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This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” allows us an opportunity to pay tribute to the individuals across the world who are working for a more just and equal society. One such person is Ms. Winifridah Nekesa.

Born 28 years ago in Kenya, Ms. Winifridah graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She studied Geography and is now employed as a teacher for Excel Academy – Morobo Campus in South Sudan. Having focused her learning on how space and place influence factors such as climate, health, economics, animals and plants, she is now passing on her knowledge to the Excel students. When asked what she wants Americans to know about Africa, she responded, “Africans are also civilized. Many people think we live in the past, or that we are not up to date. But we Africans can perform to high expectations and can bring change in our society.” She would like to travel more in the future to see people and the culture of other countries.

It is her drive, determination, and curiosity about the world that contributes to Ms. Winifridah’s success as a teacher. Africa ELI salutes her. We know that she is indeed connecting girls, inspiring futures.

Ms. Winifridah connecting Excel Academy students with our Africa ELI volunteer, Mrs. Janis Hurd from Virginia Beach, VA.