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Meet the 5 African Innovators Who've Been Named TED2018 Fellows

This group of African innovators will "spread ideas worth spreading" at TED2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

TED2018 will take place on from April 10-14 in Vancouver, Canada, and this year's fellows have just been announced.

This year's theme is "The Age of Amazement," and like every year, the list of fellows is an enthusiastic group of bright, game-changing thinkers from across the globe who will receive TED's support in amplifying their groundbreaking work. The network of TED fellows currently includes 453 entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, teachers, doctors, journalists and more, from 96 different countries.

For the first time, this year's fellows includes forward-thinking individuals from Thailand, Syria and Ukraine. Once again, the list includes a bevy of innovators from across the African continent and diaspora whose work is shifting culture and offering bright, technologically driven solutions to some of society's most pressing challenges.

This year list includes a total of three fellows and two senior fellows from the African continent, learn more about them below.

Faith Osier

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Kenyan-German doctor, who studies the effects of malaria. Osier is using her research to develop groundbreaking malaria vaccines.

Yasin Kakande

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Ugandan author and investigative journalist working to uncover the human rights violations against migrant workers. He has produced several critical reports on issues impacting Ugandan women and children. Kakande was named fellow last year, but will present this year in Vancouver.

Saran Kaba Jones

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Liberian clean water advocate and founder of FACE Africa, an organization that brings water and safe sanitation to rural communities across the continent through local-based WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) initiatives. Kaba Jones was also named a fellow in 2017, but will head to Vancouver this year to present her work.

Senior Fellows

David Sengeh

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Kenyan and Sierra Leonean biomechatronics engineer designing and utilizing new healthcare technologies to fight disease in Africa.

Aziza Chaouni

Moroccan civil engineer and architect using technology to create sustainable environments in the Middle East.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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