Minna Salami is a Nigerian-Finnish writer and the founder of MsAfropolitan, a multiple award-winning blog covering contemporary Africa and Diaspora society and culture from a feminist perspective. Minna is a member of the Duke University Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network. She is also a contributor to the Guardian Africa Network and a Huffington Post contributor. Minna is listed as one of Applause Africa’s “40 African Changemakers under 40″, she is one of “50 Remarkable Women Connected by Nokia” and listed by Eelan Media as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media”.
Minna’s commentary has appeared in leading papers: The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent and The Huffington Post. She is a guest lecturer and presenter at universities: Westminster, Berlin, Warwick and Northampton. She frequently appears on panels at cultural institutions such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Southbank Centre. She is a keynote speaker at high-profile events at Liljevalchs Museum in Stockholm and London’s City Hall. Minna has presented African feminist and media expertise in South Africa, Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Gambia, Austria and she leads workshops and Masterclasses internationally.
Prior to founding MsAfropolitan in 2010, Minna had years of branding, marketing and project management experience in the creative industries, across different countries and continents. In this role, Minna successfully oversaw campaigns for clients such as The Oxford Literary Festival, Heart FM, International Masters Publishers and Simon & Schuster. Minna has lived and worked in Nigeria, Sweden, Spain, New York and London, where she now resides.
For two years, as a complement to the blog, Minna ran The MsAfropolitan Boutique, an online shop selling a wide range of products made by women of African heritage. The shop was launched as a tribute to the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020.
Minna received a Master of Arts with Distinction in Gender Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is also a graduate of Lund University’s Political Science Bachelor’s Program.
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Some AWARDS and RECOGNITION Minna’s work has received
* Africa Diaspora Awards 2013 *WINNER* “Outstanding Achievement in Media category”
*Women 4 Africa 2013 *WINNER* “Blogger of the Year” * RED Magazine ‘Red’s Hot Women Awards’ 2012 shortlisted “Blogger of the Year”
* PRECIOUS Awards 2012 nominee “Blog of the Year 2012″ *Women 4 Africa 2012 nominee “Blogger/author of the Year”
* BlogHer 2012 OpEd “Voice of the Year 2012″ honoree
* BEFFTA 2011 nominee “Blog of the Year”
* Eelan Media “Top 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media”
* One of 50 Remarkable Women connected by Nokia
* Applause Africa 2012 “40 under 40 African changemakers”
* Concept Link 2011 20 must-follow African women
What others have to say
A HUGE thank you for all your hard work on Friday, and for bringing so much to the Afropolitans programme at the V & A Museum. I was particularly pleased that the panel discussion was so very well attended and I know the fashion shows you curated were a big hit!
- Orla Houston, Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
In these critical times we need clarity more than ever, it is such a rarity amidst the cacophony of voices in the morass of social media. Ms Afropolitan, is that voice of clarity, for a cheetah generation of thinking black women, hungry for change and thirsty to engage in positive cultural critique concerning our positioning as African women in the world…this is a great place to hang
Dr Claudette Carr, Founder, Jerthro Institute for Good Governance (JIGG)
Minna is an inspiration and a role model to girls and women alike, Through her work and personality, Minna not only makes it okay for women and girls to accept who they and be comfortable in their own skin but created the opportunity for society to know the beauty called woman. If you want a friend and an expert in one, look no further, Minna is the one!
There is nothing as sexy as a woman who knows her mind, knows what she wants and is unafraid to use her voice. If you resonate or appreciate this kind of woman, then the Ms. Afropolitan blog is for you. Serving fresh spoons of intellectual musings on current political affairs and issues affecting Black/African women in the diaspora and wherever they may be found, there is much to talk about, disagree with and agree on.
- Ladybrille Magazine
Just a quick note to say thank you for your excellent presentation and for your contribution to the day as a whole – it was really very much appreciated.
Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Warwick
Well done to you and your team for a rare treat of fashion show.
Nike Jonah, Arts Council
Thank you for the fabulous articles. We have received a lot of praise!
Emma Wodhouse, Editor, WINGS Magazine
Love your Blog. It’s insightful, informative and very well written. Kudos.
Siji, Artist, sijimusic.com
Minna is a positive forward thinker. Her website speaks for itself and represents her well. Current, factual, informative, positive. Minna was a guest speaker at and event I organised in November 2010. Her presentation was very motivational and inspiring. Minna connected with the audience and was able to deliver something everybody could learn from. I look forward to working with Minna again.
Tamu Thomas, Organiser, First Ladies Fayre
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Minna Salami, she partly grew up in Malmö, now lives in London and has become world-reknown for her blog, http://www.msafropolitan.com/ . It’s my favorite blog and I can very warmly recommend it.
Michael McEachrane, Editor, Afro-Nordic Landscapes