Mama;Celebrating the African Woman

In the spirit of Mothers’s Day, we would love to take time to celebrate some phenomenal African mothers. These women have made indelible marks not only in their homes but on the society at large and have have broken the countless barriers that the feminine gender face and have against all odds become remarkable forces to be reckoned with.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (LIBERIA) 

October 29th, 1938 1st Female President in Africa Nobel Prize Winner ‘To girls and women everywhere, I issue a simple invitation. my sisters, my daughters, my friends; find your voice.’

Rosalie Gicanda (1928-1994) (RWANDA) Queen of Rwanda murdered during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Queen Nzinga (ANGOLA) (1583-1663) Queen of Ndongo and Matamba from 1624-1663 She is known for her political and diplomatic acumen and brilliant military tactics.
Queen Amina of Zauzzau (NIGERIA) She was a warrior Queen and leader of modern day Zaria, conqueror and pace setter.
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (NIGERIA) 25th October 1900-13th April, 1978 Teacher, Women’s Right Activist and Politician. First woman to drive a car in NIgeria. ‘
Dora Akunyili (NIGERIA) July 14, 1954- 7 June, 2014 Director National agency for Food Drug Administration Control, Governmental Administrator and Human Rights Activist. ‘If we fail to act now, history will not forgive us. I rest my case’
Brenda Fassie (SOUTH AFRICA) 3rd November, 1964 – 9th May, 2004 Anti-apartheid Afro-pop Singer, Best known for her hit track- ‘Vuli Ndlela’ 1997
Mariam Makeba (SOUTH AFRICA) 4th March 1932 -9th November 2008 Singer, Actress, UN Goodwill Ambassador, Civil Rights Activists ‘i look at an ant and I see myself; a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with a racism that crushes my spirit.’

Political/ Environmental Activist, Nobel Prize Winner
Wangari Mathai (KENYA) April 1 1940- September 25 2011 Environmental/Political Activist ‘African women in general need to know that it’s okay for them to be the way they are, to see the way they are as a strength and for them to liberated from fear and from silence.’



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