21 November 2013 ~ 6 Comments

Africa Lecture Series at OSI Club, University of Berlin

presspic

The Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at the University of Berlin hosts a public lecture series every year to ensure that students of the university as well as citizens of Berlin have a broad and diverse access to discourses on African politics. I will be a guest lecturer at the Africa Lecture Series of the OSI club at […]

Continue Reading

26 August 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Alliance 54 to host Africa Global Women in Business Forum

Alliance 54 to host Africa Global Women in Business Forum

As a member of the advisory board of the Africa Global Women in Business Forum (AGWIBF), it’s my pleasure to inform you of the upcoming Africa Global Women in Business Forum hosted by Alliance 54 taking place in London on 30-31 October. The aim of the meeting is to promote financial inclusion for African women and a […]

Continue Reading

17 August 2013 ~ 43 Comments

What makes a clitoris dangerous?

CLitoris

Estimates suggest that out of the 140 million people in the world whose clitorises have been removed via Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 100 million are African. Three million African girls and women are at risk of undergoing the procedure annually. The countries with the highest rates are Sudan and Somalia, which unsurprisingly are two out of nine […]

Continue Reading

08 August 2013 ~ 6 Comments

Global war and its impact on African women

Army, Weapon, Bullets

In a 2006 interview, George Bush referred to the war on terror as World War III. Perhaps he was right. We are witnessing a modern day world (or “global”) war, very simply put between those who claim to be fighting to uphold freedom from extremist religious fundamentalism, and the other side waging war against “unbelievers”. […]

Continue Reading

21 July 2013 ~ 10 Comments

Thoughts on “Women Rising: Political Leadership in Africa”

Thoughts on “Women Rising: Political Leadership in Africa”

I just watched Women Rising: Political Leadership in Africa, a documentary by FEMNET and UNDP and thought I’d share it with you all here (embedded below). To me, the need for more women in political leadership is possibly the most urgent task for the African feminist agenda. If women are not determining the future of […]

Continue Reading

11 July 2013 ~ 5 Comments

Esther Madudu for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Esther at health centre (credit- Diane McCarthy)

I’m helping a leading African health development organisation, AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation), spread the word about their Stand Up For African Mothers campaign to nominate a Ugandan midwife, Esther Madudu, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.  If you watch this video you will see why this remarkable woman deserves the prize and all the support in […]

Continue Reading

19 June 2013 ~ 7 Comments

Second class citizen: African women and nationalism

Second class citizen: African women and nationalism

When I think of nationalism, I think of Virginia Woolf’s words – “As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” I too find that there is a tension between the terms ‘nation’ and ‘woman’. Nevertheless, having contributed to the New York Forum […]

Continue Reading

29 March 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Mobilising African Women in the Diaspora – FORWARD Conference

FORWARD_FLYER

On Saturday, 6th April, I’ll be joining a host of inspiring speakers (see below) to address the matter of ‘Mobilising African Women in the Diaspora: Creating a movement for African women’s leadership, rights and development’.  The conference is hosted by FORWARD UK and will take place between 10.30am-6.30pm at Greencoat Place. If you would like to attend, complete the registration form which […]

Continue Reading

03 September 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Women, leadership and inspiration: Pan-African Powa Panel

AfriFEM panel

This is a transcript of a speech I delivered at the Southbank Centre in July. I call it a POWA panel because I was in the company of some of the continent’s most powerful voices and inspirations – Angelique Kidjo, Lebo Mashile, Theo Sowa and our moderator Jessica Horn. Below is also a clip of […]

Continue Reading

01 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

MsAfropolitan Boutique interview series – Edith Victoria of All Thingz Nice

ATN Just Africa T-shirt (S)

The MsAfropolitan Boutique aims to provide a platform where design by women of African heritage can be purchased, celebrated and reach a wide audience.  We believe that all creativity is a form of storytelling and when it reaches community the outcome is transformation and empowerment. Customers are invited to a shopping experience that centers around community and empowerment, including distinct […]

Continue Reading

05 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

MsAfropolitan Boutique interview series – Margaret Kadi of Project Sierra Leone

Screen shot 2012-02-05 at 22.15.50

It’s been a few months since the last MsAfropolitan Boutique Interview (with Jessica Huie of Colorblind Cards) and I’m delighted to resume the series. In case it’s your first time here, the MsAfropolitan Boutique is an online shop launched as a tribute to the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020 and selling design made by […]

Continue Reading

26 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Shop design made by women of African heritage

Final_V1_1

Launched as a tribute to the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020, The MsAfropolitan Boutique celebrates the entrepreneurship of Africa and diaspora women as a one-stop shop for fashion, accessories, art and gift collections made by women of African heritage. In 2011, it was featured in the Huffington Post, catchavibe, SOAS World Magazine, Women of the […]

Continue Reading

28 November 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Running a workshop on race & identity at Mobilising young African women in the UK

Running a workshop on race & identity at Mobilising young African women in the UK

I’m taking part in an event titled Mobilising Young African Women in the UK. It will be an afternoon of interactive workshops and panel discussions on December 3rd at the Africa Centre Why should you attend this event? Are you fed up with the negative images of Africa especially of women and want to promote […]

Continue Reading

14 October 2011 ~ 4 Comments

1-year anniversary of the African Women’s Decade

1-year anniversary of the African Women’s Decade

Today marks the one year anniversary of the AWD. The idea of a Women’s Decade was hatched in 1975 at the First World conference on women, but it took years of efforts to dig the path that in 2008 manifested as the proposal for an African Women’s Decade (AWD) by ministers of gender and women affairs in […]

Continue Reading

18 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

MsAfropolitan Boutique interview series – Jessica Huie of Colorblind Cards

jess hosting precious awards

Jessica Huie is truly a woman to be inspired by. She is a serial entrepreneur, founder of not only Colorblind Cards, but also a columnist, an ambassador for government initiatives and the brains behind JH PR. What I love about her the most is how down to earth she is. She radiates a confidence that […]

Continue Reading

03 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

MsAfropolitan Boutique Interview Series – Douriean Fletcher, founder of eKlektik eKhos

zapmama

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 […]

Continue Reading

14 March 2011 ~ 1 Comment

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

aya

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 […]

Continue Reading

13 March 2011 ~ 4 Comments

What’s great about having an online boutique

Screen shot 2011-03-13 at 15.59.04

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 […]

Continue Reading

04 February 2011 ~ 34 Comments

Dinner with 7 African feminists and why

31985_10150202323640099_602680098_12347120_5393955_n

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 […]

Continue Reading

17 January 2011 ~ 11 Comments

This is not a fashion blog

CIMG2225

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 […]

Continue Reading

08 January 2011 ~ 2 Comments

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

Viewty

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

29 November 2010 ~ 21 Comments

African men, are you listening?

African men, are you listening?

Violence against women is the single biggest threat to peace. And November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) marked the beginning of 16 days of activism for ending gender-based violence so I am writing this post to highlight and to express frustration with the (at best) lack of interest from African men […]

Continue Reading

12 November 2010 ~ 3 Comments

MsAfropolitan Boutique interview series – Rayo Balogun, founder of Lela

Rayo

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 […]

Continue Reading

24 September 2010 ~ 11 Comments

Friends with benefits

Friends with benefits

To me, having friends with benefits, is a bit like being on benefits and having no friends. Perhaps this comparison also works when we think of the relationship Africa has with the West. This week 192 leaders of nations gathered in UN Headquarters to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Brief history for those who […]

Continue Reading

11 August 2010 ~ 13 Comments

The MsAfropolitan Boutique launches in tribute of the African Women’s Decade

AFP+S+Africa+Womens+Day+2Aug10+480

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. ~Voltaire The African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 was recently launched in the UK by WILPF in conjunction with the Gender Studies department at SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies). I attended for three reasons: […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Continue Reading