Jelena is a professor of Spanish language & journalist from Belgrade Serbia. She truly believes that life is too short for bad people, bad thoughts and bad coffee. She keeps trying to make the world a better place by writing about true values, inspiring people and their activities. Jelena is an eternal optimist and an energy wizard.
. . . says Victoria Ibiwoye (23), an inspiring young Nigerian, African leader, and the Executive Director of the OneAfricanChildren Foundation. Miss Ibiwoye has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2017 by Africa Youth Awards for transforming the lives of thousands of children in marginalized communities through creative learning and empowerment initiatives. At an early age, she struggled with dyslexia, but she used her weakness to turn it into a powerful force – she realised that she was good in storytelling and started educating two kids in her neighbourhood. This small step inspired some of her friends and local students to help as well, and soon what began as a charity group turned into a social enterprise that is re-defining education in Nigeria and Kenya today. Victoria is the best example of how much one can achieve given an ability to put heart, mind, and vision to work for the sake of a higher purpose.
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, from Durban, South Africa, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2017 by Africa Youth Awards. Mofokeng is a Medical Doctor who specializes in sexual and reproductive health and also works as a sex educator, an activist, a writer, and a presenter. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a doctor, helping kids in the neighbourhood with her tiny medical kit. Today, she is widely recognized and loved, people call her Dr. T, and she educates young people to intill proper sexual and reproductive knowledge regardless of their age, economic status, or sexual identity. Every week, around 2000 young African women are infected with HIV; young women and girls suffer from lack of adequate knowledge about contraception; and some die due to dangerous abortions. Many South Africans can not afford private health care – and that is where Dr. T is available to help out. This inspiring young woman says she adores her job, despite many hard days and heartbreaking moments, because she feels she is making a difference. She sees happiness in her mission, enjoying her loved ones and the fulfilling work that she does, escpecially appreciating the days when she can stay tucked into bed, with no alarm clock to wake her up in the morning.
Don’t let the looks deceive you, because young Akshay (19) from North East London is all but ordinary teenager. This incredible young man had the guts to stand for the business idea he believed in – he sold a first home during the high school lunch break for 99 pounds! About a year ago, Akshay Ruparelia set up an online real estate agency where he sells homes taking commission 10 to 50 times lower than any other agent or company. Investors, staff and customers could not believe that a 17-year old will succeed in his intention to trick the real estate market.
Her name is Tara Djokic, and once upon a time, she was a rebel bored with school. It took her five years and many silly jobs on her CV to realise she wanted to be an astrobiologist. A hiking trip to New Zealand and the stunning scenery she saw there awakened in her a curiosity to know more about the planet beneath her feet. That is how it all started. This spring, Tara (30), now a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales, and a team of her colleagues discovered the oldest ever known traces of life in hot springs in the Pilbara region, Australia. These remains of microbial life in land-based hot springs date back almost 3.5 billion years, which is about 3 billion years earlier than previously known hot springs were recorded in the rock record. This discovery could break the belief that life was created in the ocean and can mean it all began in hot water on land. Tara finds her purpose in studying life, the Earth, and the weirdness of the world around us. This is her story.
It’s easy for any of us to overlook our good fortune. I started realising this as our adventure was coming to the end. Seeing many unique forms of pure happiness among our local friends reminded me to appreciate my own blessings. The people of Bali express it through being. Not having. Through giving. Not taking. All of these new perspectives about life, visible in the contrasts between our two different worlds, is what we brought home with us. We left Bali dancing salsa. There was no better way to celebrate all that this journey had taught us.
Traveling to a faraway island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you never know what to expect. You feel restless and eager to see what is waiting for you once you step off the airplane. Then suddenly, you wake up one morning with a yellow frog stuck to your bedroom window glass, or you spot a curious centipede in the shower, or huge white parrots start singing to you from the top of a palm tree. A whole new world. Still, what was most precious about Bali was its people. They showed us many different ways to be more generous and to live in the present. So we kept listening. And each day of our journey, we became more and more „present“.
The People of Bali believe everything in the world has a soul. A tree, a flower, a teacup, or a book, and especially hand made creations. Their whole philosophy revolves around this belief. What guides them is a motto: Do not ask for - give. The humility, grace, and generosity of the Balinese followed us wherever we went, teaching us crucial life lessons on our 15 day journey. We kept them in the back of our minds, but somehow, we forgot how important they were. Life doesn’t have to be complicated if you live in accordance with yourself - most of all, in accordance with your soul.
Made, Adi, Komang, Ade, and other friends from this remote paradise island were unforgettable teachers.
And we thank them for that.
The most prominent abaya designer in the UAE, and also an entrepreneur, HE Sara Al Madani (31) spoke with us about life, careers, motivation, and businesswomen in the Emirates. She had just come back from America, where she launched a new company, in addition to three other businesses she runs in the UAE. The impression is that she doesn’t want to be remembered as the designer who made an abaya for Madonna, but for many other far more important achievements: she entered the world of fashion at the age of 15 and today is the youngest board memeber at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, has honoured her with the title Her Excellency. Al Madani works almost 24/7 and did this interview in the middle of the night. When asked how she manages to find the right balance in life, she said: Balance is a beautiful myth that doesn't exist, you create your own balance, and you adapt to it.
Young Lazar Jovanovic (25), a student at the University of Technical Sciences, had a hazelnut farm... This story could begin just like this, but makes no sense at all without adding the fact that Lazar’s farm was not in the same city where he lived. So he decided to invent a system that could water his precious hazelnuts remotely. It took him more than two years to research, develop, and test something that was just an idea, and it would not have been possible without a friend who was a programmer. Today, he is the owner of the Smart Watering Company, which helps farmers to irrigate their farms using only a text message! Read how he did it in an interview for Youth Time magazine.
Hipsters, Iraq and fashion in the same line? Yes, it sounds like impossible puzzle, but it’s more than real. Within just few months of establishment, they went viral all around the web and were asked for interviews from local media to the BBC World News. Three young and educated Iraqui Kurds have decided to join their love for fashion and higher purposes, so they founded the first Gentlemen’s Fashion Club with the aim to show the world Iraq the world knows nothing about. Today, 30 gentlemen are fighting for women’s rights, for stronger economy and local production and better life, in general, using style as a way to express. Founders of Mr.Erbil, Mr.Goran Pshtiwan (26), Mr.Omer Nihad (28) and Mr.Ahmed Nawzad (27) in exclusive interview for the Youth Time magazine.