In the year 2023, Haiti witnessed the rise of 10 top extraordinary individuals who achieved greatness in various fields. From the world of sports to music, journalism to entrepreneurship, these talented Haitians conquered new heights and left an indelible mark on their respective industries. As the year 2024 is upcoming, it is solely fitting to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments. Join MagHaiti in exploring the top 10 Haitians who captivated the nation with their talent, work, and unwavering dedication. Get ready to be inspired by their remarkable journeys and follow their path to even greater success in the year ahead.
Melchie Dumornay : a remarkable talent in women’s football, deserves special recognition in those recent extraordinary achievements. Dumornay’s pivotal role in leading the Haitian women’s football selection to participate in the 2023 World Cup cannot be overlooked. By scoring a double against Chile in the final of the intercontinental play-offs, Dumornay secured Haiti’s qualification, a first time in this prestigious competition. In January 2023, Dumornay made a significant career move by signing a three-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais after departing from the Stade de Reims team. In the highly competitive D1 Arkema league, Dumornay’s talent shone brightly as the year 2023 and received the title of Best Player of the Month on multiple occasions, both with Stade de Reims and Olympique Lyonnais.
Tafa Mi-Soleil is undoubtedly one of the solo artists who have made a significant impact on Haitian music in 2023. Last March, Evenie Rose Thafaina Saint Louis burst onto the scene with the release of a new music video titled “Lakou“. Within a week of its release, this hit single, which served as a preview for Tafa’s upcoming album, quickly obtained popularity and became a sensation. “Lakou” dominated the charts and captivated listeners during that period, accumulating nearly five-million views. The song delves into the spiritual dimension of Vodou, which are revered as places of pilgrimage and healing of Haitian.
In May, Tafa Mi-Soleil unveiled a second Extended Play (EP) titled “Phoenix“. This project showcases the artist’s versatility and the commitment to maintaining a successful career.
Martine Phébé : better known as Thòy’Art, is a 30-year-old Haitian who continues to make a lasting impression. As an artist, activist, and actress, Phébé has attained recognition, but it is the dedication to farming that truly distinguished Phébé. Phébé, as the director of the Thoy’Art group, has made agriculture and the environment a primary preoccupation. On various online platforms, Phébé promotes sustainable farming practices and encourages Haitians living abroad to contribute to reforestation efforts in Haiti. With over half a million followers on Facebook, Phébé’s influential voice reaches a wide audience, inspiring positive change and environmental stewardship.
Milourie Sylfrard : When talking about the construction of the canal on the Massacre River, there is one face that always comes up, it is that of Milouri Sylfrard. Aged 29, taking part in promoting equitability in sharing the binational water resources. During several months, Sylfrard has given many efforts to this project. Sylfrard’s dedication to the water channel is highly appreciated on social media.
King Street : Who said violence was in the Drillers’ DNA? In any case, it’s not King Street who will provide arguments, because some time now, this young artist has been showcasing another angle of Drill music, which is often associated with “La musique des meurtres“. Six months ago, King Street went viral on social media with the hit “Ki plan w pou mwen,” which had been viewed by six-million on YouTube. Through this song, the artist, who has gone through challenging situations, tries to understand God’s involvement in what is happening to how he engages with the platform with the music that Street feels inspired to create. This specific song made the artist the sensation of the moment. Street followed up this success with a remarkable music video titled “E kounya” in collaboration with Durkheim. Released three months ago, the video has already amassed an impressive 7.3 million views on YouTube. On Thursday, November 30, 2023, Street released another track titled “Eseye grandi“. When it comes to Drill music, “the man with the shaved head” has become a reference point in Haiti.
Loutchina Décius : Loutchina Décius, the new rising star of gospel music, has been making waves in the industry. At the young age of 10, Décius became the champion of Summer Sun in 2011, showcasing undeniable talent. In 2022, Décius was honored with the Media Levanjil Awards, highlighted as having incredible vocal power. This year, She has continued to impress with hit songs like “Lanmou sensè,” the title track of an album released in August, titled “Sa k fè w renmen m” in collaboration with evangelical singer Frè Gabe, and “Lyon Jida.” Décius” remarkable talent was recognized when received nominations at the 2023 Alleluia Prize in the categories of “Evangelical Album of the Year” and “Gospel Music of the Year” to the song titled “Sa k fè w renmen m“. Loutchina Décius is undoubtedly a rising star to watch in the world of gospel music.
Marco Azèd : known by this pseudonym on the internet, is a content creator who primarily focuses on music but also delves into political topics. Through monologues, reviews, and informative videos, Azèd platform provides the followers with a unique perspective, allowing the followers to uncover hidden meanings and have new insights. Azèd’s music work online community, shines through as many comments by influential figures left on the online community. Azèd’s work is highly regarded for its finesse, often leading to videos being widely shared. On Facebook, Azèd has amassed a community of over 130,000 dedicated followers.
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Emmanuella M. Laguerre : an influencer with a community of nearly 10,000 followers on Facebook, is making a significant impact through social networks. Laguerre utilizes those platforms to share compelling stories, often drawing from personal experiences, that are filled with valuable life lessons. Recently, Laguerre was elected as the Local President of JCI Delmas to the year 2024, showcasing how dedicated and engaging the community can be led. Over the years, Laguerre has actively participated in various activities and takes joy in sharing those inspirations with the community.
Doc Exama : born on June 24 in Saint-Marc, initially pursued studies in law at the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences (FDSE) before changing course to study medicine at Lumière University. Exama’s online presence, particularly on the Jean Rodrigue Junior Exama page, showcases a virtual clinic where it is used to share valuable health information with the followers on the platform. Unlike many health professionals, Doc Exama utilizes the internet as a platform to raise awareness and educate. Exama is also the administrator of the Facebook page “Sante Anba Tonèl“, which hosts 31,000 subscribers. Furthermore, Exama is striving with the NAS project, which has provided free education to nearly 200 children over the past three-years. In addition to those social initiatives, Exama has recently launched a program aimed at equipping 50 young individuals with valuable trade skills. Despite the challenging circumstances in the country, Doc Exama remains an exemplar of resilience and determination.
Steven Aristil : a prominent figure in the field of journalism, has made a significant impact during an eight-year career. Aristil’s exceptional work in covering the 2023 Women’s World Cup earned a well-deserved recognition. Through these insightful reports and captivating storytelling, Aristil brought the excitement and emotions of the tournament to audiences around the world. In addition to Aristil’s work in sports journalism, Aristil has also collaborated with international media outlets such as ABC News, BBC News, Russia Today, France 24. Produces ideo journalism with Reuters and Ruptly news agencies. Steven Aristil, from Port-de-Paix, has truly showcased amazingly talented and made invaluable contributions to the field of journalism.
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