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WHO WE ARE

 

SAYASPORA is a bilingual web platform founded in 2015. The idea to create SAYASPORA was born out of a desire to create greater representation in the media for young African women as well as women of the African diaspora. We aim to reflect on and to present the diverse experiences, challenges and triumphs of youth stemming from the African diaspora.

SAYASPORA is an African women-led platform, and through our events and online content, we aim to create a space where African youth living in the diaspora can be inspired, lead, create, have a voice and find community.

 

SAYASPORA est une plateforme bilingue, fondée en 2015. Nous aspirons à créer une meilleure représentation dans les médias des femmes issues de la diaspora africaine*. Nous avons aussi pour mission de mettre en avant les diverses expériences, réussites et défis que rencontre la jeunesse de la diaspora africaine.

SAYASPORA est une plateforme essentiellement tenue par des femmes africaines. Grace à nos évènements et notre contenu en ligne, nous envisageons de créer un espace de réflexion au sein duquel la jeunesse de la diaspora africaine pourra être inspiré.

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SAYASPORA, a platform created by women to inspire others.

SAYASPORA, une plateforme créée par des femmes pour en inspirer d’autres.

 

SAYASPORA TEAM.

l’ÉQUIPE SAYASPORA.

 

*Le terme « Diaspora Africaine » est employé selon la définition de l’Union Africaine : « Les personnes d’origine africaine vivant hors du continent africain, qui sont désireuses de contribuer à son développement ».

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OUR TEAM
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Founder, Editor in Chief & Chief Executive Officer

DJAMILLA TOURE

Djamilla est née en Côte d Ivoire et a vécu pendant dix ans au Maroc. Pour elle, SAYASPORA est un projet qui émane d un manque : celui de ne pas pouvoir s identifier aux femmes présentes dans les médias. C est ainsi que la plateforme SAYASPORA a été fondée. À travers cet organisme tenu par des jeunes femmes, elle espère motiver l'ensemble de la jeunesse de la diaspora africaine à entreprendre.

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Co-Founder & Resource Mobilization manager

DORRA BANNOURI

Dorra, diplômée en Relations internationales et Droit international a vécu en Tunisie, au Moyen-Orient, au Canada et en Bolivie. Son intérêt concernant la lutte pour l égalité entre les genres dans l émancipation sociale, lui a donné l envie de se consacrer à travers SAYASPORA, à la source dont émane son inspiration et d'où découlent ses aspirations : l’Afrique.

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Co-founder, Sub Editor in Chief & Director of Operations

AURORE IRADUKUNDA

Aurore is majoring in Molecular Cell Biology and African Studies at Mcgill University. For her, SAYASPORA means allowing space for voices too often unheard. SAYASPORA means recognizing the power of womanhood and seeing them manifest into greatness.

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Co-founder & Educational Coordinator

SHANA MUSIMBE

Shana is an International Development and African Studies student at the university of MCGILL. She was born and raised in the southern african country of Zimbabwe. For her, SAYASPORA is the opportunity to advance the narrative of women from all corners of Africa to the diaspora and to the world at large.

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Co-founder

A. RYDIA SESAY

From Sierra Leona, Rydia is passionate about writing and wants to offer to young women the opportunity to inspire and be role models for others. With SAYASPORA, she is hoping to lay a foundation that will thrive generation after generation.

Il existe des talents à travers le monde, la plupart de ces talents sont féminins, africains et issus de la diaspora africaine.

 
 
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Social Media Analyst

Lehlé Baldé

Lehlé is a passionate pan African, that has lived in 10 African countries. She sees Sayaspora as a platform to inspire young women while simultaneously connecting the African diaspora with African continent.

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Writer

Lynda Bulimo

Lynda is an educator that loves to capture all the places and experiences she is through writing. She was born in Kenya and grew up in the UK and now lives in Canada. As a critical observer of culture, language, aesthetics and identity SAYASPORA for her is a platform to share and create important narratives of young African women in the Diaspora that come with complexity and valuable matters to learn.

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Strategic Partnership Specialist

Marie-Ange Zibi

Born in France, raised in Cameroun, and now living in Canada, Marie-Ange has always been fascinated by the complex world of multiple identities. She is a diploma student in Journalism and now works as a publicist for a Montreal-based record label. For her, Sayaspora is where the SAFE PLACE & WOMANHOOD concepts are taking on their full meaning. She aims to use the platform to explore a fresh and critical look at the social and cultural issues that affect the African dispora youth, and specifically the African Woman.

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Écrivaine

KATHLEEN NANDIGUINN

Fière de ses origines franco-centrafricaine, Kathleen Nandiguinn est étudiante en Master II de Développement Économique et Social à la Sorbonne. Pour elle, il est important de briser les préjugés qui enferment la femme africaine dans l invisibilité, en montrant notamment qu’elle est une actrice combien importante dans la société. Ainsi, SAYASPORA est donc un remarquable miroir de cette diaspora innovante et dynamique qui veut contribuer à la construction et la valorisation du continent africain.

 
 
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Illustrator Coordinator

MORINA BLAIN

Morina was born and raised in Montreal. She’s a woman of Haitian origin and also celebrating her Pan-African roots. This woman has always been passionate by art & culture and photography. She has a diploma in Business Management and working on building her clothing brand. For her, SAYASPORA is an innovative platform who recognize the hard work and determination of African women globally.

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Écrivaine

LAURA KAMUGISHA

Laura Kamugisha est une jeune femme vivant en banlieue montréalaise, d origine Congo-Rwandaise et immigrée de Belgique pour le Canada. Elle est étudiante en sciences de la santé au Collège de Maisonneuve et compte se diriger vers le domaine de la production cinématographique. SAYASPORA représente pour elle, une plateforme sure où elle pourra partager et interagir avec d autres femmes issues d Afrique.

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Outreach specialist and Logistics Assistant

JOANNA KAGAYO

Joanna is majoring in international development and globalization student at the University of Ottawa . Originary from Burundi and raised in Canada. For her, african femininity represents flexibility in our african society, breaking stereotypes given to us such as ‘’un-african’’ as sexually unattractive and humorless manhaters and troublemakers. 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.

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Écrivaine

audrey Nzeba Kabombo

Audrey est une étudiante en droit qui vit dans la banlieue parisienne. Depuis quelques années elle essaie de se situer culturellement en raison de sa nationalité française d origine congolaise. Elle aspire à contribuer au développement de la diaspora africaine. C est dans cette objectif qu elle rejoint l équipe de Sayaspora.

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Educational Co-Coordinator

SHEREE MARSHALL

Sheree was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya to an Ethiopian mother and Jamaican father. She is currently majoring in Psychology at McGill University and aspires to go back to Kenya and shift the negative stigma associated with mental health. For Sheree, SAYSPORA is a special platform by which strong, inspirational women with unique backgrounds can work together to shed a positive light on their experiences.

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Media Collaborator

Émeraude YOAN

Emeraude is an International Business & Digital Marketing student at the university Of Paris VIII. She was born and raised in Italy but her heart belongs to Ivory Coast. Through SAYASPORA and her photos she wants to tell stories hidden in the women s eyes for an Africa and a diaspora that needs to raise up for a better future.

 
 
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Illustrator Coordinator

MONICA BLAIN

Monica is a woman of haitian origin born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She s a college graduate in buisness management and a clothing designer and visualist. She has always found her way through creativity and with it she brings content into another dimension. SAYASPORA represent a vessel to create of a safe place to celebrate women of color from the African diaspora. “I believe that the foundation of sisterhood is what we need to revive our power. The celebration of women is the celebration of life itself.”

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Écrivaine

AFOUSSA CHITOU

Fièrement béninoise de part ses origines, Afoussa est titulaire d un Master en Entrepreneuriat international et PME obtenu à Paris. Fort de son attachement pour l Afrique, elle a à cœur de contribuer à l essor et au rayonnement du continent au delà de ses frontières. SAYASPORA offre cette opportunité de mettre en lumière ces femmes issues de la diaspora africaine, toutes plus inspirantes les unes que les autres.

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