AFIAfrican Feminist Initiative

The Nelson Mandela Lecture Series: Session 1

The Nelson Mandela Lecture Series: Session 1

9:00 a.m - 10:30 a.m.

Minna Salami

Minna Salami: “The World in Which the African Feminist Finds Herself: Resistance and Perseverance in a Shifting Age”

Minna Salami is a Nigerian-Finnish and Swedish author and social critic who grew up in Lagos and has since lived in Sweden, Spain, New York and London. Her blog MsAfropolitan has won multiple awards, and she advocates and speaks about African feminism around the world including at TEDx, Oxford University, Yale University, Oxford Union, Cambridge Union, UN Women, and the Singularity University at NASA. She studied Political Science in Sweden at the University of Lund, and Gender Studies at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. Her debut book Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone (Bloomsbury/Zed,UK) and (Harper Collins/Amistad, US) is translated into multiple languages. Her second book, Can Feminism Be African? is forthcoming from William Collins.

Patricia McFadden

Patricia McFadden: “Crafting Contemporary Feminism in Africa: Imagining the Alternative to Feudalism and Black Nationalism”

Patricia McFadden is an Older, Black, Radical, Eco-Feminist who lives on a mountain in Southern Africa. She is vegan and produces most of her own organic food as she strives for a balanced life of sufficiency and joy through a respectful relationship with Nature as it encompasses all
sentient beings. Through this Alternative lifestyle she is searching for new feminist impulses and insights
which she brings to her feminist theorizing and practice. Her most recent publications are: Women’s Freedoms are the heart beat of Africa’s future: A Sankarian Imperative in A Certain Amount of Madness, the life, politics and legacies of Thomas Sankara, Amber Murray (ed.)2018; A Feminist Conversation: Situating our Radical Ideas and Energies in the Contemporary African Context (with Patricia Twasiima), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Mozambique; Critiquing Conventional Discourses on Girls and Gendered Female Identities in Africa, OXFAM, 2018; Contemporarity: Sufficiency in a Radical African Feminist Life, in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, 2018; The Nexus of Neo-liberalism and Precarity: Struggles for Alternative Societies (2022) in From Political Liberation to Economic Dependency; N. Simutanyi and du Pisani. A (eds). FES Mozambique.