It is that time of the year when several publications are issuing their end of year lists. As curator of Africa On The Blog, I agonised over whether it was worth putting another list out there and what it should would be about.
Having scanned a few lists, it occurred to me that none of the lists covered something close to my heart; the role of African Diaspora in the continent’s development and as ambassadors of the continent.
What follows is a list of those African men and women in the Diaspora that give their time and money for the development of Africa, African communities in the Diaspora as well as those that reclaim Africa’s narrative for Africans. Some on the list will be familiar to you due to the fact they have international visibility and some not so.
Each section has a short introduction as to why someone is listed under that category. I would urge you to connect with these folks and get to know them, but above all support their work.
If you think I have left out someone that should have been on this list, please let me know by leaving a comment in the comments box below.
Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year
Broadcasters, Journalists and Bloggers
In a recent post I asked the question whether we as Africans have the ability to influence, challenge and even control the narrative about the continent if we are not in possession of the facts. The women and men in this section do not let that put them off. Through the various mediums available to them, they present a side of Africa that we as African’s know and love and in so doing, they challenge stereotypes about Africa.
Founder of Cultural Integration Agency and Integration TV – aim: Inspiring and connecting Somalis in Canada
Founder African Television – aim: to promote Africa and a positive narrative about Africa
|Founder of Somali Kitchen, a blog dedicated to mainstreaming Somali and East African food|
|Founder of Ariatu Public Relations and Who Is for Dinner blog|
|Publisher and Editor of ReConnect Africa ) an online magazine and website providing essential information on careers and business for African professionals in the Diaspora.|
|Founder and curator TEDx Euston– aim: Spread inspiring ideas about Africa|
|Founder Dream Corner – aim: show case ordinary women doing extraordinary things|
|Founder and CEO of BEN Television, The first Black-oriented television channel in the United Kingdom and Europe. BEN television, covers diverse programmes to do with Africa, Caribbean’s and Ethnic people, especially Nigerians in Europe.|
|Kathleen is a cultural curator and is best known for her work on the role of Africans in World War 1|
|Editor of AfriPOP a magazine that brings the latest African music, film and culture news to the diaspora’s masses.|
|Broadcaster and Founder of Colourful Radio a commercial radio located in London|
|An award-winning journalist, Belinda is the assistant editor of the New African Woman magazine and the literary critic for the New African.|
|Writer and Founder of MsAfropolitan a multiple award-winning blog covering contemporary Africa and Diaspora society and culture from a feminist perspective.|
Influencers and Community Organisers
These men and women make a difference either by lobbying Western governments to consider how their policies might impact the African continent, lobby home governments on behalf of the Diaspora and in some cases they are the “to go to” people when Africans in the Diaspora are faced with problems. Some ensure that, African Diaspora remain connected to the continent and mobilise diaspora resources for the continents’ development.
|Founder Southern African Community USA – aim: uniting Southern African communities in the USA and increasing the visibility of Southern African communities.|
|Blogger and Co-Founder Southern African Community USA – aim: uniting Southern African communities in the USA and increasing the visibility of Southern African communities.|
|Executive Director Oxfam International and campaigner for women’s rights|
|Founder of Daughters of Eve – aim: protect and empower women and girls in the fight against FGM|
|Founder AHA Foundation – aim: defend and protect Women’s rights|
|Chief Executive Officer at African Women’s Foundation, Trustee at Comic Relief and women’s rights advocate|
|Co-founder of the African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) – the first Africa-wide grant-making fund|
|Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and founder of E & H LAB a communication consulting firm specialising in corporate social responsibility (CSR)|
|Founder of the PRECIOUS Awards -founded to celebrate the achievements of inspirational entrepreneurial women of colour who are running businesses in the UK|
|Founder of the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards that celebrate the achievements and contributions of Ghanians in Britain|
|Secretary General at Cameroon Forum a platform for Cameroonians in Europe. Ralph engages African diaspora around the issue malaria|
|Chairman and Founder of the Ugandan Convention UK, a Uganda Diaspora Investment Expo and the largest Ugandan and East African event in Europe that is designed to promote Uganda and East Africa at large as a favorite investment destination in Africa|
|Founder of African Fashion Week London which show cases the very best of African fashion and design and the Association of African Designers in the Diaspora that supports upcoming African designers in UK|
|Chair at the African Foundation For Development (AFFORD) and organisation that enhances and expands the contribution of the Diaspora to Africa’s development through Diaspora Engagement|
Founder and executive director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) an organization whose mission is to develop and support the next generation of African diaspora women focused on African affairs.
|Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaigner|
Apart from sending money back to their home countries, these men and women are engaged in developmental programmes that they have founded to alleviate poverty and regenerate communities in their home countries.
African Diaspora are an important source of revenue and direct investment for their countries of origin. Indeed some statistics indicate that the Diaspora remittances far outweigh Official Development Aid (ODA) from donor countries. These men and women therefore do an important job and we should celebrate them.
|Founder of Beauty of Rwanda– Aim- to empower women of Rwanda through crafts|
Founder and CEO of Africans in the Diaspora – Aim- Build African philanthropy to ensure that Africans on the continent and in the diaspora play a leading role in Africa’s progress by connecting their skills, resources, and ideas through our Funds, Voices, and Connections programs.
Founder and Trustee Entraide Mutual – aim: support asylum seekers in the UK and empower communities in Africa in particular DR Congo
Founder of Lunchboxgift aim: to provide hot food for patients and staff in Ebola treatment centres
|Founder and owner of Dark Sugars aim: to provide a market for Ghana’s cocoa growers|
|Founder and CEO of The Akabusi Charity Trust working both in Nigeria and the UK- Aim- to give young women in Nigeria the opportunity to build their own sustainable fashion business|
Founder of Hiinga – aim- to provide micro finance to farmers in East Africa as well as enabling them to access markets for their produce
|Founder of The Art of Solomon W. Jagwe and Galiwango -Aim- using art and animation to educate children and adults in Uganda about environmental protection, conservation and cultural preservation|
|Founder of Sub-Saharan Children’s Hope Trust aim- to provide educational scholarships to less privileged children in Sub-Saharan Africa|
|Founder of Girl Child Network – Aim- to educate and empower African girls|
|Founder and CEO of Suubi Medical Clinic– Aim- to provide medical care to rural communities in Uganda|
|Founder of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project – Aim- to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare. His holistic approach to community development is something that bridges Africa to the western world.|
|Founder and CEO of Saharan Communities Abroad – Aim- to provide market access for smallholder farmers|
|Founder of Organization for Research and Community Development- Aim- to contribute to the development of Zimbabwe as an integral part of the international community|
|Founder and CEO of Face Africa- Aim- to bring clean and safe drinking water to some of the most remote parts of sub-Saharan Africa|
|Founder and Chief Executive of Diaspora for African Development (DfAD) – Aim- to contribute to Africa’s sustainable social and economic development through harnessing the potential of the African Diaspora for development.|
Founder of KAANA – Aim- to support Karamajong children currently roaming the streets of Kampala by enabling them to return to their home district or access education
|Founder of Shea Butter Cottage– Aim- to provide market access for small scale farmers in Ghana and growers of the Shea butter nut|
|Founder of Uganda Medicinal Plants Growers – Aim- assist farmers in Masindi NW Uganda to commercialise their medicinal plants|
|Founder of Glowing Future – Aim- Educate African women about domestic violence|
|Founder and CEO AppsTech – Aim- actively mentor young technology entrepreneurs the world over, helping them translate their ideas into businesses.|
|Founders of Styled By Africa aim: promote sustainable trade through contemporary African fashion|
|Founder BeingU aim: to provide gorgeous underwear in nude shades for dark skin tone|