone to empower me, except my mom," and that she was using the attempt to "empower young girls and more women is the right way to go."
Asantewaa is a broadcast journalist and an entrepreneur who made headlines in December for her impressive attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest solo singing marathon, a staggering 126 hours and 52 minutes of perseverance.
Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, a Ghanaian broadcast journalist, entrepreneur, and media personality. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 21.01.2024
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Priscilla Chigariro: Founder and Executive Producer of Zimbabwe Fashion Week - Zimbabwe

Speaking on the sidelines of the BRICS+ Fashion Summit, Chigariro told Sputnik Africa that "Africa is an emerging market" because it has a lot of interesting fashion patterns to showcase. We have a lot of interesting creations. So far, I feel like there's been a lot of interest in East and West African fashion."
Chigariro argued in an interview that raising the caliber of indigenous African fashion firms' goods and teaching them social media savvy are essential to increasing their competitiveness.
Chigariro was a key participant at the BRICS+ Fashion Summit, which took place in Moscow from November 28 to December 2.
 Founder and Executive Producer of Zimbabwe Fashion Week, Priscilla Chigariro at the BRICS+ Fashion Summit 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 29.11.2023
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Helen Williams: A Wig-Make World Record Holder - Nigeria

A Lagos-based professional wigmaker with over eight years of experience has fulfilled the dream of many women to have long and beautiful hair.
The wig she created was 351.28 meters (1,152 ft 5 in) long and Williams told the Guinness World Record that it took her 11 days and over two million naira (approx. $2,493) to make it.
The record-holder woman said that apart from the longest wig ever, her achievement is that she made "thousands of wigs and trained hundreds of students." Finding enough room to measure the wig precisely and put it out in a straight line was the main challenge for the Nigerian wig manufacturer.
Helen Williams who set a new world record for the longest wig in November, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 15.11.2023
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Caster Semenya: An Athlete with Two Olympic Gold Medals - South Africa

She is a three-time world champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist in her field.
Semenya holds the record for the fastest 800 meters run by a female athlete at the Commonwealth Games, with a time of 1 minute, 56.68 seconds at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Following the series of rules prohibiting female athletes with hyperandrogenism - a condition marked by elevated testosterone levels - introduced by Word Athletics, a middle-distance athlete's primary objective now is to win the sports organization in court, not the Olympics. This is because new regulations prohibit female athletes with disorders of sex development (DSDs) from competing unless they medically suppress their naturally high testosterone levels.
Ethiopia's long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie crosses the finish line to win the Vienna city half marathon, in downtown Vienna, Austria, on Sunday, April 15, 2012.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 08.08.2023
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Failatu Abdul-Razak: A Guinness World Record Cook - Ghana

She managed to cook non-stop for 10 days in a row in January, making her likely the next Guinness World Record holder in the individual cooking marathon.
Failatu revealed that during the marathon she received messages of support from various Ghanaian politicians, including Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, local celebrities, and even members of the military.
Failatu Abdul-Razak, a chef from Ghana, during her cooking marathon. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 11.01.2024
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Hilda Baci: A Chef and Restaurateur - Nigeria

By completing her marathon 100-hour cooking session in May last year, Hilda Baci became a new Guinness World Record for "longest cooking time" by a single person.
Commenting on her achievement, former President Muhammadu Buhari said, "Hilda's drive, ambition and resilience have brought great interest and insight into the uniqueness of Nigerian food. She is now a cultural icon, and I believe that this feat will inspire many more young people, in Nigeria and beyond, to follow in her footsteps."
A file photo of Chef Hilda Baci - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 16.05.2023
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This commemoration is not merely a reflection but a celebration – a recognition of the extraordinary journey these women undertook.