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Mirel Wagner – Powerful Woman

Mirel Wagner

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Mirel Wagner is a 23 year old singer/songwriter, born in Ethiopia and raised in Espoo, Finland. Since age 16 she’s writing gloomy Blues and Folk songs, stripped down to the bone. It’s just about her airy but rough voice and a minimalistic guitar picking. Avoiding theatrical gestures effortlessly her music has a unique intensity and emotional weight.

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Dr. Yvonne Thompson – Powerful Woman

Dr. Yvonne Thompson

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A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams. Since starting her own PR company 27 years ago Ms Thompson has acquired and exceptional range of transferable skills that can compliment high performing companies and organisations.

Originally from Guyana, South America, Ms Thompson has always shown an entrepreneurial flair. Not taking the usual channel to the small business arena, she evolved from freelance writing for many music industry papers including Music Week the industry bible, and IPC weekly and monthly titles. She also has been involved in many successful firsts in the UK including, being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine – Root, and also being a founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM. Other firsts include, starting the first Black Owned PR company (according to PR Week),running the first in depth research of the lifestyle of the Black community across the UK – The Black Consumer Survey and starting the UK’s first Black Women Business Network – The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners.

Often called upon for media interviews, on issues concerning small business, women and minorities; Ms Thompson is no stranger to engaging with Prime Ministers, Ministers, and high profile personalities in the business arena. Having made her mark in the UK she was awarded a CBE(Commander Of The British Empire) in the Queens Birthday Honour List in 2003 for her services to women, small business and minorities. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by London Metropolitan University for services to small business, and mass communications. Ms Thompson has been hailed as a role model in the Black community and for women in general wanting to start their own business.

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Mariam Osman Sherifay – Powerful Woman

Mariam Osman Sherifay

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Sherifay was a member of the Swedish parliament between 2002–2003, as a replacement for the Council of State, Björn von Sydow. She was a member of the Housing commitee (Bostadsutskottet) and Committee on Foreign Affairs and the European Union Committee among several other appointments.

In 2009 she was awarded the Swedish Martin Luther King prize, an award founded by Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Swedish Baptist church for her fight against racism and her written call I refuse to be a victim.

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Loreen – Powerful Woman

Loreen

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Loreen’s performance in the Swedish selection to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was in several aspects dreamlike. Her vocals and stage performance had a celestial quality that made commentators use words like ”otherworldly” after her experiencing contribution ”Euphoria”.

It came as no big surprise when she won the competition and made so with some distance. Loreen first took the votes from the specially invited international expert jury. Before winning the votes from the television viewers with record figures. More than 670 000 of the four million viewers – close to half the population – called in to vote for Loreen, twice the support of last years winner.

Afterwards Loreen was simply overwhelmed. ”A fantastic feeling, I almost started sobbing” she admitted to the television cameras.

“Two months of preparation can do miracles!” Loreen will bring “Euphoria” to Baku, Azerbaijan, where the 2012 Swedish entry will participate in the second of two semi finals for the ESC on May 24.

This attitude tells a lot about Loreen. Raised on the countryside outside Stockholm, in a family of Moroccan-Berber origin, she has a very detailed attitude to her music. She’s for example frustrated of the fact that she’s often tagged as an R&B artist.

”The music I get inspiration from is music that gets you into kind of a trance. Both musically and vocal vice. Artists like Björk, some of Enya’s music, and especially Lisa Gerrard.”

It’s fitting that Loreen learned to play the piano by imitating the very minimalistic Michael Nyman score to the 90′s film ”The Piano”. Loreen continues: ”I want to make music that really connects to my soul. I think that’s when my music affects the most.”

She describes herself: ”Somewhat a loner, a seeker that steers away from the information overload of today. I have no tv set. I have a laptop but I only use it for e-mails and music programs.”

Her general aim? ”To unite people in the thought that there is much more to life than the materialistic aspects. I know that it may sound hippieish and overblown. But is that really a reason to give up on this ambition? I’m certain the answer to that is no!”

Loreen’s third single release “Euphoria” has already spent some two weeks topping the Swedish single and airplay charts with sales quickly surpassing Platinum status. Neighbouring Norway and Finland were quick to discover this uplifting future anthem and are currently also reporting no 1 positions. The highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for a September release. “Euphoria” is written by Peter Boström and Thomas G:son and produced by Peter Boström and SeventyEight. EUPHORIA won “Song of the year” at the yearly Swedish awards SMFF.

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Pauline Long – Powerful Woman

Pauline Long

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Pauline Long is a Kenyan born entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer and presenter. She is the founder of Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA).

The award ceremony celebrates and promotes the achievements of a very talented and hard-working community often over looked. As a mother and wife she developed a huge passion for giving back which led her to founding Mr. and Miss East Africa UK, these pageants encourage entrepreneurship amongst East Africans in UK but most importantly they work closely with East African children’s charities.

Through the pageants she started the shout campaign, a campaign aimed at eventually taking children off the streets. At the moment the campaign feeds street children monthly. Pauline also runs their family business East End Studios, which is one of London’s biggest independently owned film and TV studio based in East London and next door to Olympics village.

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