My name is Salha Kaitesi, and I’m a self taught blogger with multiple skills that I’ve acquired while blogging for the past 7 plus years. I am also a social entrepreneur, gender equality and empowerment champion.

I am the Founder and Executive-Editor of Teakisi, and also the Founder of Beauty of Rwanda, a social enterprise setup to economically empower marginalised women and girls in Rwanda. As the Executive-Editor of Teakisi, I have gained experience managing a global team of contributors, multiple events and campaigns. I am fuelled by passion for empowering and promoting African girls and women, their voices, equality and diversity. I consider myself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on my academic foundations in Sociology and Politics while staying in tune with the latest digital and in person strategies that will amplify the voices of African women, and those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME).

Launched in 2011 as a platform that would give me a voice, this site quickly grew into a global community of African women who also desired to be heard. Today it continues to evolve, including a collective of events catered for the African woman, the culture and heritage of Africa, BAME communities, people of African descent and the general public. My hunger for inclusion and determination to raise the status of the African woman has contributed to the success of Teakisi. If you love equality and seeing the African woman rise, you’ll fit right at home here. Meanwhile, I vastly endeavour to increase the productivity of the team by engaging in group chats, strategic project management and ensuring a work balance. Overall, what you’ll get from our posts is an encouraging community of supportive women.

I have a Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics & Sociology, and a Master’s in International Politics (Globalisation, Poverty & Development). When I’m not all things Teakisi, and running my social enterprise Beauty of Rwanda, I do web designs and teach new and intermediate bloggers how to build a successful blog, creating good content, including enhancing the marketing strategies of new and already established businesses.

Additional Skills and Achievements

• Shortlisted for Positive Role Model Award in Race, Religion & Faith at the UK National Diversity Awards (2020)

• Nominated for Positive Role Model Award for Gender at The National Diversity Awards (2020)

• Runner up Outstanding Entrepreneur Pride of Newcastle University Awards (2017)

• Winner Newcastle University Rise Up Start Up Single Founder Award (2017)

• Versatile Blogger Award on Behalf of Teakisi (2017)

• Finalist nominee Women4Africa Role Model of the year (2017)

• Winner Community Giants Awards Inspirational Woman (2016)

• Winner Women4Africa Recognition Award (2014)

• Listed in ‘Top 100 women who Inspire in The World’ (2013)

• Nominated in 3 categories for the Women4Africa awards (2013)

• Featured in AfroElle Magazine in the “Top 35 under 35” – game changers, top influencers and emerging leaders (2012)

• Winner of the first ADA awards (African Diaspora at work Awards) (2011)

• Voted as one of the 20 inspirational women of African Diaspora in Europe 2011

• Featured and interviewed in more than 15 magazines, websites and newspaper articles

• Multiple language skills

• Millennium Volunteer – More than 200 hours working with youth and minority groups

I guess I can multi task and always interested in a challenge. Reach out to to connect!