Portia Simpson-Miller

Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller, ON, MP, is a Jamaican politician. She served as Prime Minister of Jamaica from March 2006 to September 2007 and again from 5 January 2012 to 3 March 2016. She is the leader of the People's National Party and the Leader of the Opposition, a position she previously occupied between September 2007 … Continue reading Portia Simpson-Miller


Lorna Goodison

Lorna Goodison CD is a Jamaican poet, a leading West Indian writer of the generation born after World War II, currently dividing her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan. Goodison’s image-rich and socially- and historically-engaged poems often inhabit the lives and landscapes of her Jamaican homeland. At … Continue reading Lorna Goodison

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. A MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, James Copnall wrote in the Times Literary Supplement that she was "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature". Adichie spoke … Continue reading Chimamanda Adichie

Mo Abudu

Mosunmola Abudu, usually known as Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. She has been described by Forbes as "Africa's Most Successful Woman". The Nigerian media entrepreneur and talk show host, is the founder of Ebony Life TV, a fast-growing black African … Continue reading Mo Abudu

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat of Nigeria. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was known for her association with some of the most important anti-colonial educational movements in Nigeria and West Africa, and fought tirelessly to further women’s … Continue reading Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai was an internationally renowned Kenyan environmental political activist and author. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As well as having been featured in a number of books, she and the Green Belt Movement were the subject of a documentary film, Taking Root: the Vision … Continue reading Wangari Maathai

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist, diplomat, author, professor, founding partner at RiceHadleyGates LLC, former U.S. Secretary of State & National Security Advisor, Pianist and Golfer. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. From January 2005-2009, … Continue reading Condoleezza Rice