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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

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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