Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Clementine Akuyo Brown, The Maisha Pioneer

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She has proudly represented the African culture in Sweden since 1977. Together with her fellow countryman the passionate Bedu Annan, she became one of the first teachers of African dance in Sweden. With this year’s [Maisha] theme in mind; a tribute to strong African mothers, and for a lifetime achievement with an inspiring approach, we present this woman with this honorary award.

About Maisha Galahttp://www.maishagalan.se/

The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues.

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Josette Bushnell-Mingo is the Maisha Award Newcomer of the Year in Sweden

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She is an Officer of the Order Of The British Empire (OBE) for her Contribution to the Arts.

She is the artistic director of both the National Swedish Theatre for the Deaf and TRYKK,who work for the promotion and development of Black Theatre and black art events.

She is a recipient of numerous awards and the director and producer of many acclaimed works.

She is the current chair woman at CinemAfrica, a non-profit organization who work to update the image of Africa, and to add to the body of African images and voices in Sweden, by distributing films and documentaries from Africa by Africans.

Ironically,her career spans over 25 years, but this brilliant woman has only recent come to our attention!

Ladies and gentlemen The Maisha Award for Newcomer of The Year goes to actress, director and producer, Josette Bushell-Mingo.

About Maisha Galahttp://www.maishagalan.se/

The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues.

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Sene-gambian woman is Maisha Gala Artist of the Year in Sweden

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The phrase “Lead by example” comes to mind when one thinks of this Sene-gambian woman.

She is the founder of Rock Africk which is an initiative with the objective of spotlighting and celebrating noteworthy African achievement, as well as an outreach to African youth in Africa.

She is a 2012 Semi-finalist in TV4’s The Voice, a vocal competition where the strongest voices across the country compete for a recording contract.

She is an Air Chrysalis songwriter and Hitlab artist. If Akon can sign her, we can co-sign for her.

She is the little woman with the big voice.Ladies and gentlemen,The 2012 Maisha Award for Artist of the Year goes to Mary N’diaye.

About Maisha Galahttp://www.maishagalan.se/

The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues.

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2012 Maisha entrepreneur of the year is Adrianne George Lind

Adrianne George Lind

She is the co- founder of the Women of the African Diaspora website and co-editor of BlackExpat.com

She is also the founder of JobsInStockholm.com (and JobsinGothenburg.com), and has created a platform to celebrate women of the African diaspora living in Europe with her multiple award winning Black Women In Europe blog.

She is enriching both ethnic and expatriate communities and impacting and influencing the lives of others through Social media.

She is building bridges and building brands, handling her business and proving that content is QUEEN, ladies and gentlemen the 2012 Maisha entrepreneur of the year is Adrianne George Lind.

Editor’s note: Adrianne is also the founder of AG Communications Group.

About Maisha Galahttp://www.maishagalan.se/

The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues.

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The Maishagalen Woman of the Year is Margaret Gärding

This woman is recognized for her great commitment and active participation in working to combat racism in Sweden, through her involvement in several organisations.

She has been involved in the African Diaspora movement during many years and participated in debates on integration and diversity issues in Sweden.

She is conducting her PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Stockholm.

This woman has clearly demonstrated her expertise at a national and international level through her commitment in working with development aid issues.

Editor’s note: Margaret Gärding hails from South Africa.

About Maisha Galahttp://www.maishagalan.se/

The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues.

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Irene Opira is the founder of the Maisha gala Sweden African Women of the Year Awards

Maisha means “Life” in Swahili, a language spoken in East Africa.

Irene Opira
Irene Opira

Irene Opira is the founder of the Maisha gala. She is immensely proud of her African heritage and has been the project leader and producer of the gala since its inception in 2007. The same year she simultaneously introduced the Miss Africa Sweden concept, an initiative to show a broader definition of beauty which includes African ideals, empower young women and celebrate the beauty of diversity.

Irene was born in Kitgum Northern Uganda and is the daughter of Ugandan politician and legend Jeremiah Lucas Opira. The family fled from the Idi Amin regime and was invited to seek political asylum in Sweden during the mid-1970s. Irene has studied the Social Sciences at the University of Stockholm where she successfully completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Social Anthropology. She is currently working for the Swedish National Federation of Immigrant Women’s Associations and serves as a board member in several organizations including Noah’s Ark.

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The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of  women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues. The 2012 theme: maternal mortality and maternal health on the African continent; the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, in collaboration with AMREF/Flying Doctors.

Future goals

From 2012 the Maisha Gala will evolve into being incorporated as a central part of the newly established Maisha cultural association: Kulturföreningen Maisha. In the future the association is to develop and expand the Maisha concept in Sweden and beyond.

Maisha Galen 2012 – 5 year anniversary

Nominees and Winners

Woman of the Year – Margaret Gärding

This year’s inspiration – AnnaLena Tell Eriksson

This year’s entrepreneur – Adrianne George (Lind)

This year’s artist – Mary Ndiaye

This year’s newcomer: Josette Bushell Mingo

Maisha Pioneer Prize: Clementina Akuyo Brown

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Floid Gumbo has won awards for her music three years in a row in Sweden

Floid Gumbo is an artist sparkling from African energy and joy. Floid was born in Gwanda, Zimbabwe, where she also grew up. She moved to Sweden in 1994. Music has always been an important and natural part of her life.

She is a multiple award winning artist including the ABF Gothenburg Culture Prize 2012, the Maisha Gala Artist of the Year 2011, and the Year’s Culture Woman 2010.  She has been engaged in many different contexts; from sport events and national day celebrations, to lectures and weekends for choirs. Floid has been on several successful tours in different parts of Sweden.

In her repertoire you will also find African tales, dancing, drum rhythms and self-produced material.

Music is both a joy for all the fantastic things in life, and a help in hard times. The power of the African freedom and gospel songs is something I would like to share with others, Floid says.

Floid is fluent in English, Swedish and four African languages (Shona, Ndebele, Venda, Sotho). Listen to Floid’s music on MySpace and visit Floid’s website for more information.

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