Black Sara

A worthy grave of “Black Sara” – 1st black woman in Kalmar, Sweden

Once she was known in Kalmar, Mazhar Makatemele, the first black woman in town, perhaps throughout Småland. She had been captured by slave hunters in South Africa and taken to Sweden. Here she got the name “Black Sara”. “Kafferkvinnan Sara” stands on her tombstone where she is buried at Södra Kyrkogården in Kalmar. Until recently, …

Christine Osazuwa arrived in Stockholm in July 2017

Source: Invest in Stockholm “I knew what most Americans know about Sweden, that it’s very liberal and there are a lot of opportunities,” Christine tells The Local. Following the US election, Christine and her husband packed their bags and figuratively set sail for Stockholm, seeking a city more in line with their political beliefs. For …

Taking care of business – Sweden-Part 9: African Queen

I found this sister on Facebook and LOVE what she is doing in fashion. AND I’m so lucky because she is here in Sweden like me so I will try and meet her and hug her and thank her for bringing African fashion to Sweden and the world via her AfricanQueen.se website. BACKGROUND Ever since …

Jaqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson wins the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Note: While this post is not about a black woman living or working in Europe, Jaqueline Woodson won a prize named for Sweden’s most beloved children’s author. To me that is noteworthy. Jacqueline Woodson wins the world’s largest prize for children’s literature, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award This is awesome! This is HUGE! I’m awake …

She’s Swedish-American: Swedish Model Chanelle Törnqvist Is Your New Hair Crush

Source: Vogue.com Photo: Courtesy of Chanelle Coleman Törnqvist / @chanellemademoiselle With her caramel freckles and cloud of coiled brunette curls, model Chanelle Coleman Törnqvist stands out from the crowd of blonde-and-blue-eyed beauties at Fashion Week Stockholm. And not just because of her soft and sultry look. The 25-year-old Swedish-American is a model, blogger, and assistant fashion buyer …

2017 Power List

Aysha Jones-2017 Powerful Woman

Why we love Aysha Jones 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 …

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© 2017 Black Women in Europe™ Power List from Black Women in Europe View and share on SlideShare and YouTube.

I am from South Africa and I am a Marie Curie Fellow – Yolanda Mthembu

I am from South Africa and I am a Marie Curie Fellow – Yolanda Mthembu

Source: SwedenBIO When I finally moved to Sweden, I realised that there was more to Sweden than the cold weather. Describe your roll at the company, and briefly your background / experience of living and working in other countries. – I am from South Africa and I am a Marie Curie Fellow, currently undertaking a …

LAGOM – The Swedish Secret of Living Well

LAGOM – The Swedish Secret of Living Well

As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living. Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates …

Due North: A Collection of Travel Observations, Reflections, and Snapshots Across Color, Cultures, and Continents

Due North: A Collection of Travel Observations, Reflections, and Snapshots Across Color, Cultures, and Continents

A new travel book by Power Lister Lola A. Åkerström Due North is a collection of travel observations, reflections, and snapshots spanning two decades across colors, cultures, and continents. About Lola: Having lived on three different continents — Africa, North America, and now Europe — for extended periods of time, Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström is drawn to …

Etzia competing to represent Sweden at EuroVision 2017

Etzia competing to represent Sweden at EuroVision 2017

Source: SVT Etzia in Melodifestivalen 2017: Want to help other women On Saturday it’s time for debutant Etzia to take the stage in Malmö Arena with the song “Up”. The song is an energetic and full motion and Etzia want with it spread joy and warmth in February cold. But her participation also means a …

Gisele Mwepu, founder of Okapi Finance, has been awarded Innovation of the Year.

Gisele Mwepu, founder of Okapi Finance, has been awarded Innovation of the Year.

This year’s innovation talent goes to Gisele Mwepu that with a huge drive and a desire to improve people’s lives has created Okapi Finance. Okapi has helped to reduce financial exclusion in poor countries by giving people the ability to conduct fast and secure financial transactions and gain legitimacy with banks and financial institutions. It …

Kendra in the kitchen

Kendra Valentine: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Kendra Valentine, Recipe whisperer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes: I picked Kendra Valentine to be a Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary Shero because of her sheer and complete love of food. Beyond her love of food she’s obsessed with creating unique flavor combinations and inventive spice …

Achenyo Idachaba – Keynote – Running Out Of Raw Materials

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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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 Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes: I picked Lola as a Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th 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 …