This issue was inspired by new ideas and innovative people! The Renaissance Issue is filled with interviews and articles about young people who are inspiring evolution, growth, and positive transformation in Africa.

Meet Gossy Ukanwoke, the 25-year-old founder of Beni American University, which opens its doors in June 2015. Enjoy an interview with Nana Mensah, actress in the web series An African City, which follows five beautiful African women, raised in the west, who return home to search for love in a continent quite different from the Africa of their childhood. Feed your senses with DJ Chief Boima and Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam as we discuss the African music scene and gourmet African cuisine, respectively. You can also enjoy another brilliant entry in our Afropolitan Diary series and be inspired two thriving start-ups ZAAF and Heel The World. The pieces in this issue will expose you to talent and creativity from all over the continent. Read, like, comment, and share!

Our cover was inspired by the concept of rebirth. We did a water shoot with photographer Mohini Ufeli and model Rekia Edu.

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In Loving Memory

I am dedicating this issue to Dapo Atitebi. Dapo was a dear friend who passed away last month of cancer. He was a true renaissance man, an exceptional conversationalist, and my intellectual soul mate. I miss his spirit and laughter. I am very grateful to him for supporting Ayiba in its earliest days.

Rest in peace.

Eyitemi Popo