So, I’m celebrating Minna Salami today. A Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer. She is the founder of an award-winning blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism with contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I admire this amazing woman and she inspires me greatly.
Minna Salami was born in Finland in 1978 to a Nigerian father and a Finnish mother. Minna started her career as a marketing business executive, dealing with branding and management of products. She worked in many countries. Thereafter she founded the blog MsAfropolitan in 2010. It deals with issues related to Nigeria and the diaspora on feminist issues. She also promoted the MsAfropolitan Boutique, in recognition of the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020. This online boutique sold many heritage goods of Africa, manufactured by women of Africa.
With an MA in Gender Studies (Distinction) from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Political Science from The University of Lund, Sweden, as well as an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from The Hong Kong Baptist University she is perfectly suited to bridge the gap between feminism and universal concepts with an Africa-centred lens enabling those who encounter her work to discover an exciting feminist perspective. She sits on the Advisory Board of The African Feminist Initiative at Pennsylvania State University and the Editorial Board of The Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Sahel. She is a judge for the One World Media Awards and a nominator for The Prince Claus Foundation and The Princess of Asturias Foundation. She is the author of Sensuous Knowledge (Zed/Harper Collin US), forthcoming in 2019.
As an international keynote speaker, Minna has presented hundreds of talks at some of the world’s most prominent institutions including TEDx, The European Parliament, Yale University, The Oxford Union, UN Women and The Singularity University at NASA. She has spoken at events in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Jamaica, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Gambia, The Netherlands, The UAE, The UK, and The USA.
In addition, Minna has consulted governments on gender equality presenting the Government of Bermuda with a series of talks and consultations. She has curated events at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London and her media commentary includes The BBC, SKY, Al Jazeera and Channel 4. She is proficient in five languages and has lived in Nigeria, Sweden, Spain, New York and London. Salami is the recipient of a number of awards.
She is truly a source of inspiration and a phenomenal woman!
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Have a lovely weekend guys.