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Ake Festival - Feminism on Fleek!!

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Ake Festival - Feminism on Fleek!!

Books, music and travel. These are a few of the things that make my life a better place. A love for these three things is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me, so I was thrilled to be able to go to my hometown for Ake Festival, which is an annual arts and books festival. This year's theme was "This F-Word." Yup, we're not tired of talking about feminism.

If you're subscribed, you know in my last newletter I promised to give you all the Festival gist, so here it is! If you're not subscribed, you should be!! :)

I was invited to Ake by the amazing convener, Lola Shoneyin, to host a book chat with two amazing authors, Dayo Olopade and Alexis Okeowo, both of whom wrote non-fiction books: The Bright Continent (Dayo) and A Moonless, Starless Sky (Alexis).  I've linked both books, so please take a look and support by buying: I promise they are worth it!

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Where the women are

I'm inspired daily by fabulous women doing interesting thing, from Lupita Nyongo, who has parlayed one role into a massive empire, with hopefully more to go, to  Ava Duvernay, whose work as a filmmaker leaves me in awe (can't wait to see "Selma"), to Uzo Aduba and Danai Gurira, both of whom are making their mark as working actresses in an industry far from "home". 

Speaking of home, young ladies like talented South African media personality and entrepreneur Bonang Matheba, to talented writer and smart Kenyan lady Mwende Ngao, to Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie are also making a great mark in their worlds, inspiring many of us, older and younger, to shoot for the stars.

In advocacy and policy-making, we're also trying to make sure we have a seat at the table. Rwanda is admirable, with it's determination to make sure AT LEAST 30% of all political roles are filled by women. At the moment, almost 60% of the parliament members are women. It's an example so many countries use to try and encourage a more inclusive political atmosphere.

Until that happens, I celebrate all the women who have pulled up their chairs, rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work, especially in Nigeria, where, by virtue of culture, so many of us are relegated before we even start. 

Abike Dabiri (House of Reps member), Omobola Johnson (Minister for ICT), Oby Ezekwesili (Former Minister of Education, former World Bank VP, Advocate for "Bring Back Our girls"), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Minister of Finance), Dorothy Akunyili (Former NAFDAC DG, Former Minister of Communication), Diezani Madueke (1st female OPEC President), and many more have a seat at the table.

We may not always agree on their methods, the manner in which we think they got there, or how they discharge they duties, but the fact is, they're in a position of considerable power, and being there is better than not showing up at all. 

Today I celebrate all of the people working hard to make sure ALL our voices are heard, not just the women, but also the men who work with us, for us, and support us.

Share which African women make you proud, in any realm, in any way. Celebrate women everyday. As the James Brown song says: this may be "A man's world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl"

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