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HEDAYA WAHBA

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

Hedaya Wahba started taekwondo as a six-year-old, following in her older brother's footsteps. Decades later, that innocent decision has grown into an Olympic destiny. She participated in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, in the 57 kg category, and took home a bronze medal at last year’s event. She won Egypt's third medal in the competition and made history as Egypt's first woman to win a medal for tae kwondo at the Olympics.




At only 23 , the Egyptian taekwondo practitioner has a stunning career ahead. We hope to see her at the next Olympics, and wherever else her sky-high kicks lead her.



-AA

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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