When we came up with this issue’s theme we didn’t know how apropos it would be for the times we are in. Nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok in the northeastern part of Nigeria over 60 days ago. In the beginning, the Nigerian government didn’t take any action and Nigerians had to take to marches and protests to demand some form of a reaction from their leaders. Extremist group Boko Haram has accepted responsibility for the abduction and for some other bombings happening in the country. Terrorist attacks are on the rise in Kenya, the South African rand and Ghanaian cedi keep falling in value, coupled with the worst energy crisis that Ghana has seen in a long time.

But in the midst of all this, citizens have become very vocal about demanding good leadership from the people who are in power and in charge of their nations. Young people are creating projects, leading campaigns, and simply being the change that they want to see. The Power Issue presents a collection of 15 young Africans in positions of power in their chosen fields. These individuals were nominated and voted for by our readers because of their excellence and exemplary leadership. Learn more about them here.

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All of these profiles, stories, features, and shared experiences show that there is hope for the continent. It gives us hope that there is an upcoming generation of leaders who will take up the mantle for the continent’s growth and see to it that things change. To this we say, a luta continua!

PS: Be sure to come back on the publication dates in parentheses to read the rest of the issue.

Cover Photo Photographer: Mohini Ufeli

Cover Photo Model: Maame Yaa Buckman