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Minna Salami

London, UK

Named as one of '12 Women Changing The World' by ELLE Magazine

Author of 'Sensuous Knowledge', to be released in 2019

Prominent journalist & media commentator

Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer and social critic. She is the founder of the pan-African feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism with contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. She is the author of Sensuous Knowledge (Zed/Harper Collins US), forthcoming in 2019.

Minna is listed alongside Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama as one of ’12 Women Changing The World’ by ELLE Magazine and alongside JK Rowling and Emma Watson as one of thirteen feminists to follow by Mashable Inc. She is a contributor to Guardian Opinion and a columnist for the Guardian Nigeria. She has also contributed to The Observer, The Royal Society of the Arts Journal, The Independent, Al Jazeera and New Internationalist. She sits on the Editorial Board of The Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Sahel, a judge for the One World Media Awards and is a nominator for The Prince Claus Foundation and The Princess of Asturias Foundation. In 2016, Minna joined Friends of the Earth to work as a lead author on the BIG IDEAS project, which identified 30 big ideas to change the world.

As an international keynote speaker, Minna Salami has presented hundreds of talks at some of the world’s most prominent institutions including TEDx, The European Parliament, Yale University, The Oxford Union, UN Women and The Singularity University at NASA. She has spoken at events in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Jamaica, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Gambia, The Netherlands, The UAE, The UK, and The USA. In addition, Minna has consulted governments on gender equality presenting the Government of Bermuda with a series of talks and consultations. She has curated events at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London and her media commentary includes The BBC, SKY, Al Jazeera and Channel 4.

With an MA in Gender Studies (Distinction) from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Political Science from The University of Lund, Sweden, as well as an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from The Hong Kong Baptist University, Minna is perfectly suited to bridge the gap between feminism and universal concepts with an Africa-centred lens enabling those who encounter her work to discover an exciting feminist perspective.

Minna Salami has lived in Nigeria, Sweden, Spain and New York and now lives in London, from where she is passionately committed to promoting feminist empowerment.

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