Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Hat tip: Monique Wells. Source: British Black List

Baroness Patricia Scotland Makes History as 1st (Black) Woman Secretary General of The Commonwealth of Nations!

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Nominated to discuss her life and career on the ‘Inspiring Women’ segment of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour by ‎Grace Ononiwu, the Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC, aged 60, took up her newest landmark position as Her Excellency, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations on April 1st 2016.

Nominated by the Hon ‎Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, the main issue of contention for the appointing Commonwealth Heads of Governments, was her Catholic faith! That’s saying something for a lawyer and politician!

This pioneering barrister, Britain’s first black female Queen’s Counsel (QC), Privy Counsellor (PC), member of the House of Lords (Upper House) since 1997 (life peerage), former UK Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1999 – 2001, former member of theCommission for Racial Equality, UK Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor’s Department 2001-2003), UK Minister of State (Home Office, 2003-2007), Labour attorney general (2007 – 2010), andshadow attorney general (2010 – 2011), obviously rises to any challenge!

Read the full story on The British Blacklist.

Achenyo Idachaba – Keynote – Running Out Of Raw Materials

The Bridge Conference in Lund, Sweden is about building a platform where science and business can meet and prosperous relationships grow. It is about connecting entrepreneurs, opinion leaders and investors with today’s most influential minds within life science and materials science. Our goal is to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Meet a keynote speaker.

Achenyo Idachaba
Achenyo Idachaba

Ms. Achenyo Idachaba is a Computer Scientist turned Social Entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Creative Director of MitiMeth, Nigeria. MitiMeth engages riverine communities and local artisans to create eco-friendly handcrafted home and personal accessories utilizing invasive aquatic weeds such as Water Hyacinth and Cattail, Agro-waste such as Banana and Maize.

She also utilizes non-timber forest resources, specifically wild Bamboo. In 2015, Achenyo was nominated the Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria. In the same year she became a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme Awardee. She is a 2015 TED Speaker and is also the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, MitiMeth received the Local Raw Materials Content Award from the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) for her innovative use of local raw materials. Achenyo is also a YouWIN Awardee.

Her work at MitiMeth has been featured on CNBC Africa, CNN’s African Start-Up, The Nation and BusinessDay Newspapers, BusinessLife Magazine and also on BusinessAfrica TV. Her work has also been published in the Nigerian Field Journal. Prior to founding MitiMeth and Greennovative Chain Consulting, Achenyo spent 11 years with ExxonMobil where she held a variety of Regional and Global Advisor positions in Planning and Supply Chain operations. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, an M.S. in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University and an M.B.A from Cornell University. She lives and runs MitiMeth in the rustic Southwestern city of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Achenyo Idachaba

She is the keynote speaker at The Bridge 2-day conference in Lund, Sweden.

Women Travel Abroad for Beauford Delaney Exhibition in Paris

In February – March 2016, an extraordinary event brought women students and educators to Paris.

The Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition, held at Columbia Global Centers at Reid Hall (Columbia University’s Paris facility), was the inaugural event for the Wells International Foundation (WIF). It combined art, study abroad, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education in educational programming built upon the abstract expressionist art and portraiture of painter Beauford Delaney (1901-1979).

Beauford Delaney
Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color catalog cover

Students from the University of Arizona traveled from Tucson to Paris to create an Augmented Reality app that allows users to access videos about numerous works in the exhibition. Four of the six students were women.

American K-12 educators traveled to Paris to experience the Global Educator Program for professional development organized by WIF and the social entrepreneurship J Rêve International. Founded by Jacqueline Cofield, J Rêve brought 7 teachers to the City of Light – six from the U.S. and one from South Korea. Six of these educators were women.

In addition to students enrolled in Columbia’s study abroad program, students from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Vassar-Wesleyan program, and Stanford University experienced the exhibition as well. Again, the majority of them were women.

As a result of attending a guided visit to the exhibition and meeting WIF founder and CEO, Monique Wells, Stanford University’s Sojourner Ahébée applied for a fellowship to pursue a 9-week internship with WIF in Paris. She was awarded the fellowship and will begin her project in mid-July 2016.

Beauford Delaney
Monique Y. Wells and Sojourner Ahebee © Wells International Foundation

WIF now wants to have museums in the U.S. and Europe host the exhibition. It plans to organize educational and cultural programs similar to those that were associated with the Paris exhibition – including travel abroad to the European venues.

WIF is currently conducting a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money to create a video documentary of the exhibition. This video will accompany the marketing proposal that WIF will send to museums on both sides of the Atlantic to encourage them to host the show.

The crowdfunding campaign runs through May 24, 2016. Help WIF place the Beauford Delaney exhibition at European museums and provide study abroad opportunities for university students and K-12 educators by clicking on the link below to make your pledge today!

Beauford Delaney

Beauford Delaney: Sharing a Master’s Art with the World!

Soul Sisters: Black Arts Retreat

This initiative needs our support.

Lesley-Ann Brown

Lesley-Ann Brown: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lesley-Ann Brown, Poet: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Lesley-Ann Brown to be a Black Women in Europe Blog™ Shero because of her beautiful way with words. She’s a prolific poet and essayist with her own publishing imprint as well as dedicated mother, activist and wordsmith. I first blogged about Lesley-Ann in April 2008. Lesley-Ann also knows how to pull together a picnic in Copenhagen where a sister can meet other funny, inspiring and lovely sisters. Somehow Lesley-Ann found the time to write two poems to commemorate the Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary. How fortunate are we? Download your copy now.

Tak Lesley-Ann. Thank you for choosing your words wisely.

Hair Now
(A Poem for Black Women in Europe)

The memory of mother
(A Poem for Black Women in Europe)

Lesley-Ann Brown

Lesley-Ann Brown is an educator and writer. She writes for NBCBLK and has contributed to anthologies, both in Denmark and in the U.S. She blogs at and you can find all her recent writing here She is originally from Brooklyn, New York and studied writing at the New School.

Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Photographer Lola Akerstrom