#BringBackOurGirls Coordinator, Hadiza Bala Usman, Speaks at the UN

One of the Founders, and a Coordinator of the #BringBackOurGirls movement in Nigeria, Hadiza Bala Usman, spoke at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about the movement and the Chibok girls. She was guest speaker at the closing ceremony of the UN DPI Conference on 29 August 2019. Here is the video of her … More #BringBackOurGirls Coordinator, Hadiza Bala Usman, Speaks at the UN

Maryam Writes About Her Experience at Obama’s Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Maryam Shehu Mohammed is one of the 500 young leaders selected from around Africa, to participate in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative in the U.S. She recently returned to Nigeria after the completion of her program. Maryam wrote about her experience through the entire process, from application to completion of the fellowship. Her piece … More Maryam Writes About Her Experience at Obama’s Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Discussing Women in Government and Politics in Africa

I recently wrote a brief piece for Democracy in Africa,  reflecting on the discussions during the first Women in Government and Politics Conference for Africa, held at Central Hall in Westminster, London. The event was put together by the Winihin Jemide Series and I facilitated one of the panel discussions. Find the excerpt below: African women … More Discussing Women in Government and Politics in Africa

Malala Yousafzai’s Phenomenal Speech at the UN

This is a video of the courageous Malala Yousafzai delivering a phenomenal speech at the UN Youth Assembly earlier today. Malala is the teenage education activist in Pakistan who recently survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. I was moved by her strength and passion, especially when I recalled how dozens of innocent school children … More Malala Yousafzai’s Phenomenal Speech at the UN

Women, Innovation, Enterprise Network Inaugural Syposium in Africa

The Women, Innovation, Enterprise (WIE) Network is holding its first ever African symposium in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5th to 7th May 2013. It is set to feature headline speakers such as President Joyce Banda, Graca Machel, Patricia Amira, Saran Kaba Jones, Swaady Martin-Leke and Toyin Saraki. The inaugural WIE Africa is organised in … More Women, Innovation, Enterprise Network Inaugural Syposium in Africa

TEDxEuston 2012: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

As I walked into the Mermaid Conference Centre on that chilly December morning, I expected the pervasive theme that has recently featured in other Africa-focused talk shoppes: of the vast potentials within Africa, of Africa Rising, and I wasn’t off the mark. As the day wore on, there was an unmistakable Afro-Optimism vibe in the air. In … More TEDxEuston 2012: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Another Milestone For African Women

  Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan is set to become Somalia’s first female Foreign Minister in newly elected Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon’s cabinet. Her appointment along with that of Maryam Qasim as Social Development Minister in the Somali ministerial cabinet while “historic” for Somalia, follows the recent trend across most of Africa where an increasing … More Another Milestone For African Women

Back to School

Me: “I just resumed school this week” Friend: “What!? School again?? Which school?? :-S Me: “Oh, lol! I just started my PhD this week…” Friend: “That’s rilli (really) nice, congratulations! Ah, Zainab, you too like book o…” This is just a sample of one out of numerous chats/conversations on my return to school to pursue a … More Back to School

Nigeria’s First Female Chief Justice

On 16 July 2012 Honourable Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar was sworn in as Nigeria’s very first female head of the judiciary, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). She became Nigeria’s 13th indigenous CJN after her confirmation by the Senate, replacing her predecessor, Honourable Justice Dahiru Musdapher, who retired on 14 July. Justice Mukhtar has had … More Nigeria’s First Female Chief Justice