Five African women who should have Wiki pages
Wikipedia is currently holding a competition to encourage contributors to write at least 15 biographies of notable African women. The stories of African women can be hard to find online, even somewhere as extensive as Wikipedia.
Check out these African women we feel should be given their own Wiki pages:
Beachy Head Lady
The Beachy Head Lady is the name given to a mysterious skeleton that belonged to a sub-Saharan African woman living in Roman Britain. Researchers initially knew absolutely nothing about from where she had been excavated. Facial reconstruction eventually revealed that the aged skeleton was of sub-Saharan African origin, further south from the Roman empire’s North African territories. She lived around 200 to 250 AD in southeast England.
Sibongile Sambo is a multiple award winner and founder of SRS Aviation, the first aviation company owned entirely by Black women in South Africa. Interested in aircrafts as a child, Sambo grew up to become an entrepreneur and motivational speaker. She was the 2006 winner of the Black Woman in Business Awards (BIBA) in London, was a finalist for the Cosmopolitan Movers of the Year 2007, and was named Leader of Tomorrow by Fortune Magazine in 2007. In 2009, she was nominated for the Queen Victoria Memorial Award by the Europe Business Assembly in London. Sambo is a trailblazer, empowering and encouraging black South African women in the field of aviation.
Type in Fatima Massaquoi in Google, and “Fatima Massaquoi Wikipedia” pops up. Why this amazing woman doesn’t have a Wiki page is beyond understanding. Massaquoi maybe the first African women to write her autobiography. Published in 2013 as “The Autobiography of an African Princess,” Massaquoi wrote the story of her life in her own words between 1939 and 1946 while studying at Tennessee’s Fisk University. She was born in 1904 to a royal family in Sierra Leone and lived a varied life in Liberia, Nazi Germany, and the segregated American South. Interestingly, her father Momolu Massaquoi and her nephew Hans J. Massaquoi (author of “Destined to Witness: Growing up black in Nazi Germany”) both have Wiki pages.
One of the most versatile women in the Tanzanian music scene, Shaa was born Sarah Kaisi. Shaa debuted as part of the East African Coca-Cola Pop Stars group, Wakilisha, in 2004. In 2008, she landed a record deal with MJ Records, a prominent label in Tanzania. Her diverse and quirky music style has received great reviews in East Africa and beyond.
Maureen Ayité is a fashion designer from Benin. As a linguistics student in Paris, she started a group, then a page on Facebook where she shared her passion for fashion and African fabrics. This grew when she started private sales with Parisian designers in 2013. Now, she organizes her own private sales and has opened a boutique in Cotonou with plans to spread across Africa. Drawing inspiration from brands like ASOS and Zara, Ayité’s Nana Wax presents African fabrics from Benin, South Africa, and India in modern chic designs.
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