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#TheFutureOfWomen Is Coming to NYC—Stream the Event With Us on Facebook Live

OkayAfrica is teaming up with the Global First Ladies Alliance, Facebook, and M.A.C AIDS Fund to present the 2017 The Future of Women Awards.

On Sep 21, First Ladies from a number of African countries will connect with emerging African woman leaders from across the diaspora for the The Future of Women: Leadership for a New Era event, a day of dialogue, fellowship and music!


"For nearly 10 years, the Global First Ladies Alliance has been convening first ladies for high-level policy dialogues in the US and across Africa. This year, the group is bringing in voices and partners not traditionally engaged in or given access to these conversations: rising women leaders and new media platforms," said the alliance in a press release. 

OkayAfrica has teamed up with Facebook and M.A.C. Aids Fund to present the #FutureOfWomenAwards, which will honor and celebrate African women leaders in the areas of tech, social impact and creative entrepreneurship.

The action will be streaming live on our Facebook page, where you can take part in discussions with First Ladies from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone and more. There will also be a  musical performance by acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter Somi. You don't want to miss it. 

Head to Instagram and Facebook to nominate an African woman that you find influential. You can find out more information about the nomination process, via the Global First Ladies Alliance's website.

 

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Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images.

Black Women Are the Future of French Cinema—When Will Cannes Catch Up?

In this op-ed, OkayAfrica contributor Aude Konan reflects on the progression of diversity in French cinema a year after the Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier demonstration at Cannes Film Festival.

A year ago, 16 French actresses of African descent walked the red carpet at Cannes to talk about a new project they authored, Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier (Being Black Is Not My Job), where they shared their experiences with racism and sexism in the film industry.

In an era where the movements #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gained global momentum and led to some change in the Academy Awards, it was a first considering that outside of Aissa Maïga, French actresses seldom get any visibility and speaking out against racism put them at risk of being blacklisted, like the actor Luc Saint Eloi's unfortunate experience 20 years ago.

The red carpet moment was generally well received in France and in the rest of the world, with the main actresses getting large media coverage with features in Le Monde, Le Figaro and even Vogue U.S. The presidents of the Cannes Film Festival welcomed the actresses. No promises were made by any of the gatekeepers in French cinema, but the actresses were hopeful.

Since the book's release, the actresses have been busy working, some of them lucky enough to be able to portray fully fledged characters, others being reduced to play the "black woman" stereotype over and over again. Recently, one of them, Karidja Touré, well known for being in the film Girlhood, mentioned that she was pretty good at mimicking an "African accent." Semantics aside—and the fact that there is no such a thing as an African accent, as Africa is still not a country—it is pretty revealing: despite the wonderful coverage these actresses had, has the movement contributed to any change?

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Akwaeke Emezi's debut, Freshwater, took the literary world by storm when it was released just last year.

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