(18 December, 2022) – The winners of 2022 Africans Rising Activism Awards were announced on
Friday, 16 December, in a virtual awards ceremony organized by Africans Rising for Unity, Justice,
Peace & Dignity. A total number of 2.562 votes were cast by Africans Rising members to select the young
African activists to be honoured this year. These awards were presented across three categories:
Activist of the Year, Movement of the Year and Artistic Activist of the Year. We congratulate all the
winners and nominees in the three categories for taking part in this awards initiative. They remind us
that Africans across the globe are taking the lead in building the Africa We Want.
During this awards ceremony, we also recognized the Martyrs of the October 25 Coup in Sudan by
presenting an Honorary Award to their families. This award pays homage to the Sudanese movement,
which has sustained its revolution for the last three years despite repression by the Sudanese military
regime; and the immortal souls of the young activists who lost their lives in the struggle.
Winners of the 2022 Africans Rising Activism Awards

  • WINNER: Editar Ochieng – Kenya
  • 1st Runner-Up: Pascal Bisimwa – Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Fatma Messaoud – Algeria
  • WINNER: Botswana Jobs for Graduates – Botswana
  • 1st Runner-Up: XR Goma University – Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Education in Crisis – Uganda/Tanzania
  • WINNER: Afra Saad – Sudan
  • 1st Runner-Up: Etienne Kasereka – Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Wad Al Zain – Sudan
    “It has not been easy to defend human rights, though it has been a journey of learning and fun. I believe
    that we all have the power to transform our communities, our voices might shake when defending human
    rights and that’s the most important thing”, says Editah Achieng, 2022 Africans Rising Activist of the Year.
    About the Africans Rising Activism Awards
    The Africans Rising Activism Awards showcase activism as a worthy cause in African society and
    highlight the great work by African activists and movements that bring positive change in African
    communities. Since 2019, when the first edition of the awards was launched, the initiative has received
    popular support that continues to expand.
    This year, each category winner was awarded $1000 prize money while 1
    stand 2
    nd runner-up received
    $500 and $300 respectively, in addition to award plaques and Africans Rising souvenirs. To learn more
    about our 2022 award winners and their work, please visit our website
    You can watch the full ceremony online on our Facebook page:
    About the Movement
    Africans Rising is a Pan-African movement of movements and people working for Unity, Justice,
    Peace and Dignity. Launched in 2017, the movement provides a space for progressive African civil
    society leaders and groups engaged in various civic struggles to convene, connect, collaborate, share
    knowledge and build solidarity among people and across issues.
    We call on everybody to join the movement by reading our founding charter, The Kilimanjaro
    Declaration 2.0 and registering as a member.
    To support the sustainability of our Pan-African movement, send your donation through our giving
    platforms at


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