2017 Power List

Joy Mbatha-2017 Powerful Woman

Why we love Joy Mbatha

Joy Mbatha

Joy Nirak Fikile M’Batha, best known by her artist name Joy was born in Malmö. She is a Swedish rapper and artist, raised in Stehag and Malmö and now living in Stockholm.

Joy got her big break in the autumn of 2014 with Where your wind comes and later the single Cat Life, produced by Mats Norman from Mash Up International.  Joy appeared on Linda Piras Knap’s My Fingers, including Rosh, Cleo, and others. M’Batha also participated in Timbuktu’s remix album For Life To Death – Remixes on the track Jump along with Lilla Namo, Dida, JaQe and Promoe.

Together with Frej Larsson, she has made the song “My team” the official Swedish song at the European Championships in football in 2016.

She toured in the Nordic region in the summer of 2015 together with the music group Maskinen. The Machine and M’Batha met in 2014 in the First Season of the Web TV Series Next Level, where new rappers pair with more established artists and producers. They performed at the Bråvalla Festival and the Malmö Festival.

In 2016 she was nominated for Newcomer of the Year in P3 Gold. In 2017, she traveled around Bohuslän as one of the main characters in SVT’s Ebbot’s Ark together with Ebbot Lundberg, Annika Norlin, and Lasse Holm.

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
Hashtags: #LifeOfAFashionistaa #IamAyshaJones #AyshaStyledIt #AyshaJonesGiveaway #EatLikeAysha #AyshaTravels #AyshasWorkouts

1. Coaching & workshops
– Sponsorships
– Social media
– Makeup
– Model coaching
2. Styling
– Fashion
– Makeup
– Hair
– Spraytan
3. Modeling
4. Brand ambassadorship

5. PR & event management

– Content marketing

-PR consulting

-Event management

-Project management

Target groups
1. Event planners & organizations
2. Makeup artists
3. Models
4. Individuals with keen interest in fashion or beauty and social networking
5. Fashion & beauty brands
6. Media companies (magazines, radio, tv)

1. Social media
– Instagram www.instagram.com/iamayshajones
– Facebook www.facebook.com/iamayshajones 
2. Blog www.ayshajones.com
3. YouTube

4. Others
– Africa fashion & beauty TV 
– LeNoir agency

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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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.

Yolanda Mthembu
Yolanda Mthembu, PhD Candidate University of Gothenburg (Sahlgrenska Academy)

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 PhD at the Biomedicine Institute at Gothenburg University in Sweden after having been awarded an Initial Training Network (ITN) grant. My previous education include a BSc Honours (Medicine) Biochemistry, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town as well as a Bachelor Degree and National Diploma in Biomedical Technology from Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town.

What expectations did you have before moving to Sweden?

– I first visited Sweden in 2011 for a research collaboration project. Prior to the trip to Sweden, I had a brief understanding of the Swedish culture. My first impression was that everything was expensive; the weather was very cold, wet and dark. The language was too hard to understand, and funny too.

– I never imagined that I would stay in Sweden, although the prospect of me pursuing a PhD in Sweden or any other country, besides my own, would have been a positive move for my career. People seemed cold, kept to themselves and did not speak to each other, at least in my observation.

Read the full interview on SwedenBIO.

Fransesca Quartey – Actress and Director

Fransesca Quartey


Fransesca Quartey was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1964, the daughter of a Swedish mother and a Ghanian father. In 1986 she was accepted to The National College of Acting in Gothenburg in Sweden from which she graduated, with a B.F.A., in 1989.

Between 1990 – 1993 Fransesca was a member of the prestigious Unga Klara Company, under the internationally acclaimed theater director Suzanne Osten. She later went to work at The Royal Dramatic Theater where she stayed for two years. Performing first in Strindberg’s “The Ghost Sonata” with the renowned Polish film and theater director Andrej Wajda and later in another Strindberg play ” A Dream play, in the lead role as Indra’s daughter, with Canada’s most celebrated director, Robert Le Page.

In 1995 she initiated a musical show “Hot’n Tot”. Performances included special appearances before the Swedish Prime minister as well as His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia. During 1995 to 1997 she was in a film, numerous television shows and also had two shows of her own, had a successful one-woman show, before leaving for Los Angeles where she attended an extension program at UCLA.

She returned to Sweden to work at Helsingborg’s City Theater where she also made her directorial theater debut in 2001. Since then she has directed a number of plays in Sweden and abroad. Fransesca Quartey was also selected to take part in an exclusive leadership program for women that the organization for Swedish Performing Arts and the Swedish Union for Theater, Artists, and Media arranged together with the intention to increase the number of female head of theaters. In 2010 she directed a large Swedish-Ghanian production at Ghana National Theater in Accra, Ghana. The play, African Cinderella, by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, was a huge success. After touring Ghana the play later went on tour in Nigeria and Sweden.

Fransesca Quartey resides in Stockholm, Sweden where she continues to direct and act.

– IMDb Mini Biography By Ellen Andréasson

NANDI FLAME in Stockholm

Presented by Maisha Cultural Association



Welcome to an evening inspired by Wangari Maathai, environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement, also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. If the trees – Nandi Flames could speak, then they would sing about Wangari Maathai and tell you this evening about the global climate and the situation in Africa. A performance of dance, music, and ghosts will be to and fro about the climate.

Extreme weather and natural disasters around the world make us unable to shut up for climate change. But much can be prevented and prevented.

Come and listen to Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador who tells you about their amazing work in East Africa. On stage, dancers meet and have a dance show! The Troubadour Tauna Niingungo plays on several instruments, including a rainstorm. Jessica Karlén about doing stand-up in South Africa and much more. From 15 years



Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador

Tauna Niingungo Trubadur

Jessica Karlén artist, writer, and comedian

Darun poet

Charlotte Rieback & Diasmany Dance (Afro-Cuban)

Matilda Peltonen solo no

Kulturama dance show

The program is supported by the City of Stockholm. Maisha Cultural Association is part of Kulturens Bildningsförbund.

Photo: Goldman Environment Prize
Length: 2 hours incl. Break
Price: 120 kr, 100 kr student / retired
Date: 23 Sep, 19:00, Teater Pero