Our team members are passionate about Africa and her women. Learn a little more about us…

1. Kye Makyeli is a voluptuous Ugandan belle passionate about all works of hand ; music, poetry and art. Amateur deejay with a high affinity for reggae music. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter: @TheRealLumpen

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2. Ivy Salijeni is a Malawian born chartered Psychologist, currently studying for a clinical psychology doctorate programme in Cardiff. Ivy is also the author of ‘Love Me Right’ book, which is currently being sold in 56 countries across the world with well known book sellers like WHSmith, Waterstone, ABC and many more. (United Kingdom) Follow on Twitter: @IvySalijeni

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3. Ariane Kamdoum is a God-loving and postgraduate student in international development linving in Quebec. Her passion is mainly related to social justice issues; gender equality and education are among her main areas of interest. Ariane’s go to hobbies are reading and getting lost in her thoughts by writing, couple that with a glass of good wine. (Canada) Follow on Twitter: @ArianeKamdoum

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4. Maria Dombaxi is a 20 year old Angolan studying LEA (Langues Etrangeres Appliquées) languages in Montpellier France and her Major is in journalism. (France) Follow on Twitter: @BlackPrideness

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5. Tayo Sogbanmu was born in Nigeria with footprints in the UK. She is an aspiring entrepreneur, philanthropist and miniature activist who believes strongly in Africa and the potential of the African woman. Tayo is a lover of the arts, music, poetry, travel and a woman who has made the choice to learn, grow, share and cherish. “Each day I live is a step in the right direction.” Tayo is also the General Manager of the blogzine. (United Kingdom) Follow on Twitter: @TayoSogba

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6. Racheal Kizza is a budding entrepreneur with a passion for youth work and fashion. She is a full time project officer at Kyusa, a nonprofit organization that empowers out of school youth in urban slums to become employable. She is a youth leader in different forums, blogger, mentor, public speaker, writer, facilitator and trainer. Racheal is one of the founding directors for Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (CWEN), a platform that brings together Christian women in business to connect, create and collaborate. She serves as the Executive Board Secretary for CWEN. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter: @rachealkay29

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7. Nellie Umutesi is Rwandese by nationality and Burundian by birth, now living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a mother, avid reader, tree-hugger, blogger and lover of life! Nellie is also the Editor of this blogzine. (United States) Follow on Twitter:  @UmutesiNellie

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8. Reem Gaafar is an Emergency Medicine physician, now moved into the speciality of Public Health (completing an MPH from Liverpool University). She grew up in New Zealand and Oman and moved back to Sudan in April 2012 to work in the civil service. Reem is into blogging, writing (fiction), photography, filming (working on her 1st documentary), graphic designing and makeup. She’s also a devoted Muslim and wears Hijab. (Sudan) Follow on Twitter: @GaafarReem

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9. Elma Asio is a young vibrant lady living in Kampala; passionate about life, love and cake. Elma loves working with numbers but with a greater affinity for written word. She’s hopeful about life’s journey of discovery and would love nothing more than to share her stories in the hope that she will raise as many spirits as possible. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter; @elmacuppycake

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10. Diana Awino is a Ugandan lady who wears a brilliant trade mark smile at all times. Currently she’s working as a Bio-statistician in one of the rural districts in Northern Uganda. Due to the continuous morale killing data quality challenges associated with her job, she has reawaken her childhood fantasy of relaxing with beautiful words put together or creating them! She believes it’s a free world where all have an entitlement to co-existence, so that’s reason enough to celebrate life. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter: @Awino2Diana

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11. Femi Adedoyin is a world-traveling, patriarchy-challenging, legalese-speaking Nigerian-American looking to find her place in the African publishing market. She is interested in laws and policies that promote real trade and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Femi is also an Editor of this blogzine. (United States) Follow on Twitter: @Bankeezy

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12. Zerida Mponye is an educator who owns and runs a small home-based Montessori pre-school in Kampala. Swears by Maria Montessori and her theories, crazy about wine and good food and loves to write. Zerida thinks words and wine are food for the soul and is ‘m obsessed with love and passion. She claims that passionate people give her life. (Seychelles) Follow on Twitter: @Confuzdconfuser

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13. Mako Muzenda is a Zimbabwean Journalism and French student, who when is not busy with university, navigates the world of blogging, whilst dabbling with some photography on the side. Mako is a creative person who doesn’t like to be labelled as a ‘creative’, has a special love for elephants, a strong relationship with green mint tea, and one day hopes to publish a science fiction novel set in Zimbabwe. (South Africa) Follow on Twitter: @MGMuzenda

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14. Eleanor Mirembe is a 20 something year old Ugandan who expresses herself through fashion, her love for photography and writing. Apart from her obsessive travel tendencies, her creative outlet is her blog aboutseptember.com which talks all things life, fashion and beauty. (Tanzania) Follow on Twitter: @about_september

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15. Aline Tou is from Burkina Faso but was born in Central Africa. Her heart and soul are international as she grew up between France and Bur, now living in Canada to purse her studies in Politics while teaching public management. In her house, there will be a big library with various genres of books, an mp3 filled with songs from the world, a spacious and fully equipped kitchen, a painting studio, a home theater broadcasting original African movies that have been viewed during international festivals like FESPACO and a quiet space that she will use to pray and reenergize herself. (Canada)

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16. Mahbuba Matovu is a life loving Ugandan who juggles her time between running her lifestyle blog, pursuing her Pharmacy Doctorate and snooping around the internet for the latest trends. Buba Fabulous, as she calls herself has an immense love for fashion, make-up, photography and Do-It-Yourself projects. She is the creator of FabsCulture.com. (United States) Follow on Twitter: @FabsCulture

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17. Salha Kaitesi is a British-Rwandese mother, sister, friend and founder of Beauty of Rwanda, a not-for-profit organisations that works to economically empower women and girls in Rwanda. Salha is passionate about ending poverty, development, female empowerment, justice and gender equality. Salha is also the owner and Executive-Editor of this blogzine. (United Kingdom) Follow on Twitter: @SalhaKaitesi

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18. Edwige Affaa is an international development professional born in Cameroon and now based in Ottawa. Her main areas of interest are Africa, women’s rights, and community development. A wanna-be creative with somewhat great organizational skills, she is passionate about God/Love, arts, business creation, and gastronomy. What annoys her: boring routines, injustice, and narrow/closed minds. Her suitcase always ready for the next adventure, it is with great enthusiasm that she jumps on every opportunity that brings her closer to the Motherland. (Canada) Follow on Twitter: @eSuzon

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19. Amandla Karungi is a lawyer by profession, currently working at a law firm in Uganda. Amandla categorises herself as an introvert who enjoys reading novels and writings from different authors. She is a very big fan of Charlotte Bronte’s captivating book, Jane Eyre. Amandla talks and expresses herself best on paper. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter: @purplepretoria

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20. Felly Oyuga Owiro, a mother of 3 girls and 1 boy is from Nairobi, Kenya. She is a storyteller, Creator and Writer of Adua Chronicles (www.adua.co.ke), Entrepreneur, Content creator, and a passionate advocate of children’s rights. Felly is a lover of wine and books. (Kenya) Follow on Twitter: @nyarowiro

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21. Josephine Amoako is a graduate of the University of Ghana, a writer and blogger who is innately inspired to share her talent with the world and inspiring the world with her encouraging pieces. Josephine aspires to be a screenwriter in future. (Ghana) Follow on Twitter: @Joseyphina

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22. Ifedayo Ward is a political philosopher by training, who is gratified by creating engaging content. She is passionate about the education of the girl-child, gender equality and mental health. (Nigeria) Follow on Twitter: @_missward

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23. Noeline Kirabo is the founder and executive director of Kyusa, an organisation that empowers out of school youth in urban slums to develop passion driven sustainable careers. Novelise is the Co-founder of Newen Consults, a business and project consulting firm, chair person of Christian Women Entrepreneurs network (CWEN) in Uganda and the director of New Generation mentoring program which empowers young women to thrive and influence in the market place. A writer, author, coach, mentor and passion driven social entrepreneur. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter: @NoelineKirabo

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24. Anna N. Kakuba is a Ugandan tax consultant who writes about life as a millennial in Uganda, food and travel, in high hopes of inspiring someone out there to live fully. When there’s a lesson she feel needs sharing, she drops a post on her blog and this gives her great joy to know someone out there relates and finds it helpful. Anna is an outdoor person whom you will probably find at a a coffee house or walking around. She loves swimming, table tennis and pool. Also loves pets, but from a distance. Anna thinks she can be very hilarious sometimes and is looking forward to being a great asset for the continent with focus on women empowerment, fiscal policy, children related issues and personal finance. (Uganda)

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25.  Iris Ntore est une Burundaise qui a vécu au Burundi, au Rwanda, en R.D.Congo, en France et qui vit actuellement au Canada mais son cœur reste au Burundi. Elle débute dans le monde de la blogosphère et aime déjà ça. Elle partage sa vie entre sa famille et ses études en sociologie. Elle contribuera à compter de cet été à l’émission Les Simones (CKIA FM). Quand elle n’est pas entrain de s’occuper de ses enfants (et de son mari), elle voit le monde sous une lentille de photographe. (Canada) Twitter : @Inyzz

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26. Ayandola Ayanleke is an African lover of God who loves to watch movies, read and write. Ayandola is also a young woman seeking to make an impact with her pen. (Nigeria) Follow on Twitter: @AyandolaA

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27. Eunice Aber is an Electrical Engineering student who is ready to enter into the world and leave her mark. “I come from a family of five and I am the first born, so I probably love to “talk-to” people. I find myself always trying to shape my siblings with words of advice, encouragement and generally try to boost their confidence.” Eunice would like to head a big organisation in the future, preferably where her expertise is most needed. (Uganda) Follow on Twitter: @Eunice_Aber

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28. Marie-Helena Mekolo originally from Cameroon, but was raised in New York and received her undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She is currently perusing her Master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from Iona College. With a budding personality she loves to share her adventures with every one around her. She’s travelled to many countries in Africa and Europe. She now has her eyes set on Asia, on a quest for knowledge and spreading her positive vibes along the way. Her goal is to touch as many people as she can, since we all face many of the same challenges in life. With her extensive background in psychology and understanding of the human behaviour; she is able to explore various situations in a fresh angle. (United States) Follow on Twitter: @lena_liefa__

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29. Stella Damasus is a Nigerian born entertainer who lives in the USA. She is most notable for her work as a multi-award winning actor, but is also a Singer, Dancer, Radio & TV Host, Acting Coach, Event Host, Mentor, Writer, Vlogger, Blogger, Producer, Business woman, and Humanitarian. With over two decades of experience in the Entertainment Industry, she has since been considered to be one of the most popular film actors from Africa. Aside her prowess in the entertainment industry, Stella also founded The Stella Damasus Foundation, which she setup in order to train aspiring actors for free; and she also runs a mentoring programming for women and young girls called ADIVA. For more information on Stella and the work she does, log on to her website www.stelladamasus.com (United States) Follow on Twitter: @stelladamasus

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30. Natacha Umutoni is a Rwandan girl, who laughs a lot and is learning to live life to the fullest. She is a lover of all things books, music, art and travel. Natacha is also passionate about Christ and loves to see women beat the status quo. Natacha is the co-founder of Acacia book café in Kigali. (Rwanda) Follow on Twitter: @umutoni__

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31. Pholosho Matondolo loves everything about good food! Better described as a ‘fun foodie’ who is absolutely passionate about cooking, she brings to her craft – a great ability to delight. Her marvellous creations, served with love and laughter, make healthy eating seem so easy. To top it off, being a non-meat-eater herself, she still makes the most delicious meat dishes! She often says: “When passion speaks, nothing can stop you”. What keeps her going is her love for cooking. She enjoys cooking for her husband, family and friends “and for everybody too” she says. Pholosho loves traveling and exploring different food cuisines. She has been to a number of countries abroad and also had the privilege of working in Dubai for a few years. Her experience in the hospitality industry both locally and internationally opened her eyes to the abundance of creativity to be discovered in cooking. This experience taught her that when you are passionate there is no limit. She strongly believes that cooking comes from within – an idea instilled in her from a young age. She also believes that her knowledge of food and creating new simple recipes is a gift from God. Her love for serving God and people is what drives her. It brings her joy to be able to share her knowledge and ideas for simple, fresh recipes with everyone. Try Pholosho’s simple cooking ideas for good food-ies! (South Africa) Follow on Twitter: @PMatondolo

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19 Comments

  1. Salut les filles

    Belle plate forme qui est riche et puissante
    Kudos a la dream team

    Les articles de Iris sont très inspirant; bravo ma soeur; komera ku muheto comme on le dit chez nous au Burundi

  2. I had never heard about this magazine before, but Noeline Zawadi mentioned it to me. I love the diversity of the team! Do you guys have get togethers? It would be awesome if you did and rotated them in your respective countries/cities.

    • Some have met in individual countries. It would be even better if we all did at some point in the future. Hopefully we will. Thanks for the show of support.

      Salha

  3. This is so inspiring. I had never heard about this magazine. I have just read few articles and also I can say is ‘Fantastic’. I like the diversity in the team, I strongly believe that ‘Our differences make us stronger’.

    Good Job Ladies, Keep it up.

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