This week’s edition of the Cable News Network (CNN) African Voices ChangeMakers, sponsored by Globacom, will be celebrating two Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) leaders in Africa who have distinguished themselves in their respective nations.
The guests on the 30-minute magazine program are Ghanaian space engineer, Ernest Teye Matey, who is credited with designing his nation’s first satellite and Botswana’s female pilot, Kgomotso Phatsima, and Ernest Teye Matey co- founded the All Nations University – Space Systems Technology Laboratory (ANU-SSTL) through which he, organizes Space and STEM education programs for more than 7,000 students from over 50 different high schools in more than 30 different districts in Ghana.
Kgomotso Phatsima, on her part was one of the exceptional emerging young leaders in Africa in the Obama Foundation Africa Leadership Program of 2018. She is among the first female military pilots in Botswana Defence Force and is a winner of the Botswana Youth Awards Best Female of the Year 2017. She actively mentors students across schools and universities in Botswana and equally devotes her time and resources to professional coaching, and team building exercises for corporate organizations.
In 2019, he won 15 km road race, becoming the cross country world champion, in addition to winning 10 km road race in Valencia, Spain, setting a new record the same year. In 2020, he also set a world record as the tenth man in history to hold the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters world records concurrently.
The half-hour programme airs on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. with repeats on Sunday at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.; on Monday at 4 a.m. and in two 15-minute parts on Tuesday at 6.45 p.m. and on Wednesday at 6.45 p.m.