2017 Power List

Fatoumata Kebe-2017 Powerful Woman

Why we love Fatoumata Kebe

Fatoumata Kebe

THIS IS Fatoumata Kebe, a final-year astronomy student on a mission to clean up space.

The 29-year-old, who works on space debris, is just months away from collecting her PhD from at Observatoire de Paris and Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

Space debris is the traces of human activity in space, all the things left there.

“Bits of rockets, for instance,” she told Clique.tv. “My work focuses particularly on what happens when these objects collide and explode. For example, I try to determine how many pieces of debris an object will split into.”

Fatoumata decided this was the subject for her after completing a programme at NASA.

“Over there, I took a space environment course on the subject with an engineer from the European Space Agency. I liked it because, at the time, I was torn between space and the environment, and here was a subject that dealt with the environment in space.”

There are currently two million pieces of debris orbiting the Earth, so, according to Fatoumata, a need for her expertise will be around for the foreseeable.

“We leave traces everywhere we go: there is plenty of work to do.”

She adds: “A 5 cm piece of debris in space has about as much energy as a bus. And it can have very serious consequences.

“The space around the Earth is too cluttered. We can’t send up any more rockets or satellites without risking them being destroyed by debris.”

Working in astronomy was a “childhood dream” for Fatoumata. She found pictures of stars and planets “fascinating”, but didn’t know how to get into the profession.

“After focusing on science subjects at school, I went off to university. I did a Master’s in fluid mechanics, but as that wasn’t sufficiently space-oriented, I did courses at the European Space Agency, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), etc. I then went off to Japan for a year to learn about space engineering and building nanosatellites.”

She is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis and hopes to officially become an astronomer.

On perceptions of astronomy being a male-only profession, she says: “I think the problem is a wider one. There is a problem with women in the sciences, from high school onwards. Once you get to university, the numbers of women dwindle over time. There are very few of us left by the time you get to post-doctoral level.”

“A lot of girls around me have said things like, ‘Fatou, I want a family life’. Girls lack self-belief in this field.”

She admits people have tried to discourage her, but she is defiant and admits, “I’m against positive discrimination, so it’s quite difficult.”

2017 Power List

Aysha Jones-2017 Powerful Woman

Why we love Aysha Jones

Aysha Jone

Aysha Jones is an award winning social activist turnt entrepreneur becoming a fashion, beauty and media maven. Based in Stockholm, Sweden with origins from The Gambia, West Africa working with international brands and clients.
She’s the founder of many groundbreaking platforms such as The LeNoir agency, Creative week (former Africa fashion week Stockholm), Queen of the Runway, Africa fashion & beauty TV and more.

Aysha Jones is a skilled fashion stylist, professional makeup and spraytan artist with a diploma from one of Sweden’s most prestigious beauty institutions. At the moment she’s also in training to become a certified beauty teacher!

She has worked for major brands such as Max Factor, Färg, Maréna Beauté and Nivea. She’s internationally represented by The LeNoir agency and by People partner in Sweden.

Portfolio: www.ayshastyledit.com
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3. Modeling
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1. Event planners & organizations
2. Makeup artists
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– Africa fashion & beauty TV 
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2017 Power List

Nicole Crentsil-2017 Powerful Woman

Why we love Nicole Crentsil

Nicole Crentsil

Co-founder of Black Girl Festival UK. The UK’s first Black British festival for women and girls is designed to celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in the UK. A space for Black British women to see themselves within their local London community through a combination of the arts, music, culture, and conversation.

Black Girl Festival is a venture by Paula Akpan, co-founder of the ‘I’m Tired’ Project and social media coordinator for gal-dem, and Nicole Crentsil, founder of Unmasked Women. Both are passionate about celebrating and championing Black women and wanted to create a festival that showcases London’s talented creative community of Black British women.

Artists, panelists, workshop facilitators, musicians and poets for a day-long festival on Sunday 29th October as part of our British Black History Month celebrations. A marketplace, zine and art fair, and a food market as well as an area for the panels, workshops during the day and entertainment later in the evening. Free for all to attend.

2017 Power List

Paula Akpan – 2017 Powerful Woman

Why we love Paula Akpan.

Paula Akpan

Co-founder of Black Girl Festival UK. The UK’s first Black British festival for women and girls is designed to celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in the UK. A space for Black British women to see themselves within their local London community through a combination of the arts, music, culture, and conversation.

Black Girl Festival is a venture by Paula Akpan, co-founder of the ‘I’m Tired’ Project and social media coordinator for gal-dem, and Nicole Crentsil, founder of Unmasked Women. Both are passionate about celebrating and championing Black women and wanted to create a festival that showcases London’s talented creative community of Black British women.

Artists, panelists, workshop facilitators, musicians and poets for a day-long festival on Sunday 29th October as part of our British Black History Month celebrations. A marketplace, zine and art fair, and a food market as well as an area for the panels, workshops during the day and entertainment later in the evening. Free for all to attend.

2017 Power List

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2017 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2017 – A List of Our Own©

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THE 8.INTERN: TÜBINGEN AFRICA FESTIVAL 2018 IN GERMANY IT IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR REGISTRATION & PARTICIPATION

TÜBINGEN AFRICA FESTIVAL

The 1-year break is over, its time to get back to business as usual and this time on a big note. The festival is now called GAIEXPO as it has included African Small and Medium enterprises worldwide. This sector shall promote the continent Africa not just as a tourist but business destination with endless opportunities in sectors such as Agriculture, Agri-business -food, Tourism, Arts, and Culture etc.

TÜBINGEN AFRICA FESTIVAL

We are calling on all small businesses and enterprises, Africa and Diaspora Entrepreneurs, Traders, workshops givers, trainers, Artist, panelist… in Africa, Germany, Europe & USA to register and participate. GAIEXPO is an African market and meeting place open to countries, companies, Ngo´s with interest in sub-Sahara Africa to share contacts, information, network and do deals.

We look forward to meeting you in Tübingen, Germany 2018 contact:
info@gabs-germany.de or  kontakt@afrikafestival.net

www.gaiexpo.com

Susan Tatah, Managing Director