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

Nadia Rose is a 23-year-old, wicked cool rapper from West Croydon, London. The UK-based rapper is of Ghanaian descent and is the next rising rap star coming out of a British brigade of mostly male rappers. As the daughter of a DJ, she began writing bars at age 13 and her favorite hobby, reading the dictionary, has proven useful to creating the visionary's witty, punchline filled singles.

On January 13, 2017, Rose released her EP Highly Flammable following the successful release of her singles “Station,” “BOOM!” and “SKWOD.” The video for “SKWOD” has over 2.9 million views in its 7 months on YouTube.

She was born into the British rap royal family; her cousin, Stormzy, is a major player in the Grime scene. Additionally, she is receiving high praise from American R&B Superstar, Alicia Keys. In her videos, Rose drops swaggy rhymes to match her fashionable look. This combination has garnered her sponsorships from Adidas, G-Star, Beats by DRE and DKNY. Her sponsorships and sick bars have led to a string of sold out shows with the likes of Anderson.Paak and Section Boyz. Rose is now signed to Relentless Records, a subsidiary of SONY Music Group so it's safe to say you will see her again.



Ugandan Sports Maven Usher Komugisha Is Preparing To Spread Her Wings

After successfully commentating at the recent Basketball Africa League held in Kigali, award-winning sports journalist and analyst Usher Komughisha is dead set on pursuing a new challenge.

Most times, when we think of sports industry personalities, especially in Africa, the first name that springs to mind is usually that of a male. Women, however, are increasingly breaking barriers and taking up their rightful positions everywhere in society. And it's so inspiring to watch!

Usher Komugisha continues to defy the odds, and she is rising to become a household name in the sports industry in Africa. If you followed the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) competition that kicked off on May 16, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda, then you definitely know who we are talking about. With great power, control and a unique voice, Usher commanded the attention of basketball lovers in the 215 countries it was broadcasted to.

Usher's bubbly personality, which shone through when I first contacted her telephonically, brought warmth, a sense of comfort and for a minute it felt like we'd been friends for eternity. Below, she lets us into her sport-filled world...

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