Nigeria’s Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin wins top 10 CNN Heroes Award for 2018

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a computer programmer in Lagos, Nigeria, who teaches impoverished women in Makoko slums how to code through a program run by her Pearls Africa Foundation is among the winners of CNN Heroes Award for 2018.

At an impressive ceremony yesterday, the award was presented to the winners one after the other. Abisoye’s humanitarian work stood out because she renders the service to impoverished youths in the Makoko area of Lagos State without charging them a dime. Some of her beneficiaries can now code, built websites and as and gain employment with reputable organizations or set u businesses for themselves.

Each of the to 10 CNN Heroes Award winners will receive a $10,000 cash award, and donations made to each of their nonprofit organizations matched up to $50,000.

Here’s how the rest of the top 10 CNN Heroes are changing lives in their communities:
  • Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a computer programmer in Lagos, Nigeria, teaches impoverished women in the city’s slums how to code through a program run by the Pearls Africa Foundation.
  • Maria Rose Belding launched MEANS, a platform that reduces food waste by connecting restaurants and businesses with extra food to charities that feed the hungry.
  • After she was paralyzed in a ski accident, Amanda Boxtel started Bridging Bionics — a nonprofit that provides high-tech physical therapy to people with mobility impairments near Aspen, Colorado.
  • Dr. Rob Gore, an emergency physician in Brooklyn, New York, founded the Kings Against Violence Initiative, which leads anti-violence programs in his community.
  • Susan Munsey escaped from a life of sex trafficking and in 2009 started GenerateHope, a group that provides housing, therapy and more to survivors of sex trafficking.
  • At age 87, Florence Phillips still leads her nonprofit — ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada — which provides free English, computer and GED classes to immigrants.
  • Ellen Stackable is a former English teacher who founded Poetic Justice, a nonprofit that teaches creative writing to incarcerated women in Oklahoma.
Also honored Sunday were the 2018 CNN Heroes Young Wonders, an impressive group who despite their young age, are already making the world a better place. This year’s class is working to eliminate plastic bags, feed the homeless and much more.
Beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 9, donations made to the designated nonprofit organization of each Top 10 CNN Hero, via and, will be matched by Subaru up to $50,000 per Hero through January 2, 2019.
Now in its 12th year, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” has profiled more than 300 heroes and has received nearly 100,000 nominations from more than 100 countries.

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