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CNN African Voices Changemakers to feature two sea lovers


This week’s edition of CNN’s African Voices Changemakers will feature two sea lovers otherwise known as surfers.

The duo are 24-year-old Senegalese, Khadija “Khadjou” Sambe, who is a member of the Blacks Girls Surf group and Jose Peffer, a South African mentor of the Waves for Change Initiative who both have long years of romance with the seas.

Sambe’s foray into surfing at the age of 14 was informed by her sojourn in Ngor, a fishermen’s village in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.


Her initial fans were her uncles and cousins, who encouraged her and helped her develop enough grit to befriend the sea on her surfing board. Upon relocation to Northern California, she continued to work closely with her community in Senegal through an initiative, Black Girls Surf, with which she inspires a new generation of Senegalese girls to surf. Sambe’s biggest dream is to represent her country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a dream which has been temporarily put on hold by COVID-19.

Peffer mentors budding surfers in South Africa through the Waves for Change Initiative which combines passion for surfing with evidence-based mind and body therapy in order to provide child-friendly mental health services to over 1,600 children in under-resourced areas of his country.


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