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DR. TEBELLO NYOKONG

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Dr. Tebello Nyokong is an award-winning South African chemist and Rhodes University professor, who grew up in Lesotho where she and other children alternated days between watching sheep in the fields and going to the classroom. From her rural upbringing, Dr. Nyokong became an internationally acclaimed scientist who is recognized for her work.


The professor's breakthrough in cancer research led to her winning the UNESCO L’Oréal Award, and the Order of Mapungubwe for her contributions in Science - South Africa’s highest order. Her work shows how photodynamic therapy, which requires the use of the same dye that gives denim its blue color, to generate toxins that kill cancerous cells without harming the healthy ones. The African Union awarded the scientist in 2016 with the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award.

Dr. Nyokong is proof that African women can pursue the sciences at a high-level, and her work is exactly what the world needs now.

—JO

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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