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20 Oct

Flying through Childhood Dreams

Growing up as a young girl, Asli Hassan Abade the first and only female pilot in the Somali air force, as well as the first female military pilot in Africa and in the Arab world, spent most of her childhood days watching airplanes take off and land at the Mogadishu airport. Asli was born on the first of January 1958, in Mogadishu, Somalia. She lived with her parents Hawa Aden and Hassan Abade and nine siblings in a house close to the Mogadishu airport. She grew up in a family with huge public service record most of which were high-positioned military officers, mostly before the civil war. With the unique dream of becoming a pilot, she was determined to pursue her passion...
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26 Sep

Halimah Yacob: Singapore’s First Female President

Halimah Yacob became Singapore’s first female president on the 13th of September 2017. This makes her the 12th woman to serve as president in the Asian continent. Her Excellency has been in Singapore’s political scene for more than a decade with a good record of impartial service. Born on the 23rd of August 1954 to an Indian father and a Malaysian mother, she came from an average family. Following the death of her father when she was eight years old, she was raised by her mother. The president attended the all-girls Chinese school in Singapore and Tanjong Katong Girls' School. She had her tertiary education in the National University of Singapore in 1978 where she gained an LLB (Hons) degree. It took...
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8 Sep

Melissa Mark-Viverito: New York’s First Hispanic Council Speaker

Mellissa Mark-viverito is the first Hispanic woman to hold the position as speaker of the New York City Council, which is the second most powerful position in the city government after that of the mayor. She got there through a unanimous agreement after years of dedicated efforts towards activism. Mellissa was born on the 1st, of April 1969 in San Juan to a Puerto Rico parent. She grew up in Bayamón but left for New York at age 18 based on educational purposes. Born into a wealthy home, her father a medical doctor founded the renowned San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón. She schooled at the Columbia University where she earned her bachelor’s degree and also bagged a  master’s degree from Baruch College studying...
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18 Aug

Isha Johansen: Championing Grassroot Football in Sierra Leone

Mrs. Isha Johansen is a Sierra Leonean born in the year 1965, into the family of Tejan-Cole of Creole descent. She was formerly known as Isha Tejan-Cole until she married her husband, Arne Birger Johansen a Norwegian Consul in Sierra Leone. She has been tagged the iron-lady of Sierra Leone, following her dedicated efforts to reach the peak in the African football federation. She was born of a football lover, Isha’s father is the cofounder of East End Lions F.C. in Freetown and one of the patriarchs of Sierra Leone football association. Isha had been initiated into the club of sports enthusiast while she was still a little girl. Her father usually carried her to the fields and she witnessed many live...
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