Djamilla was born in Côte d'Ivoire and lived in Morocco for ten years. For her, SAYASPORA is a project that stems from a void: not being able to identify with women in the media. From that void, SAYASPORA was founded. Through this organization, Djamilla aims to create a space in which young African women from all over the world can express themselves freely and find a community.
Content creator, social media
M'Borika was born to parents of Senegalese origin in France, the country in which she grew up and evolved before arriving in Montreal to study management. For her, Sayaspora is the answer to a gap: the representation of African women, inspiring and successful examples.
Marie-Pier, of Ivorian descent, grew up in Quebec and has always been fascinated and confronted by her multiple identities. Once she graduated from the National School of Public Administration of Canada, she chose the adventure route and worked for a few years as a gender equality advisor in various African and Caribbean countries. For her, SAYASPORA is the perfect platform for expressing her commitment to empowering women and girls. SAYASPORA is a necessary space for inspiration aiming to highlight the strength behind the complex identities of the African diaspora.
Social Media Development Officer, France
Comorian by origin and Francilian by birth, Nasma is a Swiss knife in digital marketing. The definition of her identity is a question that has always fascinated and tormented her as the answer can be influenced by countless factors. For her, Sayaspora is a space that allows women in the diaspora to have the tools to define themselves, together.
Co-Founder, Head of the Education Portfolio
Shona was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe but currently resides in Montreal, Quebec Canada. She is a firm believer in social justice and inclusion. Her vision for Sayaspora is to be an organization that champions social inclusion and justice for African womxn and youth.
She is passionate about helping to tell the stories of different womxn from the Diaspora and across the continent of Africa. She hopes that Sayaspora will be an organization that highlights the struggles and successes of womxn. She also hopes that Sayaspora creates spaces for young African people to meet and discuss some of major challenges affecting the Diaspora and those on the continent.
Business Development Officer
Anissa, a Franco-Algerian, grew up in France before studying in Turkey and Quebec. Graduated in Economics and International Management, she aspires to tell the little-known story of the sun's peoples through the stories of courageous, resilient and supportive women. For her, Sayaspora celebrates diversity and inspires the unity of those whose common denominator is Africa.
Of Malian origin and having spent her childhood in 6 different African countries, Bamby considers herself lucky to carry within her these diverse cultural inspirations and social realities. With a master’s degree in International Management, Bamby has been working professionally full time since 2016. Since then, she has acquired experience in the administrative field in various forms of companies (EDMP, state, multinationals...). For Bamby, her presence in Sayaspora is an opportunity to participate in the development of the role of the young African woman, a lever of economic development and social pillar of the continent, who unfortunately trapped in her traditional roots, is still struggling to establish her importance.
Writer and Editor, Blog
Carla Guillaume is young and proud Haitian-Canadian who grew up in Montreal. Currently undergoing a Master's degree in Public Administration, she considers herself a politics nerd, passionate about international affairs and issues related to the environment and new technologies. She is an avid reader who also loves to debate and write about a variety of subjects, from business to gender issues. Carla is an adventurer at heart, always looking to discover new places and immerse in other cultures. She likes keeping herself busy with various hobbies including Haitian folkloric dance, piano, and cooking. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram! @carla_anide
Project coordinator, podcast
Originary from Burundi and raised in Canada, for her africain femininity represents flexibility in our african society, breaking stereotypes given to us such as ‘’un-african’’ as sexually unattractive and humorless manhaters and troublemakers. Joana is a student majoring in Economics at the University of Windsor, she strives for the best of humanity and believes that all could be done with a better representation of women in our society. For her SAYASPORA represents a feminist platform committed to giving women a forum, a voice and the skills to articulate their needs and interest towards our Diaspora
Content Creator, blog
Growing up as an African woman, more precisely Burundian, Sabrina has experienced the strength of African women. Although, she did not see their representation. In spite of their strength, elegance and helpfulness, a seat at the table was never provided to them. For her, Sayaspora is a platform to create that long-deserved seat for young African women. In her words “Sayaspora wants to create the seat, the table and the room. A place where you, the African young woman, were designed to sit in.”
Young woman originally from Burundi who is passionate by everything relating to social justice, African and Afro-descend cultures, mental health and education. She’s currently a psychology student and explored during her studies, the concept of identity, a theme that has been very important in her life.
Sayaspora is for her an organization that highlights the African women of the continent and the diaspora and their reality. A form of representation that is very important and rare in mainstream media.