Victoria Walldin – Powerful woman

Victoria Walldin

Victoria Walldin – Sweden – Lifestyle – Anthropologist

Victoria Walldin – Sweden – Lifestyle
Victoria Walldin – Sweden – Lifestyle

Viktoria Walldin works with architects to ensure that their green designs are in tune with urban culture. She uses participation and analysis to determine how people use spaces and places and what does and does not work. Fascinated by the “space syntax” method and how it relates to anthropology, Viktoria puts her research all together so that the architects and the end users are on the same blueprint.

Zawe Ashton – From Fresh Meat to Dreams of a Life

Hat tip: Euromight

Source: The Guardian

(Zawe Ashton) has been written about in those “people to watch” pieces. Exciting times. At the age of 27, Zawe (pronounced zow-ee) Ashton is on the brink of big things.

She is funny, vibrant and charismatic; tall, with a strong, deep voice, she inhabits a big space. I think about how Joyce must have been at a similar age – young, beautiful, with dreams of being a singer, who could have been forgiven for thinking she was going somewhere too.

Read the full Guardian article.

Partricia V. Sellers – Powerful woman

Partricia V. Sellers

Patricia Sellers – England – Law – Special Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Professor

Patricia Sellers – England - Lifestyle
Patricia Sellers – England - Law

Patricia Sellers is on the faculty of Oxford University. Additionally she is Special Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict. From 1994-2007, Professor Sellers was the Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Senior Acting Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Prior to her work as an international prosecutor, Professor Sellers served at the Directorate General for External Relations at the European Commission, and the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.

Igiaba Scego – Powerful woman

Igiaba Scego

Igiaba Scego – Italy – Literature – Award-winning author

Igiaba Scego – Italy – Lifestyle
Igiaba Scego – Italy – Literature

Igiaba Scego was born in Rome in 1974 to Somali parents. She writes for l’Unità, “Internazionale” and many other magazines that talk about migrations and African cultures, such as “Nigrizia”. Her books include: Pecore nere (Laterza 2005), Oltre Babilonia (Donzelli 2008) and La mia casa è dove sono (Rizzoli 2010) winner of the Mondello award.

Intervista a Igiaba Scego by afrikanews

Dyana Gaye is a filmaker

Bio source:

Born in Paris in 1975, graduated from the University of Paris VIII – Saint-Denis with a Master of Film Studies. In 1999, she won the Scholarship Louis Lumière – Villa Medicis Hors les murs for her screenplay “Une femme pour Souleymane” and which will obtain numerous awards at international festivals. Meanwhile, Dyana Gaye worked as a programmer to ACID (Agency for the Independent Film Distribution) for several years. In 2004, she realized ”J’ai deux amours” that is part of a series of 15 short films titled ”Paris, la métisse”. His latest short film, “Deweneti” has received numerous awards and was nominated for the Ceasar for short film in 2008.


Un Transport en Commun, 2010

Deweneti, 2006

J’ai deux amours, 2005

Une femme pour Souleymane, 2000

Who is Anna Nyakana?

Hat tip: Lorraine Spencer

Bio source:

“Acoustic music brought back to its core. Anna Nyakana is refreshing in her writing and melodies; for true music lovers.”

Anna was born in Berlin, Germany in 1986 to a Ugandan (African) father and Moldavian (Russian) mother. Her family, with their roots in Moldova left as refugees to Germany. However, they returned to Russia when Anna was only 3 years old and there she spent her childhood years. Anna began singing at the age of 6, learned to read music and play the clarinet at the age of 8, taught herself how to play the guitar at 14, and studied classical piano at 16. At the age of 19, she decided to create her own entertainment company to maintain control of her destiny.

Not only is she a singer and songwriter, Anna Nyakana is on a mission to inspire others with her heart for human rights. Being an active member of the non-profit organizations Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network , she is spreading light on current events around the world and how we can make a difference.

In 2007 Anna Nyakana self released her self titled debut album. With her 1 hit-single “Just a Day,” she was crowned the winner of the “Starbucks Music Makers Competition” online vote. Her distinctive sound has led to digital distribution with over thirty companies including Apple iTunes, and Napster.

Anna is also the author of The Student Survival Guide to Online College.