Minna Salami is a multiple award winning writer, blogger and commentator.
Minna was born in Finland, spent her first thirteen years in Nigeria and has since lived in Sweden, Spain, New York and in London, where she now resides. She has been blogging since 2006 launching her blog, MsAfropolitan, in 2010. She is a contributor to the Guardian Africa Network. Minna is the winner of the African Diaspora Awards Outstanding Achievement in Media Award 2013 and the Women4Africa Blogger of the Year Award 2013. She is listed as one of ’40 African change-makers under 40′ by Applause Africa; one of 50 Remarkable Women connected by Nokia and shortlisted for ‘Blogger of the Year’-in RED Magazine ‘Red’s Hot Women Awards’ 2012.
Minna is a guest speaker at settings such as the Southbank Centre, The V&A Museum, the University of Northampton (keynote), Channel 4 and TV Ontario. Her commentary has appeared in The Guardian (UK), The Independent and The Huffington Post. Minna’s degrees include a Master of Arts with Distinction in Gender Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
In 2011, Minna was responsible for an inaugural fashion show at the V&A Museum’s Rapahel Gallery titled MsAfropolitan presents ‘The Rise of Afropolitan Fashion’. In 2010, to complement the blog, she launched the MsAfropolitan Boutique, an online shop selling products made by women of African heritage, as a tribute to the UN-backed African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020.
She is the author of cache, a poetry collection published by Weedmark Publishing.
With her blog, online shop, public profile and research, Minna is committed to contributing to bringing to the forefront voices of women of African heritage.
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AWARDS and RECOGNITION
* 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”
* Applause Africa 2012 “40 under 40 African changemakers”
* 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
* Remarkable Women connected by Nokia
* BEFFTA 2011 nominee “Blog of the Year”
* Concept Link 2011 20 must-follow African women
Just want to second Ashley and say a HUGE thank you for all your hard work on Friday, and for bringing so much to the Afropolitans programme. I was particularly pleased that the panel discussion was so very well attended and I am only disappointed that I wasn’t able to listen to the whole thing. I know the fashion shows were a big hit and I can’t believe I didn’t get to catch one!
-Orla Houston, V&A Curator
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.
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
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, Jerthro Institute for Good Governance (JIGG)
Thank you for the fabulous articles. We have received a lot of praise!
Emma Wodhouse, WINGS
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, 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
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!