The 2010 Maisha (Swedish-African) Artist of the Year is Jaqee

Jaqee is a singer songwriter, whose songs are both personal and political. Who dares to defy, where dozens comply. She is both charismatic and courageous, inspirational and infectious.

She is a two time Swedish Grammy nominee; a member of Nationalteaterns Rockorkester, and in the span of 5 years, has recorded and released four albums covering soul, r n’ b, blues, big band jazz, rock and reggae. She defies categorization, borders and genres.

The 2010 Maisha (Swedish-African) Entrepreneur of the Year is Awa Ndao

The award for Entrepreneur of the Year went to Awa Ndao who has shown great resilience in the face of adversity and overcome a destructive and oppressive marriage to create a thriving business, centered around, extensions, braids, plaits, dreadlocks and cornrows.

It is a business she has run successfully for six years. Her success has led to such accolades as a collaboration with fashion giant Elle magazine. She was and is also instrumental in creating a platform for African hair and fashion to be showcased in Sweden, by way of a mastodon hair and fashion show involving a host of models and live music. A show that she plans to hold annually.

But perhaps the most striking of her achievements has been to introduce one of kind, diploma certified, courses in extensions, dreadlocks, braiding and platting.

The 2010 Maisha (Swedish-African) Woman of the Year is Professor Hannah Akuffo

The Woman of the Year was awarded to Professor Hannah Akuffo, who was recognized for her extensive efforts in the field of research, in the immunology of leprosy and the mechanisms of resistance to the infections caused by the parasite leishmania.

Her contributions in this field include showing the importance of natural immunity to leishmaniasis in humans, and the consequences of co-infection of HIV with the leishmania infection. Her studies also include significant efforts to develop an affordable tool for the diagnosis of the causative agent of river blindness. At present, she is involved in the study to find a method for improving the results of the anti-tuberculosis vaccine, BCG, in low income countries, through de-worming.

She has served a telling 12 years in the research steering committees of the World Bank , the United Nations Development Program and the World Health Organizations’ special program on Tropical Disease Research. And yet, with all of these achievements, she still finds the capacity to supervise PHD candidates, mentor young scientists, chair the European Malaria Vaccine Initiative and raise three daughters!

The Hannah Akuffo Group at Karolinska Institute in Sweden – Hannah is a nominee for the African-Swedish Woman of the Year


The research area of my group is directed at a closer understanding of parasites in influencing the human host immune response. Specifically we have studied the participation of Natural Killer (NK) cells in Leishmania infection, the pathogenesis of ulcer formation during cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and the contribution of helminth infection in immunity to tuberculosis.

In 2006 I was appointed Adjunct Professor at MTC. For 80% of my time, I am the Head of the Division for University Support and National Research Development (UNI), at the Department of Research (SAREC), of the Swedish International Development cooperation Agency, Sida. The division is responsible for research, research training and other research capacity strengthening support to currently 12 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, namely Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. In addition I represent Sweden on two boards (EMVI, European Malaria Vaccine Initiative & EDCTP, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership) that work for developing products and clinical testing of interventions against malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. In my own right a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program based within WHO in Geneva.

See Hannah’s groups’ publications and projects.

Maria LLerena is the Queen of Salsa in Sweden and a nominee for African-Swedish Woman of the Year

Caramba is run by Maria Llerena. Maria has in her entire life engaged in Afro-Caribbean music, songs and rhythms from her homeland Cuba. Maria has toured internationally in many countries and has performed with many famous artists including Edmondo Ros Orchestra, The Mills Brothers, and Josephine Baker.

Maria became famous in Sweden when she appeared on TV in Hylands Corner 1967 the girl from Havana. Among the Swedish artists including Mary have performed with Maria, and other include Evert and Sven-Bertil Taube, Lill-Babs, Siv Malmqvist and Cornershop.

For the fifteenth year in a row, Maria has arranged Maria Baby Salsa Eurhythmics on Mosebacke terrace. It has become something of an institution for young parents. Many activities are also available in locations around Sweden from Skåne to Norrbotten!

When it comes to arranging entertainment, music, dance and celebration, we at Caramba can organize a good suggestion for a successful event.

Caramba is best remembered for the Salsa Babies / Children rhythm that only we engage in Sweden. Course leader and creator of this method is Maria Llerena.

All Caramba activities, performances and courses start and are continuously carried out on site with clients / customers. Caramba will be happy to come to your home / company / school / party venue and arrange courses.

Awa N’dao is a nominee for Swedish-African Woman of the Year

The name African Magic Salong is named for the amazing continent where the owner Awa was born and to raise awareness about Africa as a continent, the word Magic mirrors what we think we do every day. We create works of art that should feel “magical” and special. The art of doing wonders with your hair is a family heritage and our motto, miracles that environment will not be able to tear his eyes away.

Awa N’dao

African Magic Shop is owned and operated by Awa N’dao. The salon has been around since 1998 and specializes in hair extensions, dreadlocks, braids and lace wigs. What makes the African Magic Salong unique is that we are targeting both European and Afro hair and that we see our customers as sources of inspiration.

Each customer is unique and contributes with her personality and her thought to make the African Magic Salong better and better. We have received much praise for the way we respond to customers and their desires and we wish to continue in that line. It should feel like an experience to step into the salon and therefore our decor and the staff contribute to this. There is always coffee or tea with us as a means to promote knowledge sharing on all planes, whether if it’s dreadlocks, hair extensions, or Africa, you want to discuss.


African Magic Lounge OBJECTIVES:
To be Stockholm’s first and best hair salon specializing in both Scandinavian and Afro hair.
African Magic Lounge VISION: Whether you are a woman or a man who wakes up with “a bad hair day” directly refer to African Magic Shop where we perform “magic” on your hair.

Ölandsgatan 48 (Subway Skanstull)
116 63 Stockholm
Tel: 08-644 01 64
Mob: 073-181 92 70
Mon-Sat: 10 – 19
Sun: Closed
We are located approx. 200 meters walk from the Ring Shopping – Skanstull
Take the green subway train to Skanstulls subway station.
Bus 4, which runs between Gullmarsplan and Karlaplan (Radio House).
Bus 3, which is between the Karolinska Hospital and Söder Hospital

Caroline Cowan, Fanny Granström, Jaqee, Anna-Lena Tell, Marie-Louise Jatta, Stina Schroeder, Awa Ndao, Maria Llerena and Hannah Akuffo are nominees for the Swedish-African Woman of the Year.

English below

Maishagalan år 2010

Nu är Maishagalan äntligen tillbaka!

Datum: 24 mars

Tid: kl. 20.00

Plats: Södra Teatern

Maishagalan med framträdanden av olika artister arrangeras för tredje året i rad och hålls detta år på Södra Teatern i Stockholm. Under denna gala utdelas Årets priser/utmärkelser i fyra kategorier till svensk-afrikanska kvinnor (Sweden African Women of the Year Awards).

Syftet med evenemanget är att uppmärksamma kvinnor som är förebilder och de som gör betydande insatser på områden som anknyter till Afrika.

Maishagalan kommer också att framföra en special hyllning till ”mama Afrika” Miriam Makeba.

Marika Carlsson leder Maishagalan 2010

Konferencier för galan blir Marika Carlsson. Hon är en välkänd komiker som år 2006 utsågs till bästa kvinnliga komiker på Svenska Stand-Upgalan. Marika Carlsson har också medverkat i teve program som 100 % i TV4, Stockholm Live och Grillad.


Galan bjuder på underhållning med gästspel av Baba Sissoko griot (historieberättare) från Mali men numera bosatt i Paris, och Sanjally Jobarteh griot från Gambia, numera bosatt i Oslo. Baba Sissoko spelar talking drums och ngoni, han har spelat med artister som Amadou & Mariam, Mory Kanté och Youssou N’dour.

Sanjally Jobarteh spelar en unik korarepertoar baserad på den traditionella klassiska stilen. Dessa två medverkar tillsammans med Fanta Yayo som också tillhör en griotsläkt från Guinea Conakry, med musik på temat ”Manding West African Classic Inspirations”.

Övriga medverkande på galan är bland andra: Mia Elb med danssolo, Årets Maisha Artist 2009 Fanny Granström tillsammans med den egna gruppen Street Conakry m.fl.


Caroline Cowan, Fanny Granström, Jaqee, Anna-Lena Tell, Marie-Louise Jatta, Stina Schröder, Awa Ndao, Maria Llerena och Hannah Akuffo.


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Maishagalan 2010

Now Maishagalan is finally back!

Date: 24 March

Time: kl. 20:00

Location: Southern Theater

Maishagalan with performances by various artists are organized for the third consecutive year and held this year at the Southern Theater in Stockholm. During this year’s gala there will be awards in four categories for Swedish-African women (Sweden African Women of the Year Awards).

The purpose of the event is to highlight women who are role models and those who are making significant efforts in areas related to Africa.

Maishagalan will also make a special tribute to “Mama Africa” Miriam Makeba.

Marika Carlsson is the mistress of ceremonies for Maishagalan 2010. She is a well-known comedian who in 2006 was named best female comedienne in the Swedish Stand-Up awards show. Marika Carlsson has also appeared in TV programs including 100% of TV4, Stockholm Live, and grilled.

The Gala

The gala event offers entertainment with guest appearance by Baba Sissoko GRIOT (storyteller) from Mali, who now lives in Paris, and Sanjally Jobarteh GRIOT from Gambia, now living in Oslo. Baba Sissoko plays talking drums and ngoni, he has played with artists such as Amadou & Mariam, Mory Kant and Youssou N’Dour.

Sanjally Jobarteh plays a unique kora repertoire based on traditional classical style. These two are involved with Fanta Yayo who also belong to a griots group from Guinea Conakry, with music on the theme of “West African Manding Classic Inspirations”.

Other participants at the gala include: Mia Elb dance solo, for the year 2009 Maisha Artist Fanny Granström, together with their group Street Conakry Others.


Caroline Cowan, Fanny Granström, Jaqee, Anna-Lena Tell, Marie-Louise Jatta, Stina Schroeder, Awa Ndao, Maria Llerena and Hannah Akuffo.


Madeleine Opira 073-563 16 29

Ababacarr Jammeh: 070-5544347

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About Maishagalan

The event is linked from the beginning to the International Women’s Day and is a tribute to the dedicated Swedish-African women. The Maisha gala and the Sweden African Women of the Year Awards is also about honouring the women who have inspired very many people through their achievements and those who are good-will ambassadors for Africa. A further aim of the gala is to improve the image of Africa.

“Maisha” means life on the Swahili language, the main language spoken in East Africa.


I’ve met Caroline and think she’s great! Good luck!

Caroline Cowan