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Nomzamo: A Tribute to Winnie Nomzamo Madizikela Mandela

Nomzamo: A Tribute to Winnie Nomzamo Madizikela Mandela

The first time I saw Winnie Nomzamo Madizikela-Mandela in person was at the 1995 UN Women’s conference in Beijing, China. She attended the NGO Forum in Huairou, and even though there were scores of sessions running simultaneously with event organisers competing for the attention of thousands of delegates, it was no surprise that the sessions […]

Tribute: Joana Harriram Foster

Tribute: Joana Harriram Foster

I am heartbroken and devastated. And this does not begin to capture how I am feeling now. Yesterday, I lost a mother figure, a dear friend and a feminist big sister, Joana Foster. I barely got any sleep all night. I tossed and turned, thinking about Auntie Joana and the years we spent together. Even […]

Malawi: Tribute to Mary Nangwale – Malawi’s First Woman Police Chief

Malawi: Tribute to Mary Nangwale – Malawi’s First Woman Police Chief

While death is a sad blow, the traits we draw in life are worth knitting a standing celebratory story. Yes, a chronicle of motivation, inspiration, reflection and meditation as the circus cycle of life keeps rolling. Mary Nangwale, the former Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, was a woman and a half. Her life, […]

Uzbekistan Prepares To Bury Veteran Leader Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan Prepares To Bury Veteran Leader Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan has started three days of mourning as it buries its president, Islam Karimov, who spent 27 years in power. Thousands of Uzbeks lined up along Tashkent’s main thoroughfare at dawn on Saturday as Karimov’s funeral cortege made its way through the city. Karimov, who died on Friday at the age of 78 after suffering […]

Muhammad Ali: The 20 Best Moments That Made Him The Greatest

Muhammad Ali: The 20 Best Moments That Made Him The Greatest

1) Takes up boxing after his bike is stolen (1954) If it wasn’t for the lure of free food, Muhammad Ali may never have boxed. As the 12-year-old Cassius Clay he pedalled on his red and white Schwinn bike to the Louisville Home Show, an exhibition for black businesses, for the free popcorn, hot dogs […]

The Bisi Troika: A tribute to Mrs Olabisi Olateru- Olagbegi (1952-2015)

The Bisi Troika:  A tribute to Mrs Olabisi Olateru- Olagbegi (1952-2015)

I first met Mrs Olabisi Olateru-Olagbegi (who I will hereafter refer to as Auntie Bisi) in the early 1990s. When I first met her, I was working for Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London, with programs across Africa. From 1992-1995, there were several key UN Conferences […]

Olori Bisi Olateru–Olagbegi (1953-2015) – The end of era and the beginning of a legacy.

Olori Bisi Olateru–Olagbegi (1953-2015) – The end of era and the beginning of a legacy.

Our sister Olori Bisi Olateru – Olagbegi; Lawyer, activist, women’s rights campaigner, mother, mentor, friend, entrepreneur and Executive Director Women Consortium Nigeria (WOCON) has left us. I know that as we get on in years, we get to that point where it is either we are holding memorials for others or it is being held […]