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FARIDA BEDWEI

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

Farida Bedwei, a Ghanaian software engineer, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at one years old. But that hasn’t been a disadvantage in her career. Bedwei is the co-founder and chief technical officer of software company Logiciel, and the developer of a cloud software platform that 130 nationwide microfinance companies use today. The South African publication, CEO Magazine, named her the most influential woman in government and business in Africa. She’s the definition of a boss.




As society is becoming more aware of marginalization, intersectionality and “isms” that systemically hold people back, it’s important to recognize that people with different abilities are not disadvantaged—they’re worthy, they matter. “I am a role model for a lot of children with disabilities so it’s very important for me to showcase to the world that...Yes...You can have a disabled child and it’s not the end of the world,” Bedwei tells CNN. She’s right—it can be the beginning of a whole new world.



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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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