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MsAfropolitan (miss Afropolitan) is the award-winning blog of Minna Salami, blogger, writer and commentator on African feminism, society and popular culture. To get an idea of what motivates me to blog please read Why African women should blog Hope you enjoy your visit! For inquiries, please get in touch or subscribe to posts

10 May 2011 ~ 7 Comments

7 Afropolitan artists to watch

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1. Kay Elizabeth Kay Elizabeth is a vocalist living in London, born in California, of Jamaican and English heritage. Her unique sound and performance style has formed through her personal voyages through history, experience and education. Becoming disenchanted in her youth with American education and popular culture, Kay found her musical interests moving away from […]

04 May 2011 ~ 3 Comments

An Afropolitan between worlds

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Bright red double-decker buses. I don’t know why these particular vehicles have come to represent any sense of alienation that I feel in England. Nevertheless, the reflection of one against my window feels unwelcoming. I miss Lagos. It started last week, I began to prefix all my actions with the word ‘last’. I ate my […]

22 April 2011 ~ 9 Comments

Fela in Lagos, reflections and ruminations

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I don’t know what to make of the Finnish elections last weekend, where the nationalist True Finns party won 39 seats of a 200-seat parliament. The Nigerian elections, which have led to violent clashes in Northern Nigeria where hundreds of people have now died, sadden me even more so. To make sense of things, I […]

18 April 2011 ~ 11 Comments

Bad luck with sweets, Goodluck with presidents

Bad luck with sweets, Goodluck with presidents

There comes a point during my stays in Lagos when I feel like I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. I dare say that most people who live in the developed world and travel to the developing world will experience a similar frustration if they stay long enough. Usually it is something trivial that triggers […]

09 April 2011 ~ 11 Comments

No longer at ease

No longer at ease

I am writing this on my porch in Nigeria. I am surrounded by beauty. It is midday and the sun is shining. Pink bougainvillea is keeping me cool and wherever I look I see different types of leaves that must have inspired every single pattern that exists in this world. I am drinking a ginger […]

04 April 2011 ~ 14 Comments

Is masculinity in crisis?

Is masculinity in crisis?

Recently, two elderly men came into the same crowded train carriage as me. One had a walking stick so the other assisted him on to the train and on to the seat which I stood up to offer. I’d guess the men were in their early 80s but I’m not good at predicting the ages […]

29 March 2011 ~ 11 Comments

African women writers and stories that raise awareness

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Writing down some of my new year’s resolutions earlier this year inspired me so much I’ve been maintaining the practice by making ‘new month’s resolutions’. In March my goal was to sleep more and as a result feel more energetic and reconnected with mother and father earth but I failed miserably. Instead March was a […]

20 March 2011 ~ 4 Comments

The melodious song of longing, Baaba Maal – In Praise of the female voice

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Apart from lyrical gratification, what do you get when you fill the Royal Festival Hall in London Southbank with artists like Senegalese superstar and advocate of women’s rights Baaba Maal, Speech Debelle, VV Brown, Eska, Krystle Warren and Annie Flore? You get a powerful evening of inspirational female voices from across three continents aptly title […]

14 March 2011 ~ 1 Comment

MsAfropolitan Boutique Interview Series – Aya Morrison, founder of Aya Morrison

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As I was saying yesterday, the great thing about having an online boutique is that I am able to share inspiring stories about African Diaspora women entrepreneurs and discover new beautiful products. Aya Morrison is one of those women with a great story and product range. I caught up with her to find out the inspiration […]

13 March 2011 ~ 4 Comments

What’s great about having an online boutique

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As a tribute to the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020, I launched the MsAfropolitan boutique last summer to celebrate the creative labour of independent African Diaspora women entrepreneurs. The boutique is currently showcasing must-have fashion, jewellery, art and interior design all made by African women. Each of the designers featured was chosen because they offer a […]

08 March 2011 ~ 15 Comments

7 questions to a black male feminist

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Today marks the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). It’s striking that the centenary should fall on the same year in which women world-over find themselves at the forefront of significant political and social events. For example, 2011 has seen the launch of UN Women headed by former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet. Also, Brazil’s […]

06 March 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Listen. Risk. Help. One woman’s thoughts on how to do career.

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I eavesdrop a lot, my ears are like antennas picking up conversations that I’m not supposed to hear. It might be indecent but hey, it’s fodder for my craft. So the other day whilst enjoying a coffee at Starbucks, I pretended to read an article on my ipad, but in reality I was occupied by […]

01 March 2011 ~ 8 Comments

7 African women’s organisations – International Women’s month

7 African women’s organisations – International Women’s month

Today marks the start of International Women’s Month, and this year is also the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. The reasoning behind all of these events is to celebrate and acknowledge women’s history and achievements that are overlooked and devalued in history books. Take for example, we all know […]

26 February 2011 ~ 4 Comments

African Bloggers Statement on David Kato and Uganda

African Bloggers Statement on David Kato and Uganda

“We the undersigned wish to express our deep sadness at the murder of Ugandan human rights defender David Kato on 26th January 2011.  David’s activism  began in the 1980s as an Anti-Apartheid campaigner where he first expressed a strong passion and conviction for freedom and justice which continued throughout his life.   David was a […]

24 February 2011 ~ 9 Comments

Ntozake Shange & Michaela Angela Davis on Feminism & More

Ntozake Shange & Michaela Angela Davis on Feminism & More

I get many emails especially from young women asking about feminism, and who inspired my feminism. In another post I quoted the poet Jessica Horn about her mothers influence on her feminism. And personally, her words resonate. I was raised by a woman that I have come to recognise as a revolutionary mother, who used the […]

17 February 2011 ~ 30 Comments

Is Halle Berry’s daughter black?

Is Halle Berry’s daughter black?

The world of science has on several occasions declared that race is biologically meaningless, but yet accepting this idea as general knowledge seems curiously hard to accomplish. The sooner we can understand the fallacious construct of race, the sooner we might begin to speak about multi-racialism with the kind of sensible thinking that it requires. However, the […]

09 February 2011 ~ 35 Comments

Fashion really is not for African women and VOGUE’s Black Allure proves it

Fashion really is not for African women and VOGUE’s Black Allure proves it

I hate to be a spoilsport, but I don’t see anything fabulous about Vogue’s Black Allure shoot. In the unlikely case that you have missed it, as marketing gimmicks like this are hard to miss, here’s the link to the photos and the video. Unlike most of the criticism the editorial has received, my issue […]

04 February 2011 ~ 34 Comments

Dinner with 7 African feminists and why

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in·spi·ra·tion Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. Thursday 03/02/11: Experienced lack of stimulation of the mind resulting in a low level of feeling towards activity = leth·ar·gy I’ve been feeling sluggish this week, and particularly yesterday. I tackled work assignments in the morning, went to an interesting […]

03 February 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Breaking the rules

Breaking the rules

Rules are meant to be broken, so I’m going to go ahead and break rule no 4. in my previous post and simply post a link today. The link will take you to an interview I did over @ Afrilove, and I’m sharing that one in particular because it’s actually about the topics I’ve had […]

29 January 2011 ~ 9 Comments

The 7 rules of digital etiquette

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Facebook – Okay, we get the picture. Life’s sucks, understandably so if your boss is a dick and your partner’s dumped you and your dog simultaneously pooed on your Manolo’s. Or perhaps you are full of internal sunshine and you see the positive in everything now that you are born again and feel elevated, all […]

25 January 2011 ~ 7 Comments

Mixed race femme fatale, or blonde bombshell?

Mixed race femme fatale, or blonde bombshell?

Returning to the race topic, not because I love talking about it but because it makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones is good. I also do think we have become too p.c. in how we tackle racial tensions. I agree we should be speaking of them delicately, but […]

21 January 2011 ~ 47 Comments

What being mixed race has taught me

What being mixed race has taught me

It’s a shame that we black people are the ones that analyse and debate race and racism the most. If society was as post-racial as some try to claim, then I believe that it is white people that should be analysing and debating the effects racism has had on the world, whilst black people should […]

17 January 2011 ~ 11 Comments

This is not a fashion blog

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Sometimes people introduce me to others as a fashion blogger. And although I once wrote that fashion is not for African women I like the creative art of fashion. The way we can express our individuality by what we wear. I love the burst of African fashion on the international scene thanks partly to magazines […]

12 January 2011 ~ 22 Comments

How I stopped being single

How I stopped being single

I am in love and I want to document the emotions as they develop so that I forever can read the memories. I want to take note of my affinity for your presence. I want to run on the streets naked (like Erykah Badu). Full of wild emotion. I roll my tongue softly when I […]

08 January 2011 ~ 2 Comments

MsAfropolitan Boutique Interview Series – Dielle N’Diaye, founder of Lady Soül Rebel

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The mission of the MsAfropolitan Boutique is to showcase and offer a handpicked range of products made by African Diaspora women on a rotating basis. Visit us here. As part of my journey to achieving this goal, I’ve met many inspiring women whose stories I want to share with you in an interview series features which […]

01 January 2011 ~ 17 Comments

7 ways to love yourself more in 2011

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The year is 2011. I’m at home in Lagos, Nigeria. I feel excited about the year to come. I always feel excited about a new year, there is always a chance for more of everything, that’s what I like about it. I’m thinking about 2010, the people I met, what I learnt, what I (still) […]

28 December 2010 ~ 18 Comments

7 black UK blogs to bookmark

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Sometimes blogging makes me want to pull out my hair. I subscribe to some social media blogs and by no means do I follow their blogging advice religiously but sometimes a recommendation catches your eye, like the other day when I read that every self-respecting blog should have a featured posts box. It made sense, […]

24 December 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Season’s Greetings! & the winner is…

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Happy Holidays people! See, I’m supposed to be writing this from Lagos, Nigeria but then we had this snow incident in London last Saturday that meant my flight got cancelled. And honestly speaking it would have been irresponsible for me to fly regardless because I’m down with a relentless flu. So I’m in London, recovering, […]

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22 December 2010 ~ 7 Comments

7 African male icons that shaped history

7 African male icons that shaped history

One of the challenges, and also opportunities with writing an opinion blog like mine is having to take a stand on the range of topics you write about. Whether it’s feminism, women’s libidoes, pornography or natural hair, when you take a firm stand on something you can appear to be unable to relate with the opposing side. […]

16 December 2010 ~ 25 Comments

7 African female icons that shaped history

7 African female icons that shaped history

In his book ‘Society must be defended’, written in 1976, Michel Foucault speaks about historical revisionism, hinting to a an earlier statement made by Winston Churchill who said that “History is written by the victors”. These discussions are still relevant today. A significant amount of historical narrative is still being written by those with the […]

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