Meet the 2019 FACES of Global Black Excellence

Nii Ntreh Dec 26, 2019 at 02:27pm

December 26, 2019 at 02:27 pm | Faces of Black Excellence, Opinions & Features

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Staff Writer

December 26, 2019 at 02:27 pm | Faces of Black Excellence, Opinions & Features

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Tomi Adeyemi. Photo Credit: Time.com

Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a first-generation Nigerian-American who, in fairness, moved from obscurity to worldwide fame, thanks to a big break as an author.

Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone was an instant success in 2017, with Fox 2000 buying rights for a film adaptation.

This made Adeyemi’s 2019 Children of Virtue and Vengeance a heavily-anticipated book. Thankfully, it did not disappoint but serving to prolong her fame beyond 15 minutes, just in case anyone thought that was the case.

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Ilwad Elman. Photo Credit: OkayAfrica.com

Ilwad Elman

Ilwad Elman is a Canadian-Somali peace and development activist who has rolled up her sleeves since 2010, despite being about 20 at the time.

She moved from a fairly comfortable life in Canada to war-ravaged Somalia to help advocate against violence against girls and women.

In 2019, Elman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, among a list of 300 other candidates. Although she did not win, Elman felt her nomination was enough recognition and publicity for her work.

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