Monday, July 6, 2015

Minna Salammi

Minna Salammi – Activist, Blogger & Speaker

Minna is a Nigerian-Finnish writer, blogger and speaker and the founder of MsAfropolitan, a multiple award-winning pan-African feminist blog. She is also a member of the Duke University Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network, the Guardian Africa Network, a board member of UK Charity For Books’ Sake, and a Huffington Post contributor. 

I am a Nigerian-Finnish writer, blogger and speaker and the founder of MsAfropolitan, a multiple award-winning pan-African feminist blog. I am a member of the Duke University Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network, the Guardian Africa Network, a board member of UK Charity For Books’ Sake and a Huffington Post contributor. I am listed as one of Applause Africa’s “40 African Change-makers under 40″, one of Nokia’s “50 Remarkable Women Connected by Nokia” and listed by Eelan Media as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media”.
My commentary has appeared in leading papers: The Observer, The GuardianThe Independent and The Huffington Post. I am aTEDx speaker. My appearances include talks and debates at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London City Hall as well as fora and events in South Africa, Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Gambia, Austria, Belgium.
I studied Gender Studies at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Political Science at the University of Lund in Sweden. I have lectured and presented talks at a number of universities in Britain and Europe including Warwick, Westminster, Berlin and London.
Prior to founding MsAfropolitan in 2010, I had years of branding, marketing and project management experience in the creative industries, across different countries and continents. In this role, I successfully oversaw campaigns for clients such as The Oxford Literary Festival, International Masters Publishers and Simon & Schuster.
For two years, as a complement to the blog, I ran The MsAfropolitan Boutique, an online shop selling a wide range of products made by women of African heritage. The shop was launched as a tribute to the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020.
When I am not writing, blogging or speaking, I am likely to be found reading books – some of the many authors I cherish are Siri Hustvedt, Wole Soyinka and Sefi Atta; doing yoga – Ashtanga and Yin especially but I devour all yoga forms; dancing – I used to samba professionally; spending time outdoors – running and walking; or listening to music – gladly Fatoumata Diawara, Nneka, Susheela Raman, Jean Sibelius, Fiona Apple and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
I speak five languages and have lived and worked in Nigeria, Sweden, Spain, New York and London, where I now reside.
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Follow her on Twitter: @MsAfropolitan
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