OkayAfrica's 100 Women

Introducing OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2018 List

We're celebrating 100 African Women throughout the month of March.

There are too many women to count from the continent of Africa and its diaspora killing the game. Across genres, in every profession, around the globe. And every March, we take on the daunting, albeit rewarding, task of narrowing down this countless number of leaders and change agents to just a handful of honorees to feature on our 100 Women list.

We sort through nominations, pore over the latest news, and research shining stars in the specific genres of music, TV and film, politics and activism, business, fashion and beauty, art, sports, STEM, media and literature. We have heated debates, vote and revote. All to pay homage to this year's vanguard, a front line of African women ushering in innovation, advancements and, in all cases, completely overhauling stale perceptions of what exactly it means to be an African woman in any setting.

The inaugural OkayAfrica 100 Women List launched in March 2017 to broad acclaim with Academy Award-winning actress and Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong'o, critically acclaimed novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and writer, actor and TV sensation Issa Rae among the women we celebrated.

This year's collective touts a host of trailblazing pioneers from the women of the Nigerian Bobsled Team, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, who made history in their unprecedented journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics, to Tony, GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning phenom Cynthia Erivo and more.

These women were not only handpicked for their utter excellence; we gauged their impact and influence, and this year, we hone in on the component of community building. It is one form of admirable triumph to pull oneself from the rubble, out of unfavorable circumstance, away from persecution, abuse, war... It is something else and altogether superhuman to run back into the settling dust to save others, in their communities, their countries, their continent and the world.

In short, they are superheroes. No, not from Wakanda. But from Lagos, Somalia and Sierra Leone, Botswana, Dakar and Nairobi to name a few. We at OkayAfrica are honored to uplift them and add to the growing number of collective 100 Women honorees for a campaign that last year successfully reached 72 million people. 72 MILLION. And each of those people received the same message:

African women are no longer requesting seats at the table. You might want to see about getting a seat at ours.

We've created a special hub at 100Women.OkayAfrica.com for you to follow along on this journey throughout the month of March as we roll out profiles, images, videos, q&a's and a number of other content we've created with these extraordinary women.

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Google Honors Nigerian Feminist Icon, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, With Doodle

Today would have been the Nigerian trailblazer's 119th birthday.

Pay your Google Doodle extra attention today. It is honoring Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, an activist, teacher and politician, on her birthday. She would have been 119 today. Ransome-Kuti became a prominent Nigerian icon as she fought for women's rights, including women's right to vote, and was constantly breaking barriers—including being the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car and ride a motorcycle. Her work earned her two beloved monikers: "The Lioness of Lisabi" and "The Mother of Africa." If that wasn't enough, she's also Fela Kuti's mom.

The doodle, illustrated by Nigerian-Italian artist Diana Ejaita, blends Ransome-Kuti's accomplishments into Google's logo and show her actions reflected in women who bear her likeness. The artist is known for using stark blacks and soft colors to show the "strength of femininity," perfect in a portrait of Ransome-Kuti. If you can't view the doodle automatically, that is because it will only show up for searches in Nigeria. But, don't worry, check it out via Google Doodle's twitter post below.

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Attention Paris: Don't Miss a Special Edition of 'An OkayAfrica Party'

Join us at Wanderlust for a night featuring music from Just Dizle, Tysha Cee, DJ Tunez and more.

We're excited to announce a special edition of An OkayAfrica Party taking place this Saturday on October 25th in Paris. It's all going down at Wanderlust, situated in the Cité de la Mode et du Design—a building located at the site of the old general storehouses on the quai d'Austerlitz in Paris. Artists such as DJ Stresh, Joey Starr and the Dancehall Queen have all previously performed at the venue.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. Despite this American holiday being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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