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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters! Thank you so much for helping us realize our goal in organizing the first ever Black Arts Retreat in Germany! 5 Days left and our journey begins! We have recently learned of the safety issues (right-wing extremists) surrounding the location of our retreat which discourages us from using public transportation to get there. Unfortunately this is something we cannot avoid. Your support helps us to rent 2 vans to ensure that our Retreat participants travel together directly and safely to and from the retreat. Your kindness and understanding thus far for our goals and mission has been overwhelming! We need one last push and then we will be set to experience a life changing and beneficial experience for us and our community! We will be documenting this event and sharing our highlights via social media afterwards. Stay tuned and again, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Peace, Love & Light,
Soul Sisters Berlin
We, Soul Sisters Berlin, are reaching out to you in hopes that you will help support our first-ever, non-profit BLACK ARTS RETREAT in Berlin, Germany!
SOUL SISTERS BERLIN
Soul Sisters Berlin was created in November 2014 through the friendship of a group of young Black women in Germany. They felt and saw the need for a safe space in which women of the African Diaspora in Berlin could share their experiences, connect with each other, empower each other, and learn from one another. This intimate privatsphere of like minded friends rapidly grew into a community of over 300 women of color who have made it their mission to empower the black female voice through the exploration of afro-futurism, african mythology, and speculative art and fiction! We intend to further live these principles by creating public events in which we can enrich our community with our presence, knowledge and perspective!
“Colored Woman in a White World” Performance, 2014
BLACK ARTS RETREAT (BAR):
Our first large-scale event is the BLACK ARTS RETREAT: Soul Sisters Edition and will be held May 20-22, 2016!! We are collaborating with BAR concept founder, Kelly Thomas (USA) to create a program that incorporates meditation, creative workshops and movement activities, that will focus on the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of black women.
“…historically African American women are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of race-related stress, given their socially constructed identities as African Americans and as women.” (Stress, Health and African American Women: A Black History Month Notation – Huffingtonpost.com)
“The rate of high blood pressure for black females age 20 and older is 45 percent.” (The leading cause of stroke) (Stress, Health and African American Women: A Black History Month Notation – Huffingtonpost.com)
“The depression rate among African American women is estimated to be almost 50% higher than that of Caucasian women.” (Blackwomenshealth.com)
(Although these citations are taken from studies and statistics in the United States, they shine a light on the daily struggles and issues of women of the African Diaspora all over the world.)
Dear Global Community! Help us heal and strengthen our society from the inside out! The retreat is organized by a team of Soul Sister volunteers, however, there are some costs we cannot avoid. We are looking for financial support to help us cover the costs of housing (650 euros), food (200 euros), and transportation (200 euros) . Every little bit counts!
Please help Soul Sisters around the world enrich our community and empower our society to make even greater contributions to our Global Society!
THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts,
Soul Sisters Berlin
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.
(A Poem for Black Women in Europe)
The memory of mother
(A Poem for Black Women in Europe)
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 www.blackgirlonmars.com and you can find all her recent writing here www.lesleyannbrownwrites.wordpress.com. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York and studied writing at the New School.