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Woops Woops! My very first blog post but am not scared i know i would be able to make you known dearie.

I thought to myself i have a whole lot of hobbies and whole lots of visions and a whole lots of people to reach out to and help out one way or the other, so i started catalystfeatures. with catalystfeatures, i am going to be reaching out to people with emotional issues, startup businesses, attitude change topics, underground musicians, upcoming youths with innovative ideas etc so look out for a whole lot of topics that is going to help you out one way or the other.

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‘Black-ish’ star Yara Shahidi pays homage to ‘The Queen’ Sade just days before iconic singer’s birthday

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HOMAGE: Yara Shahidi recreates one of Sade's most iconic photos HOMAGE: Yara Shahidi recreates one of Sade’s most iconic photos

‘BLACK-ISH’ STAR Yara Shahidi recreated an iconic picture of singer Sade just days before the Nigerian-born star’s birthday.

“👑The Queen 👑 #Sade,” Yara wrote in her Instagram caption.

The second image was captioned “✨homage ✨”

Sade, who was named the most successful solo British female artist in history by The Sunday Times and made an OBE for her services to music in 2002, will turn 58 on January 16.

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Graduate creates app ‘like Uber’ to fight hunger by delivering food to those in need

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COMITTED: Jasmine Crowe COMITTED: Jasmine Crowe

ONE IN SEVEN people go hungry every day in the United States of America.

And according to Jasmine Crowe, founder of emergency food app Goodr, that number can get as low as one in three for black children.

Goodr is a real-time food rescue app that works like Uber, where schools, event planners, restaurants, chefs or hotels can order a rescue driver to pick up surplus food.

The app then directs that food to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centres and more.

Jasmine, a North Carolina University graduate, says she created the app after years of feeding the homeless and getting little support from restaurants who waste 40 per cent of their food.

“Too often people are making a tough decision between paying for food and paying their rent and other bills. This is unacceptable, no one should have to decide if food is a…

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Meet the Zambian 31-year-old who has made a fortune from turning vegetable oil into fuel

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GIVING BACK: Mutoba Ngoma GIVING BACK: Mutoba Ngoma

AFTER STUDYING aeronautical engineering in the United Kingdom, Mutoba Ngoma, a 31 year-old Zambian entrepreneur returned home to seek his fortune in the renewable energy business.

He started Tapera Bio Industries Limited in 2009, a company that converts used vegetable oil into fuel, with a two-fold mission in mind: increase the country’s fuel supply sustainability and provide vocational training and stable job opportunities.

The company also processes vegetable oils into natural soaps, washing paste and organic shampoo.

At first it was very much a backyard business — with around 200 liters a month cleaned and processed. Today that figure has ballooned to 3,000 liters each month and generates about $15,000.

The astute technologist has also started designing his own oil processing machines, in turn, steadily building his client base.

“We’ve got one major client that takes the bulk of what we produce and then we’ve got…

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Meet the furniture designer taking over the industry with Nigerian-inspired chairs

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DEEP-SEATED PASSION: Designer Yinka Ilori DEEP-SEATED PASSION: Designer Yinka Ilori

MEET YINKA Ilori, the London-based furniture designer taking the industry by storm.

The 28-year-old specialises in upcycling vintage furniture, finding old chairs with weak structures.

“I love that the chairs have flaws, they come with their own character,” Yinka told WGSN/Insider.

The Product Design and Furniture graduate designed 60 chairs for Milan Fashion Week and “I sold all my work in just one year. To be doing so much so soon in my career is a massive shock to me – I’m only 28, and I feel very lucky,” he said at the recent MBO ‘Rise With Us’ business forum.

During his studies at London Metropolitan University, he was encouraged to use the Italian designer Martino Gamper (who garnered international fame through his project 100 Chairs, where he transformed 100 old and broken chairs, reviving them to new chairs in just 100 days) as inspiration.

Then…

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Meet the artist hoping to change perceptions of Africa with illustrations of celebrities in Kente

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CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF AFRICA: Dennis Owusu-Ansah CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF AFRICA: Dennis Owusu-Ansah

MEET THE visual artist turning some of your favourite celebrities into African royalty.

Dennis Owusu-Ansah has created winning depictions of stars like Chris Brown, Rihanna and Drake draped in traditional Massai Jewelry.

In his illustration of Rihanna, the Work star dons an Isicholo (a South African Zulu hat), while Nicki Minaj wears head to toe kente print.

“I’ve been getting positive comments from people all over the world,” Dennis told Okay Africa. “It’s good to hear people you’ve never met tell you that your art
puts a smile on their faces. Comments like that motivate me to work harder every day.”

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The 26-year-old Bronx resident, whose family hail from Ghana, said he was inspired to start his celebrity collection after “witnessing my friend getting teased for wearing a kente cloth on our way to church”.

“I figured something must be done to change the…

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Nigerian artist who provided body art for Beyoncé in ‘Sorry’ responds to Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ with art

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SPEAKING THROUGH ART: Laolu SPEAKING THROUGH ART: Laolu

A NIGERIAN artist who provided body art for Beyoncé’s Sorry video has responded to President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban through art.

Brooklyn-based Laolu uploaded an image of the Statue of Liberty draped in kente cloth with the caption, “Am I threat to your liberty? #Immigrant”.

It comes after the US president provoked a backlash after signing an executive order banning people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from travelling to the US.

“This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” Trump said.

A federal judge in New York later issued an emergency order temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to the President’s travel ban.

BEAUTIFUL: Laolu's piece shows the Statue of Liberty draped in kente cloth BEAUTIFUL: Laolu’s piece shows the Statue of Liberty draped in kente cloth

Laolu brought his practice of sacred Yoruba to the world after adorning Beyoncé’s dancers in intricate white…

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A 24-year-old Nigerian physics student builds a working helicopter from old car and bike parts

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FLYING HIGH: Mubarak FLYING HIGH: Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi

A 24-YEAR-OLD physics student from Nigeria has built a working helicopter out of old car and bike parts.

Mubarak Muhammed Abdullahi spent eight months building the model, using the money he makes from repairing cellphones and computers.

While some of the parts have been sourced from a crashed 747, the chopper contains parts from cars and bikes.

The 12-meter-long aircraft, which has never flown above a height of seven feet, is powered by a secondhand 133 horsepower engine from a Honda Civic.

In the basic cockpit there are two Toyota car seats, with a couple more in the cabin behind.

Controls contain an ignition button, an accelerator lever to control vertical thrust and a joystick that provides balance and bearing.

A camera beneath the chopper connected to a small screen on the dash gives the pilot ground vision, and he communicates via a small transmitter.

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This 13-year-old aspiring astronaut raised $17,000 so thousands of young people could see ‘Hidden Figures’

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INSPIRATION: Taylor Richardson INSPIRATION: Taylor Richardson

MEET 13-YEAR-OLD Taylor Richardson who raised $17,000 to take 1000 girls to watch ‘Hidden Figures’, a film about three African-American women mathematicians at NASA who helped send John Glenn into space in the 1960s.

The aspiring astronaut got the idea after she was invited to an exclusive A-list screening of the Oscar-nominated film, attended by former First Lady Michelle Obama, and left truly inspired.

“The biggest takeaway for me was when Michelle Obama stated that we have to do the work and that we have to take a seat at the STEM table and bring others with us,” Taylor said in an interview with Forbes.

Upon returning to her Jacksonville, Florida home,  the teen, who has been affectionately dubbed ‘Astronaut starBright’, talked to her mum about launching a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for other kids to see the movie.

“The visionary trio crossed all gender and…

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Collins Nji, a 17-year-old from Cameroon, becomes first African person to win Google’s annual Code-In competition

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WINNER: Collins Nji WINNER: Collins Nji

COLLINS NJI, a 17-year-old from Cameroon, has made history by becoming the first African person to win Google’s annual Code-In competition.

He beat 1,340 students from 62 countries to emerge as the grand prize winner.

Established in 2010, Google hosts the Google Code-in, a global online competition, where teenagers, usually between the ages of 13 and 17 complete small open source programming tasks.

Collins’ feat is that much more remarkable you consider that he didn’t have access to the Internet (the Cameroonian government shut down the internet in the English-speaking region, where he lives and schools) during the course of the contest. He had to travel to a nearby francophone town to submit his entry for the contest.

The teen, who is the first African to take part in the contest, is in his final year at the Government Bilingual High School, Bamenda, Cameroon.

Collins will be…

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