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SARAN KABA JONES

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

The New York-based, Harvard educated FACE Africa (Fund A Child’s Education) founder and CEO, is known as a clean water advocate. Saran Kaba Jones is a Liberian who had to leave her country as an eight year-old to escape the war, and decided to empower children from her country on a trip back as an adult in 2008. Her annual Wash Gala event raises money for Liberian communities in need of water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools.




Time Magazine named Jones as a Next Generation Leader, while the World Economic Forum acknowledged her as a Young Leader. The accomplished social entrepreneur is a UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group Board Member, and regularly speaks on water infrastructure, entrepreneurship and gender equality. The London School of Economics, the African Union MIT and Harvard have all called on her to share her expertise.



—JO

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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