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.

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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.

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

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Lola Akinmade Åkerström: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Multi-Award Winning Travel Photographer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Lola as a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero not only because of her enormous photography talent (my Swede was impressed with her camera when he observed it draped around her neck and resting on her baby bump several years ago) but because of her enormous body of work. She’s been to just about every corner of the world, seriously and has been published in everything from National Geographic to the BBC and took a selfie with Sweden’s Crown Princess before selfies were all the rage. I’ve written so many blog posts about Lola’s achievements that I can’t decide which award is the most impressive.  I know first hand how amazing Lola’s eyes are as she has made me look magical from behind the lens. And I’m touched this globe-trotting mother of two and trophy wife still wears the stylish girlfriend hat. All I had to do was ask (and follow up a couple of times) with the amazing Lola to create something to mark my anniversary and she did not let me down. Indeed she created something museum worthy and for that I will always be grateful.

I will treasure this expose Lola! Tusen tack.

In Photos: On redefining dreams in Europe

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Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Words and photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

As a Nigerian-born, Sweden-based self-taught photographer, my dream as a child was to one day see my images grace the pages of National Geographic which opened the world of exploration to me during my childhood. My professional work has appeared in various publications such as National Geographic Traveller, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and several in-flight magazines, and my photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

My style is inspired by the conscious act of “listening”. I tend to isolate people or subjects and place almost all focus on them. I make traditionally “mundane” scenes more interesting through isolation. This is something I both consciously and subconsciously do. I observe interactions – how people are interacting with each other, with their environment, and how light interacts with them – to capture a sense of place. This is conscious. The subconscious comes from listening. Because I always try to listen to people and places, I tend to isolate individuals and visually listen to and elevate them. I listen to their verbal and nonverbal stories. I let them tell those stories themselves through my photography. And I strive to dignify them during the process of telling their own stories visually.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

I’m always inspired by strong black women who are actively carving their own creative paths despite the challenges we collectively face and are building successful lives and careers for themselves in unconventional ways. Living in Sweden for a while now, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many resilient black women doing amazing things – from entrepreneurs in the beauty and baking fields to performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers, authors, and many more. All redefining what it means to be successful by actively pursuing their dreams and passions.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Follow Lola’s work here

Twitter Handle  – http://www.twitter.com/LolaAkinmade

Portfolio – http://www.akinmade.com

Blog – http://www.lolaakinmade.com

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/LolaAkinmade

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/GeotravelersNiche

LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/lolaakinmade

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+LolaAkinmadeAkerstrom

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/LolaAkinmade

Slow Travel Stockholm – http://www.slowtravelstockholm.com

Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz


 

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Lyota Swainson: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lyota Swainson, Holistic Hair Care Expert: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Lyota to be a 10th Anniversary Shero because she epitomizes so many things for me: the selfless mother; the relentless entrepreneur; the driven advocate who really wants women to understand their outer beauty and teach them how to nurture it as well as honor their inner beauty; and the woman’s woman. You know strong, beautiful, confident, generous, kind, caring and wise. I first blogged about Lyota when she became a distributor for Sacha Cosmetics. I have had the pleasure of Lyota having her talented hands work their magic with make up and brushes on my face to transform lovely to wow! And I have been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of samples of her hair care line along it’s road from development to distribution and my hair is thankful. I’m thankful for how good Lyota makes me feel and how she empowers me and any other sister fortunate to be her client through her ethos of education, education, education. Lyota ensures you know what you need to know to make the right choices for caring for you. Lyota is sharing her advice for winter hair care for Afro textured hair.

Thank you Lyota! And our locks are thanking you in advance.

Winterize Your Hair – Stopping Hair Breakage, for Afro Hair

The most common problem I know concerning black hair is breakage.  Especially in the winter months where the harsh and dry conditions could reek havoc on your hair. We have all suffered from this one time or another in our lifetime.  If proper care is not given in the winter months, it could set your healthy hair journey back months or even years with the possible breakage that could ensue. So prevention is key here.

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Lyota Swainson’s Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care

The main cause is lack of moisture in the hair shaft. Following these tips is a sure fire way to alleviate breakage using Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Products. Wash regularly. Weekly washes and treatments is your best line of defense in imparting moisture into the hair and increasing elasticity.

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Core Radiance RRR Protein treatment every 6 to 8 weeks to help hair retain moisture and strengthen the hair using quinoa protein.

 

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Use Core Radiance Moisture Trap deep moisturizing treatment weekly, 20 minutes under heat is sufficient. Sodium Hyaluronate, imparts moisture into the shaft.  MSM, Biotin and Niacin nourishes the follicles to promote growth.

 

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Using Core Radiance Silky Smooth conditioner for Co-washing is great for naturals.  Just remember to use Core Radiance Detox shampoo to clarify once a month to remove build up of natural oils.

 

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To infuse moisture into the hair in between washes by adding Core Radiance Hydro-Lock leave-in when hair feels slightly dry to the touch. Follow by sealing with CR Flawless Finish cream or Forever Oil, to seal in the moisture and slow the rate of evaporation.

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Core Radiance brush

These simple daily to week habits below will make a world of deference to your hair. Try to use minimum to no heat.  This will retain the moisture levels in the hair shaft. Use a silk material when sleeping, other materials are inclined to absorb the moisture from the hair. Keep hair up in protective styles to brace against the weather. Wear warm hats lined with a silk material to retain moisture.

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Core radiance comb

Follow these simple steps and you should see your breakage subside. Lush, soft, shiny and healthy head of hair should emerge shortly. Lyota can be reached on lyota@zuzy.se and +46 73 687 5818.

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Lyota Swainson photo by Odou John Andrews

Lyota Swainson, is originally from New York City. Currently living in Stockholm, Sweden with her son. Distributor of Sacha Cosmetics in Sweden and Creator of Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Line. Supports  beauty from the inside out projects that help empower young girls and women to build one’s self esteem.


Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

 

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


 

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ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

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Welcome to an evening of film, music and conversation about Mama Africa!

Zenzile or “Zenzi” as she was called at home in South Africa became a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and was an activist for human rights and equality of all people for most of her life.

The challenges Miriam Makeba fought against are relevant even today. What can we learn from her life and deeds?

The evening begins with a film and panel discussion, followed by artists expressing themselves and interpreting Miriam Makeba’s music.

participants:
Graham Tainton, choreographer and cousin of Miriam Makeba
Ake Holm, friend since the 60s and award-winner in technology for audio and video
Margaret Gärding, researcher and activist with experience of apartheid.

Participating artists:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Carter’s
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

More participants announced shortly. RSVP on the Facebook event invitation.

With support from the City of Stockholm.

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ZENZILE! Om Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

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Välkommen till en afton med film, musik och samtal om Mama Africa!

Zenzile eller ”Zenzi” som hon kallades hemma i Sydafrika blev en symbol för kampen mot apartheid och var aktivist för mänskliga rättigheter och alla människors lika värde under större delen av sitt liv.

Utmaningarna Miriam Makeba kämpade mot är relevanta även idag. Vad kan vi lära oss från hennes liv och gärningar?

Kvällen inleds med film och panelsamtal, därefter kommer artister att framföra och tolka Miriam Makebas musik.

Medverkande:
Graham Tainton, koreograf och kusin till Miriam Makeba
Åke Holm, vän sedan 60-talet samt prisbelönad inom teknik för ljud och film
Margaret Gärding, forskare och aktivist med erfarenheter av apartheid.

Medverkande artister:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Ahlm
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

Fler medverkande presenteras inom kort. OSA Facebook Tävlingsinbjudan.

Med stöd från Stockholms stad.
Kf Maisha är del av Kulturens Bildningsverksamhet.

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DJ’s we’ve loved the last 10 years

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In addition to our 10th Anniversary Shero DJ Candice McKenzie* we’ve blogged about a two other DJ’s over the last 10 years:

Jade Avia – UK

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Jade Avia is a young, beautiful, natural TV and Radio presenter. She currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show 16.00-20.00. Jade also hosts The Chart Show for Emirates in flight entertainment. Jade is very hands on and has recently produced and presented an online TV Show called LipGloss and Candy Floss.

Diva Cruz – Sweden

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Since she is a professional percussionist, Diva Cruz uses percussion while playing record. She has been playing drums since she was little, first in children’s orchestras and later as a percussionist in various salsa bands in Colombia, where she grew up.


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*Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Candice to be a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero for many reasons but mainly for her positive energy that I find completely infectious! I first blogged about Candice in March 2009 when I learned about her Dolly Mixes. She is known for her signature blend of house and Gospel music that makes me want to sing and dance and laugh at the same time. I also chose Candice for her drive, diverse appeal and creativity.

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Picture courtesy Candice McKenzie

Read more about DJ Candice McKenzie and download your anniversary gift.

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BWIE 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe we have our 10 year anniversary in 2016. Sounds cliche but I remember launching the blog as if it were yesterday. But 1,827 posts, 15 awards, and 3 international speaking engagements later it truly does adds up to 10 years of passion.

 

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Logo created by Andy Collins

We have grown from blog to social network, to private groups, with Twitter list and You Tube channel, and as we’ve branched out to more platforms we continue to grow and learn new things always keeping in mind that the Black Women in Europe Blog was created to celebrate the lives of the ordinary and extraordinary black women  living in Europe.

We will celebrate all year with special contributions from sisters across Europe and the brothers that support us.

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

One such brother is Andy Collins who created the Black Women in EuropeBlog logo several years ago and graciously created our anniversary logos. I first met Andy when he called me to ask what I thought about a website about him launching an urban website in Sweden. I was on Sweden’s west coast, he was on the east, easterly at least up in past Stockholm. We talked, we clicked, I encouraged, he laughed, I laughed, we talked some more and I remember thinking, wow: aren’t British dudes cool? But when I hung up the phone I marveled, with a grateful heart,  at the power of the Black Women in Europeblog to make connections. It was my vision come true. I not only wanted to “meet” black women in Europe who were doing amazing things, I wanted to meet other people in my community doing amazing things. And that’s what Andy is doing: amazing things! And he’s incredibly talented in graphic design and he’s a visionary too. He’s putting Soul Music on the map in Scandinavia. Or rather Scandinavian Soul Music on the world map.

Thanks for being a brother who supports black women in Europe, Andy! We love you back.

Here’s more about Andy:

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I moved from London to Sweden in September 2005 with my native girlfriend hoping to lay some foundations for my children, to realise some hopes and dreams for a better life for ourselves too. After the initial disorientation that comes with emigrating I found myself a student again but this time learning about life. Not ordinary life but ‘urban life’, right in here in Sweden. I had to learn how to speak Swedish, read Swedish, shop in Swedish and convince other people that I could be ‘Swedish?’ (Being of Afro- Caribbean descent, that was no mean feat!).

It wasn’t long before I had yearnings for my previous life. There were things I missed from home, my heritage and I began to question ‘would I ever fit in here?’ I feared not least for myself but for children and the same unanswered questions they would face whilst growing up here. 

it was then that the concept and website ‘urbanlife.se – a website for the afro-swedish community’ was born. I turned to the best blog/website I could find for inspiration, which was Adrianne George’s Black Women In Europe (BWIE). It was literally the only website discussing and highlighting life for black people in Sweden!

Thanks to her advice and guidance the platform was born and I happily worked on creative projects with her. Times have changed for me since then. I now promote soul music in Scandinavia, www.scandinaviansoul.com, which also highlights the multi-cultural background that represent modern Scandinavia.

Meanwhile BWIE is still going strong and I’m simply delighted to help celebrate such a wonderful, positive blog driven by such a delightful and hard working woman.

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Meet our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


 

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MS Warrior Lucie B Wins Big at the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 48-year-old MS survivor and entrepreneur Lucie B won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship in Madrid, Spain. Representing both the USA and Sweden, she was awarded 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

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2015 World Jump Rope/ Arnolds Jump Rope Champion

Never Allow Perceived Limitations to Limit Your Potential for Greatness N’ Success. Believe in Yourself and Go For it!

 Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) October 09, 2015

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 48-year-old MS survivor and entrepreneur Lucie B won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship in Madrid, Spain. Representing both the USA and Sweden in the Speed and Power events, which consisted of 30-Second Single Rope Speed Sprints, One-Minute Double Unders and One-Minute Am Front Crosses, she was awarded 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

“I remember looking at my competitors and saying to myself, ‘Why are you here? This is crazy!” says Lucie. “I thought, ‘you are three times older, five times slower, ten times heavier and have MS! What if your legs buckle? What if you fall? Just pull out of the competition now.” Lucie B was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and told she would probably be living the rest of her life from a wheelchair within a year of the diagnosis. However, after eight years, Lucie B is still going strong. “I’m still standing, still jumping, still competing and winning,” she says. “I put into action ‘mind-over-body’ to beat MS at its war with my well-being. Winning in Madrid is proof to all that the impossible is possible!”

In 2004, Lucie walked away from a career in medicine to become a professional jump roper and entrepreneur. “I wanted to create something new, fresh, and exciting that could positively affect the lives of children,” says Lucie. “Hence the creation of the Lucie B Jump ‘N’ Fun Jump Rope Gym for Kids. It is a place where kids are happy and encouraged to be creative and inventive while exercising and learning new jump rope skills; where kids’ self-confidence can blossom and where children are Number One!” Lucie pays special attention to girls in the program, because many have negative body images and would look to her for inspiration and motivation.

“I wanted to be a role model,” she says. “An example of strength, power, and fearlessness. My greatest mission is to help girls love themselves and their bodies. The media, unfortunately, portrays thin as ‘In’ and anything else as ‘Out.’ I wanted to be an example to my students that fitness and strength comes in many different shapes and sizes. I helped many girls embrace themselves as they were. Every girl went home with Lucie B Homework which was to look in the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful, I am strong and I can do anything.’”

In 2013, the Lucie B Jump ‘N’ Fun Gym was part of the after-school programs in Swedish schools such as FuturaSkolan, Carlssons Skola and Campis Manilla. In November 2014, Jump Rope made front page news in Ostermalmsnytt and was featured on Lilla Sportspegeln | SVT. “Team Sweedee Pies is the name of my jump rope team in Stockholm,” says Lucie “and the goal is to transform these dynamite Swedes into jump rope champions like my team in New York City: The Rock-It-Ropers.”

Lucie B says that the ultimate goal is to have Lucie B Jump Rope programs in all public and private schools in New York, Stockholm, and the Caribbean Islands. “I am currently working on a new program to empower girls to be Fit, Fierce, Fabulous and Phenomenal,” states Lucie. “Winning the Championship in Madrid is a testament that being Fit, Fierce, Fabulous and Phenomenal can lead to great success!”

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