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AÏSSA MAÏGA

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Aïssa Maïga is a Senegalese-born French actress. She moved to France when she was 9 and has been acting since the ‘90s. In 2007, she became the first black woman to be nominated for a César Award, France’s highest acting honor, for her performance in Bamako as a disillusioned bar singer. Maga is a major player both on-screen and in style. Vogue sites her as their “French girl style crush” and says Maïga has “never once disappointed.” Outside of being a style staple, she has also been the ambassador of AMREF for several years. AMREF is an African non-governmental organization dedicated to training medical personnel involved in caring for mothers and children.


 

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Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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