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HANTA TIANA RANAIVO RAJAONARISOA

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

Hanta Tiana Ranaivo Rajaonarisoa is the Malagasy creator and CEO of BioMADA, which has since been renamed Flore Aroma. In 2011, while in high school, Hanta created and launched her line of 100 percent natural, essential oils with money she saved from school. All of the products she makes are effective as mosquito repellant which helps to reduce the likelihood of contracting Malaria. Her first batch of only 100 bottles, which she sold at a trade fair, sold out within days.


Rajaonarisoa has since created an array of products ranging from all-natural hair spray to antiperspirant. Hanta has created much more than a fragrance line, all of her products are made locally; creating jobs for hundreds in Madagascar.

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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

ABC News reports that former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja reportedly passed away this past Tuesday. The exact cause of death is unclear but reports indicate that the 82-year-old had been battling age-related illnesses for several years. The former head-of-state succumbed to his illness(s) in a hospital in Niamey, Niger. According to VoA, the Nigerien government officially called for the nation to enter into a three-day mourning period.

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