It has been an incredible year for women from all over the African continent and we have made a selection from a very long list of some of our favourite GoWomen this year.
Mo Abudu – Ebony Life TV – Visionary – Nigeria (Seen above with Christine Lagarde. Image source: The Independent, UK)
I was born in England and I am very at home here, I went to school in London and Tunbridge Wells. I was probably the second or third black person in that school and you find that you are being continually asked questions that just boggle your mind. Do you guys live in trees? Do you guys dance around fires? What do you eat for breakfast? For ever and ever, I always felt that I had to fight to prove who I was. For me, I think somewhere deeply buried in my subconscious was a need to tell Africa’s story. My burning desire is just to tell everybody: listen, we’re not a bunch of savages. We really are gifted. ~ Mo Abudu, Meet Africa’s Oprah: Why Mosunmola ‘Mo’ Abudu wants to change the world’s view of her continent, The Independent
Ama K. Abebrese – TV Host and Actress – Ghana
To encourage women and men of colour everywhere that our natural skin colour we are born with is beautiful, whatever complexion we are. Dark, light, and all shades, we resist from the practice of using chemicals creams, lotions, pills and cosmetics to whiten our skin. There are many dangers associated with skin bleaching. To also encourage without judgement those who have bleached /toned their skin that they can stop if they wish to do so as its never too late to embrace our natural skin. We love our natural skintone. ~ I Love My Natural Skintone Facebook Page
I am again at a crossroads and about to return to Sierra Leone over the next few days. Some months back I had decided that I was going to return to the UK for a longer spell to pursue other interests unfortunately or fortunately depends where you’re coming from that decision was overturned by events in West Africa and particularly Sierra Leone in so far as the spread of the Ebola virus is concerned. Having discussed with those near and dear to me I have decided that I am going back to work within an Ebola unit in Northern Sierra Leone. (Makeni /Lunsar area.) This area as I understand it is producing a fair amount of people testing positive for the virus. The work I will be involved in will include clinical work (looking after the sick) managing the operations and teaching.The team I will be working with is well put together, switched on,supportive and cohesive. I am grateful! Do please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. ~ Nyamacoro Sarata Sillah, Facebook
Fatu Kekula – “The One Woman Hospital” – Liberia
Every day, several times a day for about two weeks, Fatu put trash bags over her socks and tied them in a knot over her calves. Then she put on a pair of rubber boots and then another set of trash bags over the boots. She wrapped her hair in a pair of stockings and over that a trash bag. Next she donned a raincoat and four pairs of gloves on each hand, followed by a mask. It was an arduous and time-consuming process, but Fatu was religious about it, never cutting corners. ~ Elizabeth Cohen, Woman Saves Relative From Ebola, CNN