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Lupita Nyong'o, Academy Award-winning Kenyan actress and director

Phenomenal African Women Celebrated In Posters For Women’s Day

Lupita Nyong’o, Miriam MakebaAlek Wek, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Wangari Maathai are just a few of the dynamic women featured in Ruramai “Rudo” Musekiwa‘s Sibahle poster series. The Zimbabwe-born, Johannesburg-based artist and activist created the collection to acknowledge the contributions made by both well-known and unsung heroines from the continent in time for South Africa’s National Women’s Day on August 9th.

The Sibahle Poster Series is an ongoing body of work paying tribute to phenomenal African women,” Musekiwa said in a press release. “The statement it seeks to make, is that our young girls can and should find inspiration right here, within the continent, within our context as a people. Women are the pillars of our society and it is imperative that we pay homage to inspirational women that not only radiate authenticity and passion within their respective crafts, but also understand how their purpose is connected to others (Ubuntu).”

Also spotlighted in the collection are Lira, Mpho SebinaAlbertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela MandelaNoni Gasa, Simphiwe Dana, Claire Mawisa, Lebo MashileLufuno Sathekge and Nandi Mngoma. “These are some of the most exceptional and influential African women of today,” Musekiwa says.

The posters are part of Musekiwa’s larger Sibahle movement, which you can learn more about here and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid and civil rights activist
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning Nigerian novelist
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Lupita Nyong’o, Academy Award-winning Kenyan actress and director
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Alek Wek, South Sudanese British model and fashion designer
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Lufuno Sathekge, South African marketing and brand consultant and stylist
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Simphiwe Dana, South African singer/songwriter
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Nandi Mngoma, South African TV personality and singer
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Mpho Sebina, Singer/songwriter from Botswana
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Lira, South African singer
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Lebo Mashile, South African-American poet and performer
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Claire Mawisa, South African journalist
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Winnie Madikizela Mandela, South African activist and politician
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Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental, political activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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Noni Gasa, South African fashion and media personality
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Albertina Sisulu, South African anti–apartheid activist

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