Young Motswana Entrepreneur Shines in Sweden


Hat tip to Time Out

TIME OUT caught up with Ayesha Bontle Quraishi, a Botswana born entertainment entrepreneur who now resides in Sweden

Interview By: Thabiso Maretlwaneng on her recent visit to the country of her birth as part of a Swedish Embassy initiative.


Aisha is poster the poster child for ambition. Not content with just being an accomplished hip-hop artist with four albums under her belt, she also has her hand in fashion design, filmmaking, television presenting on Swedish TV1, motivational speaking, lecturing and she runs a fully fledged multimedia production company.

Gazette: Where and when were you born?
Ayesha: I was born in Ramotswa in 1981 and my mother comes from Manyana and my father is an Indian-Swede.

Gazette: How long have you lived in Sweden?
Ayesha: My father moved to Sweden when I was 6 years old, but he traveled a lot around the world. I lived in Tanzania for 4 years, Zimbabwe for 2 years and also in India. I came back to Botswana when I was 18 and worked for the Swedish Friendship Association in Gaborone for a year and went back to Sweden.

Gazette: How did you get into the music industry?
Ayesha: After I finished my Natural Science in A-levels, I decided not to go for university but instead get into the music industry. In 2003, I recorded a controversial demo tape and sold a copy to a well respected club and radio DJ. It got airplay on radio. I went to Universal Music and the CEO liked it but they wanted me do commercial music instead of political issues. I love politics.

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More about Nyamko Sabuni

Nyamko Sabuni
Nyamko Sabuni – Photo: Johan Ödmann

In a tall, blond government, a small black woman like Nyamko Sabuni was always going to stand out.

It is, though, the former refugees outspoken views that have demanded attention in her adopted Sweden, where she wants a ban on the veil for under-15s and compulsory gynaecological checks for all schoolgirls to protect against genital mutilation masquerading as female circumcision.

Her views have led to death threats and round-the-clock protection in Europe’s most tolerant country.

Being appointed Minister for Integration and Equality in the right-wing Government provoked a petition signed by 50 Muslim organisations declaring that she breathed populism and Islamophobia.

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Source: David Charter in Stockholm of the The Times Online

Nyamko Ana Sabuni – First Black Minister in Sweden

Nyamko Sabuni
Nyamko Sabuni – Photo: Johan Ödmann

Nyamko Ana Sabuni (born 31 March 1969) is the Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality. A member of the Liberal People’s Party, Sabuni has been a member of the Riksdag (Parliament) since 2002 and a member of the party board since 2004.

As an opposition politician, Sabuni proposed banning the veil for girls under the age of 15. She proposed that schoolgirls undergo compulsory medical examinations to check for evidence of genital mutilation. She denounced what she called the “honor culture” of some immigrant groups, proposed outlawing arranged marriages and called for an end to state funding of religious schools.


Sources: IHT, Wikipedia