Female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa are making quantum waves.

Their achievements were crowned at the annual United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and L’oreal Women in Science Awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya.

The awards recognized over 20 Nobel laureates and exceptional women who are advancing faster than the speed of light.

In a once male-dominated environment, the young scientists have broken traditional stereotypes and believe empowered women will craft a new landscape in sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme ended with an award ceremony, 14 young female researchers were awarded a research grant.

The ceremony was attended by a distinguished audience from across the African continent, UNESCO, scientists, academics, intellectuals, thought leaders and organisations promoting gender equality.

The 14 fellows, 12 doctoral and two post-doctoral, are drawn from five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. They are Ghana, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

They are selected for the scientific excellence of their work by a jury of independent experts. Each year, the program honours five international laureates.

It also honours about 300 young women researchers who benefit from a research and training grant.