Listed by ELLE Magazine as one of “12 women changing the world“, Minna Salami is a Nigerian-Finnish writer, blogger, speaker, feminist thinker and consultant, as well as the founder of MsAfropolitan, a multiple award-winning feminist blog attracting half a million visits and tens of millions of hits yearly.
Minna writes comment for the UK Guardian, as well as a monthly column for The Guardian Nigeria and a Huffington Post blog. She is a member of Duke University’s Global Educator Network as well as the Guardian Africa Network and Guardian Books Network. Minna sits on the board of UK Charity For Books’ Sake and UK think tank, Signifier UK. In 2016, Minna joined the leading climate change organisation, Friends of the Earth, to work as a consultant on the groundbreaking BIG IDEAS project.
Minna was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in Writing at the Hong Kong Baptist University, and she is a frequent guest speaker at universities around the world including Yale University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Xavier University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of Westminster, University of Warwick, University of Berlin and University of the West Indies. She is a commentator on the BBC, Deutsche Welle, TV Ontario and SVT, Sweden. She has curated events at the Victoria & Albert museum and hosted workshops in the UK and internationally. Minna presents her talks about global change ideas, feminism, Africa, racial politics, media, popular culture and thought leadership around the world – in South Africa, Norway, Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, China, the Gambia, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the USA. Her 2014 TEDx Talk has received over 100, 000 views.
Minna is the Africa Diaspora Awards 2013 winner of the “Outstanding Achievement in Media” , as well as the Women 4 Africa 2013 “Blogger of the Year” and shortlisted “Blogger of the Year” by ‘RED Magazine Hot Women Awards’ 2012. She is listed as one of “Nigeria’s 100 most influential women” by YNaija, one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media” by Eelan Media, one of “40 African Change-makers under 40” by Applause Africa and one of “50 Remarkable Women Connected” by Nokia.
She holds an MA in Gender Studies (Distinction) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and a BA in Political Science (Distinction) from the University of Lund, Sweden. Minna grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, in a multi-racial and inter-faith household where four languages were spoken. She has since lived in Sweden, Spain, New York and London.
In all that she does, Minna brings a fresh, entertaining and critical perspective to even the most complicated issues. Her ability to engage audiences through both thought provoking and thoughtful commentary has made her a key feminist voice of our times.
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