#Okay100Women

PRESIDENT AMEENAH GURIB-FAKIM

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

In 2014, Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim was elected president of Mauritius after a unanimous vote in the country’s National Assembly, making her the third woman to serve as Head of State, and the first to be formally elected by a group of her peers.




Before becoming president, Gurib-Fakim worked as a biodiversity scientist, conducting pioneering research on the medicinal uses of native Mauritian plants. She was a professor of Organic Chemistry and Dean of the Science Department at the University of Mauritius.



Gurib-Fakim is a decorated scientist and politician, she’s won the African Union’s and L'Oréal-UNESCO’s Awards for Women in Science, and she was the Laureate for the National Economic and Social Council in 2007.



She’s a woman who holds many titles, but perhaps the most impressive is the one she earned after becoming Mauritius’ sixth president: Grand Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean.



-DD

News Brief
Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.