Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer, and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, through which she is a frequently sought ideas journalist, keynote speaker, gender specialist, lecturer and consultant. Her work advocates for global feminist awareness while critically exploring the relationship between gender, ethnicity, pop culture and social criticism from an Africa-centred perspective. She has been referred to as ‘one of the key feminist voices of our times’ and is listed alongside Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama as one of ‘12 women changing the world‘ by ELLE Magazine and alongside J. K. Rowling and Emma Watson as one of ‘13 feminists who play the Twitter game to win‘ by Mashable Inc.
Minna is a contributor to Guardian Comment, as well as a monthly columnist for Guardian Nigeria and a Huffington Post blogger. Other bylines include The Observer, The Independent, Al Jazeera and New Internationalist.
Minna speaks in the UK and internationally including at the Oxford Union and Yale University and at events and summits in the UK, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, France, Germany, Switzerland, China, the Gambia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UAE and the USA. She features in the media including the BBC, SKY, Deutsche Welle, TVOntario, and SVT. She lectures and facilitates workshops including at the University of Berlin and the Africa Centre and is a nominator for institutions such as the Prince Claus Foundation and the Princess of Asturias Foundation. In 2016, she joined Friends of the Earth to work as a lead author on the BIG IDEAS project.
Minna holds an MA in Gender Studies (Distinction) from SOAS, and a BA in Political Science from University of Lund. She received an Honorary Fellowship in Writing at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a member of Duke University’s Global Educator Network as well as the Guardian Books Network and sits on the board of UK Charity, For Books’ Sake, and UK think tank, Signifier UK.
She has lived in Nigeria, Sweden, Spain and New York and now lives in London, from where she is passionately committed to promoting feminist empowerment. Her TEDx Talk has received almost 150k views.
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Watch Minna Salami on ARISE TV’s one-to-one talkshow, Talking Africa, speaking about her life, her blog, revolution and women in Africa.