Forbes magazine, the industry leader famed for its highly coveted ranking lists, has rolled out its inaugural philanthropy issue. To our pleasant surprise, it is chuck full with African movers and shakers such as South African billionaire mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Precious, as well as Africa’s first female president, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson. Forbes very first philanthropy issue included only one person of colour, Madame Oprah Winfrey, in a sea full of white male faces prompting tremendous criticism. It begs the question, are people of color not equally as generous in their giving? Ah hah, but they are! And this time around the publishing luminary tapped into an unfettered resource putting a different face on who is considered the real problem-solvers of extreme poverty challenging the well accepted narrative.
Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Precious, have joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffet by pledging to give half of their income to philanthropic causes to “improve the lifestyles and living conditions of poor, disabled, unemployed, women, youth, workers and marginalised South Africans.” Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson has mobilized a task force seeking philanthropic investments in her efforts to rebuild Liberia.
Also on the list of African philanthropists is Congolese former-NBA player Dikembe Mutombo and his work with the DMF foundation, an organization that places “emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education.” Tsitsi Masiyiwa, wife to Zimbabwe’s richest man is also featured for her work with Higher Life Foundation, an organization which has thus far fed 40,000 Zimbabwean orphaned and vulnerable children. The organization also provides for school fees, uniforms, and stationery for some students from primary to college.
For more information on Forbes coverage of these African philanthropists who are at the forefront of challenging poverty, pick up the December 2, 2013 issue at newsstands.
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