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JESSICA O. MATTHEWS

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

Jessica Matthews is a Harvard alum who has the seal of approval from former Presidents Obama and Clinton, for her energy harnessing soccer ball that produces three hours of light for every hour of play. At the age of 19, Matthews invented Soccket as an alternative to generators, which emit carcinogenic fumes. The creation took years to test but by the age of 22, Matthews started the tech-start-up, Uncharted Play. 


In 2016, the entrepreneur raised $7 million for company.

Matthews uses her innovations to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint by creating a cleaner air solution, using a recreational activity to produce energy. Her second creation is a jump rope that can be used as a light.

She currently serves as the Ambassador of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Her list of accolades include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Black Enterprise’s Innovator of the Year, and Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation.

The eco-friendly CEO continues to turn child's play into power - we're here for it.  —MB

Music

The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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