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

Nigerian-American Opal Tometi is the activist who, along with Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, co-founded the #BlackLivesMatter Organization. Tometi, a writer, strategist and community organizer, arranged the online and social media platforms for the BLM movement.

Tometi is currently the executive director of the Black Alliance For Just Immigration, a national organization that advocates for racial and immigrant rights for African American, Caribbean and Afro Latinx communities. One of their most recent campaigns helped win “reunification visas for Haitian families displaced by the 2010 earthquake.”

But Tometi’s work doesn’t end here: she’s involved with the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrant Rights and the Black Immigration Network. She’s also being featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture (or Blacksonian) for her amazing contributions. Tometi is basically living out some of my #lifegoals.

Read our feature where Tometi talks about Africanness within the Black Lives Matter Movement, here.


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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