Sylvia Global Media & Amina Doherty
Amina Doherty (Host)
Amina is a young Nigerian feminist activist and artist whose work focuses on feminist philanthropy and creative arts for advocacy. Prior to her role as founding member and Coordinator of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, Amina worked at the women’s rights grant-making program at the Sigrid Rausing Trust in London, the Feminist Majority Foundation in Washington D.C., and the London-based creative network, Arts & Business. Amina brings to her activism a passion for music, art, travel and poetry, which she chronicles via her blog, Following Her Footsteps. She’s is a self-taught painter, DJ-in-the-making, and freelance writer for several magazines across the Caribbean.
Meet The ARTivists...
Thursday April 11th at 10:30am (Nigeria); Spectra Speaks is a writer, storyteller, and new media consultant whose work focuses on the intersection of media, identity, and social psychology as it occurs in activism and philanthropy. Last year, she successfully crowdfunded Africans for Africa, an independent project that involved travelling through Southern Africa for 6 months, training women-led social impact ventures in new media and technology for storytelling, awareness-raising, and thought leadership. She is the founder and editor of media advocacy organization, QWOC Media Wire, and the engagement officer of Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), a startup foundation nurturing African philanthropy in the Diaspora. She writes about media, gender, and love at www.spectraspeaks.com. || Twitter: @spectraspeaks, @qwocmediawire, @AiDinnovations
Thursday April 18th at 10:30am (Kenya), Purity Kagwiria is a feminist activist who currently works as Director of the Young Changemakers program at Akili Dada an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds. Purity is passionate about girls’ education, young women's rights, documenting oral herstories, and photography. She moonlights as a fashion designer and is a 'wannabe artist'. Purity is also an advisor to FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund. || Twitter: @pruncie
Thursday April 25th at 10:30am (Ghana), Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Feminist Activist, Communications Professional, Entrepreneur and a Writer. Nana currently manages the communications portfolio at the African Women’s Development Fund, is a co-owner of MAKSI (a Clothing and Events organizing Company) and curates ‘Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’, a highly acclaimed and widely read blog on African women and sexuality at www.adventuresfrom.com. In January 2013, Applause Magazine listed Nana as one of ’40 Inspirational Africans Under 40’. In the same month, New African Woman magazine featured her in a special feature entitled, “ones to get to know in 2013”. || Twitter: @nas009
Thursday May 2nd at 10:30am (Antigua); Guyanese-born Linisa George has lived in Antigua since the age of three, and started writing poetry in secret at the age of six. To date, her poetry has been published in three anthologies; The World Record by Bloodaxe Books (2012), The 2012 Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books and So The Nailhead Bend, So The Story End and Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan writing (2012). She is a strong advocate of gender justice and is an executive member of Women of Antigua (WOA), responsible for bringing The Vagina Monologues to Antigua, and then for producing When a Woman Moans, an Antiguan response to Eve Ensler’s play. This year she is shooting a documentary film based on her autobiographical poem The Brown Girl in the Ring, about a journey to self acceptance. She has recently launched her own online magazine Black Girl In the Ring (BGRMag) || Twitter: @blckgrlintherng @BGRmag
Thursday May 9th at 10:30am (UK); Zena Edwards is a poet and performer who uses song, movement and global influences as a jump-off for her words. She defines the fusion of poetry and music by including traditional African-instrumentation (the Kalimba and Kora) and new technology, to create her own sound tracks for her poems and stories, producing a body of work that reaches culturally and generationally diverse audiences on an international level. She fuses Jazzy Hip-Hop grooves, heavily influenced by her world music collaborations, with South African musicians including Pops Mohamed, one of her most important mentors. || Twitter: @ZenaEdwards
Thursday May 16th at 10:30am (Grenada); Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe is a Grenadian contemporary artist/activist and co-founder of Groundation Grenada Action Collective. Her interdisciplinary approach to social change also includes yoga instruction at Spice Harmony Yoga Studio, which she runs with her family, and agricultural development and education work through The Grenada Goat Dairy Project. Malaika’s artistic inquiry is fueled by her engagement with community along these varying but interlinked pathways. Her photography and film work has been exhibited in the Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and the United Kingdom. || Twitter: @malaikabsl @groundationgrenada