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, …

Our List of Winners in the 2018 European Athletics Championships

        European Champion. Still missing the words…. #happyness #thankful #victory #luckyme #fly A post shared by Malaika Mihambo (@mali.mihambo) on Aug 11, 2018 at 2:54pm PDT   🥉 After one of the most memorable long jump competitions in living memory, @SharaProctor emerged from the Olympiastadion in Berlin with a bronze medal to …

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.

Lola

Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s bird’s-eye view of Stockholm

An urbanist’s guide to Stockholm: ‘Find your own secret space and own it’ My name is Lola Akinmade Åkerström. I was born in Nigeria, studied and worked in the United States, and moved to Stockholm for love many moons ago after giving up my life as a system architect working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). …

Powerful Woman – Alice Bah Kuhnke

Powerful Woman – Alice Bah Kuhnke

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – A List of Our Own© Alice Bah Kuhnke Alice Bah Kuhnke is the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy since October 2014, a former television presenter, Board Professional and one of the founders of the think tank Sektor3. On October 3 she was elected to Minister of …

Alice Bah Kuhnkes is Sweden’s new Minister for Culture and Democracy

Alice Bah Kuhnkes is Sweden’s new Minister for Culture and Democracy

Many people were disappointed with the election results in Sweden. Seems there may not be many if any mandates over the next four years. However, in my opinion, one bit of good news is the appointment of Alice Bah Kuhnkes as Minister for Culture and Democracy. She became only the second black minister in the …

Lessons learned: From my mother and while living in Sweden

Lessons learned: From my mother and while living in Sweden

In the 9th article in our Inside View series Faith set out to travel the world while making a difference in people’s lives. While in Sweden she got a phone call that changed her life forever. At about 10:00pm on August 28, 2007, I arrived at Stockholm Arlanda airport. I remember the day so vividly …

Kendra Williams-Valentine – How I Learned to Enjoy Strawberries

Kendra Williams-Valentine – How I Learned to Enjoy Strawberries

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our fifth article, Kendra Williams-Valentine learned to love strawberries.  It was my first real summer in Sweden. I accompanied my boyfriend to a cookout (I refrain from using the word BBQ) hosted by a friend. After a …

Who would have thought a die-hard NYC chick would fall hard for a Swede and the Country.

Who would have thought a die-hard NYC chick would fall hard for a Swede and the Country.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our third article, Lucie Buissereth shares how much the Swedish countryside means to her.  Yup, it happened to me and forever changed my life! After 8 grueling months of coaching, training and competing, I needed a “Time OUT”- …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

On the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen, I decided to participate. It is the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. I signed up in the walking category so we were the last two groups to start the race. This was the category for women with baby strollers, walking sticks, and newbies like me. I …

Sweden is like living in Russia.

Sweden is like living in Russia.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our first article, Cecilia Gärding explains why she is dedicated to fighting against racism in Sweden.  I come home from my vacation in the north of Sweden and go back to work as the project-director for ”The …

The Maisha Pioneer: Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Clementine Akuyo Brown

The Maisha Pioneer: Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Clementine Akuyo Brown

She has proudly represented the African culture in Sweden since 1977. Together with her fellow countryman the passionate Bedu Annan, she became one of the first teachers of African dance in Sweden. With this year’s [Maisha] theme in mind; a tribute to strong African mothers, and for a lifetime achievement with an inspiring approach, we …

The Maisha Award for Newcomer of The Year goes to actress, director and producer, Josette Bushell-Mingo

The Maisha Award for Newcomer of The Year goes to actress, director and producer, Josette Bushell-Mingo

She is an Officer of the Order Of The British Empire (OBE) for her Contribution to the Arts. She is the artistic director of both the National Swedish Theatre for the Deaf and TRYKK,who work for the promotion and development of Black Theatre and black art events. She is a recipient of numerous awards and …

2012 Maisha Award for Artist of the Year goes to Mary N’diaye

2012 Maisha Award for Artist of the Year goes to Mary N’diaye

The phrase “Lead by example” comes to mind when one thinks of this Sene-gambian woman. She is the founder of Rock Africk which is an initiative with the objective of spotlighting and celebrating noteworthy African achievement, as well as an outreach to African youth in Africa. She is a 2012 Semi-finalist in TV4’s The Voice, …

2012 Maisha Entrepreneur of the Year is Adrianne George Lind

2012 Maisha Entrepreneur of the Year is Adrianne George Lind

She is the co- founder of the Women of the African Diaspora website and co-editor of BlackExpat.com She is also the founder of JobsInStockholm.com (and JobsinGothenburg.com), and has created a platform to celebrate women of the African diaspora living in Europe with her multiple award winning Black Women In Europe blog. She is enriching both ethnic and …

From Howard University to post-graduate research in Sweden – Faith’s story

From Howard University to post-graduate research in Sweden – Faith’s story

Editor’s note: Faith earned a bachelor and master’s degree at Howard University. If you would like to financial support her research project visit her donation page. Hej hej Family and Friends, It is hard to believe that I have been in Sweden for six months. It seems like yesterday that I made the decision to …