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WHO IS WHO IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA


WHO IS WHO IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA CONTENT: 1. Africa 2.0 2. African Diaspora Consortium 3. Africa Salon 4. Afrofeminas 5. Afroiberoamerica 6. Afroreggae 7. Ashanti Perú 8. Associacao IVERCA 9. Ayiba 10. Bisila Bokoko 11. Black Mental Health UK 12. Bravehearts Africa 13. CEAF ICESI 14. Centro Panafricano 15. Ebony English 16. Feira Preta 17. Manos Visibles 18. MITCoLab 19. OkayAfrica 20. Poto Poto


There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Africa 2.0 Foundation is a youth-led Pan African civil society organization providing a platform for emerging and established African leaders to drive forward the transformation of Africa. Founded in 2010 by Mamadou Touré around the belief that “we are the ones that we have been waiting for” and as such with a unifying vision and a focu- sed “coalition of the willing”, Africans, in the continent and the diaspora, can accelerate the development of their continent and communities. Africa 2.0 not only advocates for building an inspiring a prosperous Africa but actively aim to be a catalyst in the implementation process through researched impact initiatives, advocacy and campaigns that are piloted and repli- cated in our 25 chapters across the continent to fulfil our vision for Africa.

www.africa2point0.org

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MAMADOU KWIDJIM TOURE                                                           After completing high school at Lycée Louis Le Grand in Paris, he graduated from École des Hautes Etudes Commer- ciales (EDHEC Business School, in France) with a Master of Science in Mana- gement. In 2010, he completed the Executive Training Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Public Private Partnerships. Mamadou loves Art, Philosophy, Music and History books. Mamadou was ranked among the top 100 most influential people in Africa in 2012 by New African Business Magazine. In 2013, BRICS Busi- ness Magazine identified him among the 25 Faces of the New Africa. In addition, in 2014, Mamadou made the Forbes Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa list, became a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015, and has been recently awareded the 2016 Panafrican Leaders Award. Mamadou founded Africa 2.0 in 2010 and since then has led the organisation as its CEO. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital, a leading Investment and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems.

Start Up Africa Cape Town

https://youtu.be/88KoPmqQEcU

Start Up Africa London https://vimeo.com/111289209

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Twitter: @Africa2point0 Instagram/Facebook: Africa 2.0 Foundation

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

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Officially launched in 2016, the African Diaspora Consortium (ADC)’s mission is to impact positively the educational, economic, and artistic outcomes and opportunities of populations across the African Diaspora. ADC is currently considered the leader in establishing partnerships and developing new research and best practices related to African descendants in countries where African descendants were historically and culturally dispersed during the transatlantic slave trade and different migration periods including the Caribbean, Europe, North America, and South America. ADC’s initiatives are led by distinguished scholars and highly acclaimed artists across the globe. ADC seeks to accomplish three main goals: •Identify and highlight historic and cultural connections as well as common challenges and opportunities across the Diaspora. •Increase educational success and outcomes for African descendent populations at all levels globally, promoting and exchanging learning successes from partner countries. •Utilize the Arts (Music, Performing, and Visual) as a vehicle to enhance understanding and connectedness as historical and cultural uplift.   WWW.ADCEXCHANGE.ORG

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OUR LEADER: KASSIE FREEMAN

FIGURES 1st ever African Diaspora Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar (2017-2018 Pilots Secondary School) with 3 schools in 3 different US states

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Major Initiatives (Research & Best Practices, Global Student Exchange, Emerging Artist Exchange)

4 Pilot countries across 4 continents 4 Emerging Scholars

Founding President and CEO of the African Diaspora Consortium (ADC) and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her leadership has led ADC to historic recognition and accomplishments. Prior to ADC, she served as Interim President of the Southern University A&M College System and is a past president of the Comparative and International Education Society. As a leading scholar in the field, her research has been published in leading journals and recognized with several international awards. She is the author/editor of five books, and her scholarship on African Americans and College Choice is considered seminal work in higher education. Currently she serves on the German Marshall Fund Board of Trustees; as a member of the inaugural Howard University Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Board; and on the Advisory Board of the Caribbean Discourse in Inclusive Education Book Series.

Presence in Bermuda, Brazil, United Kingdom, United States (Based) and expanding

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Emerging Scholar 1: https://youtu.be/kFuwcOEH6vI Emerging Scholar 2: https://youtu.be/WRYWkyz83z0 Emerging Artist: emergingartistexchange.info/ Global Student Exchange: https://prezi.com/se-ckavfx8sj/adc-globalization-student-exchange/

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ADC Facebook Info Page: ADCExchange.org ADC Facebook Group Page: ADCExchange Twitter: @adcexchange

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Is an arts festival creating innovative spaces in which to experience, learn about, and celebrate contemporary African art. Founded by Ifeanyi Awachie at Yale University, AFRICA SALON has presented multimedia exhibitions, screenings of award-winning films, “unpanels,” fashion shows, live performances, and sweaty afrobeats parties with an eye toward elevating African voices and promoting intellectual and personal engagement with African art. Artists from the continent and diaspora who have participated in AFRICA SALON include Angélique Kidjo, Thomas Mapfumo, Shingai Shoniwa, Blitz the Ambassador, Just A Band, Jean Grae, ruby onyinyechi amanze, andAFRICA SALON has hosted two successful festivals at Yale in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016, partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to co-produce the event Creation as Ritual: Performing Disguise. With a distinctively warm, lively, and progressive atmosphere, AFRICA SALON creates needed spaces for Africans, diasporans, and others to engage, experience African art firsthand, and celebrate the nuanced stories of today's continent. Ambitions: Increase African representation in the arts and academia, destabilize the “single story”, bridge the gap between Africa and the diaspora, give African narratives the critical attention, interaction, and celebration they deserve. www.africasalon.org

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FIGURES +50 Artists and speakers featured +13 Partners and sponsors 6 High-profile festivals and satellite events +2.000 Total attendees

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OUR LEADER: IFEANYI AWACHIE                                                                    Ifeanyi Awachie is a Nigerian-American writer and curator driven by a passion for creating black and African representation through storytelling and programming. With a B.A. in English and creative writing from Yale University, Ifeanyi founded contemporary African arts festival AFRICA SALON while working as a presidential fellow on the Yale Africa Initiative. Ifeanyi is author of Summer in Igboland, a work of personal nonfiction and documentary photography based on her experience visiting her birth country, Nigeria, for the first time. She won the Tristan Perlroth Prize for Summer Foreign Travel to support her research. Ifeanyi has also worked as a spoken word poet and teaching artist. In 2015, she founded Literary Happy Hour, a reading and performance series for writers of color in New Haven, Connecticut, which she developed into a grant-funded program and successfully embedded in the local community. Ifeanyi is currently pursuing an M.A. in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, University of London.

https://vimeo.com/125723917 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlwXSP33o6w 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter and Instagram @ifeanyiawachie. LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/ifeanyiawachie Facebook.com/yaleafricasalon

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Afroféminas was born as an alternative online publication, due to the scarce and stereotyped representation of the black community in Spain and in the Spanish-speaking world in the conventional media. It has become in a virtual space of empowerment and encounter between different voices that are part of collective (women afro-descendents who speak spanish), so diverse and rich in nuances, opinions and sensibilities. The intention of its creator, Antoinette Torres Sole is, be a tool for job creation and social transformation through netwoking. Our lines of action are: - Afrofeminism - Childhood and new generations - Promotion of company and afroculture. https://afrofeminas.com

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OUR LEADER: LUCÍA ASUÉ MBOMÍO RUBIO

FIGURES 2.000 Daily readings of our texts +4.500 Followers on Twitter 70.000 Visits per month to https://afrofeminas.com

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3_zNqwVwGh4Sa38mzFylkQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4zTPJZJIIM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-hBi9jc1hc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02N-HNz2uV8

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook.com/Afrofeminas Instagram: @Afrofeminas Twitter: @Afrofeminas

Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio is spanish journalist with a degree in journalism from the Complutense University, also she has a degree in directing and screenwriting at the Madrid Film Institute, and a Master’s in International Development and Assistance at the Complutense Institute of International Studies. She has worked in TELEMADRID, Antena 3, TVGE(Television of Equatorial Guinea) and Movistar TV, where she has carried out her usual work as a journalist, director and screenwriter. In addition to collaborate with two of media mentioned above, she is a reporter on national public television, TVE1, where she has participated in important spaces such as "Spanish in the World", currently,she is in the daily program "Here on the Hearth". Her journalistic work has always been with social purposes, she has collaborated in conferences, workshops and doing audiovisual pieces with UNICEF, FNUAP, Internacional Amnesty, ACPP, Biriaelet (A NGO who works with women from Equatorial Guinea), Cine Festival African in Cordoba, Africa Film in London. For a year she has given talks about media and afrodescendants in collaboration with the Africa House, Afroconciencia, Leon University, German University of Munster and the organization diverse orbit.

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

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AFROIBEROAMERICA is an independent firm which provides strategic consulting services and which specializes in cultural capital management of African heritage. We believe, overall, that African and Afro-descendant communities make up an important cultural region that has great potential and a future in global business. We help our clients with key issues in the areas of Strategy, Marketing, Organization, Operations, and Information Technology. As a Think Tank we develop strategies to promote innovative policies and opportunities, grounded in the competitive identity of the communities and territories. We work with companies, governments, and other institutions to help connect these communities with the global economy and to develop better strategies, which are then implemented into action. We are results-oriented and always deliver to our clients. Furthermore, we dedicate a great amount of our time and resources to our non-profit arm, which serves to address social issues in our area of work. Our services: - Marketing and Strategy - Operations Information Technology

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www.afroiberoamerica.com

OUR LEADER: PEDRO MARTÍN

FIGURES: Independent consulting firm Work in the African, European, and American markets Strategic partners and collaborators with the network/course UNESCO Afroiberoamerican Studies Network of specialists in multiple fields 

Telecommunications engineer with a back- ground in the areas of Economics, Market Research, Marketing Administration, and International Relations. PH.d. in Information and Knowledge Society, with experience in digital culture research. Pedro has partici- pated in numerous important innovative projects in the digital field, all of which have been completed with excellence. His contributions can be seen in the creation of Spain’s first internet banking system, the first online store for a leading iberoameri- can telephone company, Portugal’s first B2B website for professional PYMES services, Portugal’s first real estate websi- te, and the first volunteer platform in the iberoamerican region. He works as a consultant and advisor to public and private organizations where he provides advice concerning strategy, organization, and effective operations, currently with a great focus on cultural industries.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: http://afroiberoamerica.com/category/afro-ideas

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Facebook.com/afroibam Instagram @afroibam Twitter @afroibam

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Focused on the professionalization of young people, reintegration into the labor market and conflict mediation through art and culture in general - resulting in unprecedented before improbable unions between ex-traffickers and the police, famous artists and slum dwellers -, AfroReggae turned 23 in 2016. The cultural group has been developing a key role in the recent social changes in Rio de Janeiro and in the country. At this time, development and expansion of the 37 projects in operation in Brazil. AfroReggae awakens artistic potential in young people, creating new opportunities for cultural development, and rescuing many away from a possible involvement with the crime. Besides, the Employability project, one of the flagships of the group, welcomes those who abandon crime, reentering ex- offenders as well as residents of the communities into the labor market, through partnerships with the private sector. Action lines 1. Labor inclusion and employability 2. Afro-brazilian art and culture 3. Youth and education

Estamos convencidos de que la inclusión efectiva de las comunidades étnicas y exclui- das depende de la calidad de su liderazgo individual y colectivo. Nuestros programas se centran en formar, conectar y posicionar esos liderazgos para buscar la incidencia efectiva y cambios en las WWW.AFROREGGAE.ORG relaciones de poder.

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OUR LEADER:

Nuestras líneas de

José Pereira de Oliveira Junior

FIGURES: 4 Cultural Community Center 52 Projects in operation in Brasil 1 Agency of re-integration into the labor market

9 Artistics Groups 24 Cultural workshops artistic training 1 Representative Office in Sao Paulo

Was born on July 2, 1968 and raised in the center of Rio de Janeiro. He had everything to choose wrong paths on the scene of crime and hostility that shaped his childhood, but, unlike many, chose the alternative route. The social educator, José Junior started promoting parties funk and reggae in the center of Rio de Janeiro, which sparked his natural talent as a social entrepreneur. With the appearance of the printed newspaper AfroReggae News, whose aim was to decriminalize the streets and spread the african culture consolidated, Jose Junior was fully aware that through art, many young people no longer choose the "wrong way". On 28 August 1993, Jose Junior was the first proof that their fight in Rio de Janeiro communities would be great. The slum dwellers suffered a massacre that killed 21 innocent in Vicar General. A month after the tragedy, he began a work that began a new form of education and decriminalization of the city, especially in favelas. Then he called his initiative Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, GCAR, it began offering waste recycling workshops, percussion and dance african within the favela, so-called Community Center of Culture.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: Manifesto AfroReggae https://vimeo.com/46157004 SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/afroreggaeoficial https://twitter.com/AfroReggae https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AfroReggae https://www.instagram.com/afroreggae/

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

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It's an organization that emerged in 2004 on the initiative of ASONEDH (Black Association for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights in Peru), which brings tools to Afro-Peruvian young leaders against racism, discrimination and the invisibility of Afro-descendants, through active and effective participation in the full exercise of citizenship and human rights. They work on actions that strengthen identity, leadership, human rights and advocacy among young people from Afro-Peruvian communities and communities. Ashanti Peru participates in spaces of discussion and advocacy, promoting public policies of social inclusion with the purpose to empower the Afro-Peruvian youth, developing a true community able to be in positions and spaces of decision making at local, regional and national level. They have regional coordinators on the Peruvian coast, mainly in the departments of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Lima, Callao, Ica and Arequipa. Lines of action: -Interculturality. -Gender. -Human rights. -Citizenship. http://ashantiperu.org/

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OUR LEADER: MARCO ANTONIO RAMIREZ

FIGURES 166 Young afro-peruvians

in the School of Young Afro-descendants.

60 50

National and International Allied Organizations. Young Afro-Peruvians affected political spaces.

+1100 Followers on Facebook +1400 Followers on Twitter SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/user/ashantiperu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtH_9PxNsaY&t=2s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biY81ipWPyg

Lawyer by the Peruvian University of Sciences and Informatics (UPCI). Student of the Master in Governance and Electoral Processes of the Ortega y Gasset University Institute, attached to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He has participated in forums for multinational dialogue and regional political advocacy in the USA, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Portugal and Poland invited by the OAS and the United Nations in defense Of the civil and political rights of the indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. Graduated from the Public Policy course with a focus on Human Development for the Afro-descendant Population by the Training School of the United Nations Development Program, Diploma in Public Policies and Interculturality, organized by the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) and he has a diploma in International Study of Public Policies and Rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendant Peoples, organized by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). With more than 8 years of experience in management of training programs, he has been designing advocacy strategies, citizen civic campaigns and urban interventions. He has worked as an assistant in the Area of Democratic Governance in ASONEDH and as Coordinator of the National Electoral Observation Volunteer in the TRANSPARENCIA Civil Association.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook /AshantiPerú Twitter: @AshantiPerú

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: VERCA is a non-profit organization that aims at contributing to sustainable tourism development in Mozambique and at building awareness in the communities of the value of its culture and environment. In other words, our goal is to solve local problems with local solutions, by creating more jobs for youth and women and bridging international markets towards local artists and others. IVERCA is concerned with the fragile condition of youth and women in informal settlements and rural areas, hence the approach towards a program that empowers citizenship, democracy and identity to these groups. Ultimately, lobbying for better education, health, water & sanitation by exploiting the existence cultural heritage these very communities own and have. In addition, our focus is the research of our history, the protection and preservation of African cultural heritage and the construction of African symbols and references based in the life of the communities. Lines of Work: • Tourism – Income generating projects. • Culture–Stimulatingcreativity,promotingarts,buildingidentityandcitizenship. • Environment – Urban planning, Water & Sanitation. WWW.IVERCA.ORG

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OUR LEADER: IVAN LARANJEIRA

FIGURES: 4 Tour Guides 2 Educators 1 Historian Researcher 6 Community Based Organizations 40 Artists 1 Community Library  1 Community Museum

Professional Tour Guide and Co-founder of IVERCA – a pioneer in cultural/responsible tourism in Mozambique. He currently directs and curates the Mafalala Festival and Mafalala Walking Tours. The Mafalala project involves community brokerage and social entrepreneurship. Ivan Laranjeira is a Mandela Washington fellow – YALI 2016, (Young African Leaders Initiative), co-writer of the book “Mafalala: memórias e espaços de um lugar” and as worked as an actor on Mozambican and international films, Magazines and radio soaps.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40l5WhidzI0 https://vimeo.com/152716066 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z71Twv5DIU

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: IVERCA Twitter: @AssociacoIVERCA

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

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IAyiba is a cutting-edge online magazine that seeks to break down perpetuating stereotypes of Africa, while simultaneously building a bridge between Africa’s past and future in a way that connects Africans in the Diaspora to those on the continent. We celebrate the complexity of the modern day African. Is a socially innovative digital magazine that pays homage to the past while pushing toward the future. We discuss local issues through an international lens. Ayiba’s mission is to engage youth through an interactive digital platform that showcases Africa’s growing role in global affairs. We highlight a new generation of movers and shakers who disrupt narratives through innovation, technology and new media, and spearhead the African renaissance. Lines of action: -Innovation. -Technology. -Social Media. -Entertainment. http://ayibamagazine.com/

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OUR LEADER: EYITEMI POPO

FIGURES Revista en línea. Publicidad en cualquiera de las plataformas. Comercio virtual. Arte africano y moda. Blogging.

+1100 Seguidores en Instagram. +3100 Seguidores en Twitter. SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6LQRgMODvE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eckqh_MGzgY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwbP1FoDDjU

Eyitemi is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ayiba Magazine. At Ayiba, she combines her personal legend of promoting African issues globally with her passion for digital storytelling. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, MA with a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Digital Media. She also holds a professional certificate in Digital Publishing from New York University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Digital Experience Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She is an Innovation Strategist leading the design and development of new products and services. Over the past 5 years, she has launched various entrepreneurial ventures. Her most enduring has been Ayiba Magazine, an online magazine for the African Diaspora. Her goal with any venture she leads is to develop human capital. That magazine has rotating internships and fellowships, where her team works with aspiring journalists to improve their writing skills and connect them to a network of artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs across Africa and the Diaspora.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook/AyibaMagazine Twitter @AyibaMagazine Instagram @AyibaMagazine

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Founded in 2009, BBALP is a non-profit, non-partisan international organization headquartered in NY with subsidiaries in Ghana, France, and Spain. Our vision is to promote literacy among the African people by building well-equipped modern and sustainable efficient libraries with the aim to bring the gift of ideas and education in Africa. Our motto is “With a book you are never alone”. Our Goals: - To share the gift of literacy with Africa. - To build energy efficient libraries starting in Ghana and going through Africa. - To furnish up-to-date, well-targeted books and periodicals to support existing library collections. - To create employment in the communities where the libraries reside. - To provide the right environment for students to study. - To provide opportunities for cultural and technical exchanges between libraries and communities. www.bbalp.org

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OUR LEADER: BISILA BOKOKO

FIGURES: 12.000 Independent consulting firm 5 English libraries in the continent 1 French library 70 Kilowatts/hour in solar energy

Born in Spain of Equatoguinean parents and raised in the United States, Bisila Bokoko is nowadays one of the most outstanding businesswomen on a global scale. Following her performance as director of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain - United States, she is consid- ered one of the most influential women of Valencia, due to her contributions to the economy of this region. In 2010, she founded The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project for contribute to education and sustainable development in African continent: “I know that being an African born in Europe give me the chance to have access to education and also, I grow up in a family environment where books and intellectual stimulation where extremely important for our personal development, therefore I would like to help others to achieve the same fortune.” – Bisila says.

using for each library

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://youtu.be/CbukLhpl5I0 https://youtu.be/SSxlYlIDKIA

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook.com/BisilaBokoko Instagram @BisilaBokoko Twitter @BisilaBokoko

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) was established in 2006, it remains the only community based, black led, human rights campaigns group that works at a domestic and international policy level to address the injustice in the way that the Mental Health Act is used against people of African descent from the UK's African Caribbean communities. BMH UK is the only provider of breaking news, policy updates and analysis on the issues of mental health, race equality and social justice as they affect Britain’s black communities. Our activities include web and print publishing, research, public policy, campaigns and events; ranging from small community round table meetings to national conferences. Titles that BMH UK publish include: 'BMH UK's The Solution Magazine', 'BMH UK's Top 30 List' of leading lights working in this sector and the 'Improving Cancer Screening Access for London's African Caribbean Communities Living with a diagnosis of Mental Illness' report. Action lines: -Health -Media www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk

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OUR LEADER: MATILDA MACATTRAM

FIGURES 1.000.000 Readers of Black Mental

Health UK's The Solution Magazine

+2.420 Followers on Twitter 15.270 Visits per week to

www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: http://newsvideo.su/video/5008762 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ3_Y1GJfjU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UubLogorLEA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t-Jmlg6fBo

Matilda MacAttram is founder and director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK); the only community based, black led, human rights campaigns group that works at a domestic and international level to address the injustice in the way that the Mental Health Act is used against people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities. She has presented written and oral evidence in a number of national and international human rights fora on the injustices faced by black people of African descent living in the UK. Her work has put a public spotlight on the need to end the highly coercive practices that black people of African heritage are subject to when detained within psychiatric services, and all other custodial settings. She is a fellow of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She sits on a number of high level committees in relation to BMH UK's work, and she received a number of recognitions and award from organizations including: The Black Women in Europe Power List, 100 Black Men of London and the UK's Black Father's Support Group.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: /BlackMentalHealthUK Twitter: @bmhuk

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Bravearts Africa exists on the African socio-cultural emancipation scene to simply “inspire hearts through the arts.” We believe that the creative and performance arts in Africa is packed full with works that are beautiful, powerful and bold enough to go on to inspire hearty responses. So, we set out to showcase these fascinating literary and art works, plus amazing people in Africa’s diverse fields of the arts. We are all the more excited with showcasing Africa’s new generation of voices. And this beautiful feat is achieved through our three distinct media platforms—that is: • through literary, art, opinion, review and interview blogposts via our Online Mag; • through releases of arts-oriented PDF publications, such as literary and art e-magazines, chapbooks & anthologies, called Publisher Issues; and, • through audio podcasts of arts-inclined interviews, readings and spoken word poetry performances on Bravearts Africa Radio (our SoundCloud Platform). www.BraveartsAfrica.WordPress.com

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OUR LEADERS: KAYODE OLLA

FIGURES 6 Team Members 6 Columnists 8 PDF Publications

(Magazines, Chapbooks)

11 +200

Interviews (Blogposts, Podcasts, PDFs) Literary, Art, Review, Opinion Article Posts

+1200 Blog Subscribers SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ1WjUIAMm7thwYIXKy5GeA

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook/BraveArts Twitter: @BraveArts Instagram: @BraveArts SoundCloud: BraveaArts

Holding a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature, Kayode is an English studies lecturer and a creative writer. He is the author of a novel and two poetry collections. His poems and short stories have appeared on national and international litmags such as Brittle Paper, Nantygreens, Book Republic, Blankpaperz, The Nifeminist and so on; while his poetry book was in 2014 recommended as a literature course study text at Adeleke University, Nigeria. In May 2013, Kayode, together with his fiancée at the time Tola Adegbite, founded Bravearts Africa as a personal blogging outfit under the name “ArtBeats MEDIA,” to inspire hearts through their own creative works. Before the end of that year, the blog has grown to operate as a monthly themed magazine with a team of writers and a legion of readers. By January 2015, moreover, the ever-growing vision, assisted by a committed working team, has even broadened to be the definitive Bravearts Africa it is today: simply, an African magazine of the arts. TOLA KAYODE-OLLA A poet and a potter and a lover of words and art, Tola Kayode-Olla (formerly Tola Adegbite) has got her essays and poems published in major Nigeria’s national dailies such as The Guardian, The Punch and The Nation. In 2009, moreover, she won The Guardian Newspaper Annual Prize for her essay on the promotion of African languages. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and, in addition to her literary writing, has produced many ceramic works from her pottery studio Geovana. Tola is happily married to Kayode Olla, together with whom she is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bravearts Africa.

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: The CEAF promotes innovation, research, teaching, and public involvement in aspects related to African diaspora history, culture, knowledge, and customs. Today it is the first and only center that researches the living condi- tions of African descendants from the point of view of the African diaspora. Areas of Work 1. Collective Territories, Governance, and Autonomy 2. Inequality and Poverty (Access to employment and education) 3. Conflict, Post-Conflict, Memory, Reparations, Social Rights, and Coexistence 4. Gender, HIV, Health, and Poverty 5. Identities, Cultures, and Social Representations

http://www.icesi.edu.co/ceaf/es/

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: AURORA VERGARA FIGUEROA

FIGURES: 25 Associate researchers 11 On-line available publications 7 Realized events

PhD in sociology, specialized in diaspora and Latin America, Caribbean and Latino Studies from the University of Masachussets Amherst. BA in Sociology from Universidad del Valle. Profes- sor of the Department of Social Studies of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the University ICESI. At 28, Aurora received the Martin Diskin Award 2014 and the highest recognition from LASA, the largest and most prestigious academic association in Latin America. Also, she has been the leader of a number of investigative processes with black women and other victims of the conflict that has taken place in her homeland, Chocó.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/chnel/UCEb-72-zvSS8wu5eTo2TCKw http://www.icesi.edu.co/cies/working_papers/wp_11.php http://www.icesi.edu.co/cies/working_papers/wp_05.php http://bit.ly/AvancesCEAF

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: The Pan-African Center and the Center for Pan-African Studies emerged in 2005 from the realization of the need for intellectual empowerment of African communities around the world. Our main objective is to disseminate African-centered knowledge about Africa and its Diasporas from epistemological bases, away from Eurocentric postulates, which are common in most academic institutions. We also focus on mobilizing the African and Afro-descendant community to achieve progress in rights, political unity and action, and greater efficiency of our social entities. We organize courses, talks, conference, and cultural and social impact events such as the Book Fair, Media, and African culture in Spain. We fight against racism and restrictive migration and international policies and we are networking with Pan-African organizations to achieve a true emancipation of the African continent from neocolonialism. Our lines of action are: - Education - Knowledge http://www.centropanafricano.com/

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: ANTUMI TOASIJÉ

FIGURES +6,700

Supporters Hundreds of organizations in Africa, Europe and America

+1,500.000 Readers of our blog www.Africanidad.com

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ1WjUIAMm7thwYIXKy5GeA

President of the Pan-African Center and Director of the Center for Pan-African Studies, Antumi Toasijé is a Spanish Pan-Africanist historian and activist, born in Colombia and brought to Equatorial Guinea by adoption. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of the Balearic Islands and studied for his doctorate at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has lived and developed his academic and social activity mainly in Spain. He is the author of dozens of academic and popular articles on African history, racism, migration and social issues. Antumi has been part of various academic, cultural, artistic, political and social projects and is the founder of several entities. He was linked to the reparations movement for Spanish slavery culminating with the adoption of the Non-Law Proposal on Memory of Slavery, recognition and support to the black, African and Afro-descendant community in Spain in 2009, in the Spanish Congress of Deputies. He is also the representative of the Sixth Region of the African Union in Spain and the promoter of the New Universal Calendar of Human Rights.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: /CentroPanafricano Twitter: @cpanafricano

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Ebony English is working to improve language ability and empower black youth in Brazil. Speaking a second language is an advantage that can make it possible for an individual to compete towards an international career, scholarship programs, a better career and increase the ability to speak about our culture, for ourselves. Ebony English uses innovative methods incorporating historical, contemporary and cultural references towards making the learning process of language acquisition easier & relevant to our society. Our Mission is connect the African diaspora’s people and spread positive images of black people; improving their self-esteem, breaking social boundaries and helping to eradicate racism in our society. Our lines of action are: - Education - Culture http://www.ebonyenglish.com.br/

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: RODRIGO FAUSTINO

FIGURES 100 Students 4 cities in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Salvador Bahia)

+1000 Students In all the process. SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRLOLVzqE9IDHNiBfnaLW8g

A seasoned Production Technologist who’s been working in education since 2002, Faustino’s work as the Strategic Manager of the institute mimics the energies being expressed by a large and growing sector of the black population of African descent (including black mestizos) who feel socially excluded from many aspects of Brazilian social life. A Sao Paulo born educator, who has devoted some of his career to bringing about social change for those black citizens who are striving to master the English language, among other things. Faustino started the Ebony English school -the first English language school in Brazil that teaches English with a commitment to including black cultural reference points – because he wanted Afro-Brazilians to be able to access better opportunities both within Brazil, and outside of it. And he saw that for many who couldn’t speak or communicate in the English language, their life opportunities might be limited.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook.com/EbonyEnglishBrazil Instagram: @EbonyEnglishSchool Twitter: @EbonyEnglish

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Feira Preta is considered one of the biggest festivals of African culture in Latin America. This year, it reached his 15th edition. In this fifteen years of the event that throughout the trajectory gathered the work of creative people who transform black culture into innovation for products, services, entertainment, activism and communication. In each edition, around 10 thousand of people have the opportunity to find in one place different entrepreneurial initiatives developed and generated by black people. Action lines: -

Culture Economy Education Technology www.feirapreta.com.br

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: ADRIANA BARBOSA

FIGURES 15 Editions +140.000 Attendants 700 Speakers 600 Artist

Cultural producer and management which works by converting the afro market in a new model of development for the black population of Brazil. Founded in 2002 by Adriana Barbosa, leader in ethnic entrepreneurship, this institute launches an annual Fair aimed at the promotion of cultural expressions, products and services from the black populations of their country. In addition to having done the Trophy creditor Zumbi of Palmares (Nov/2006), and the prize Expedition Artemisia - Social Entrepreneurs, Feira Preta has been awarded by the State Secretariat of Culture of São Paulo (2008), thanks to its contribution to the social equity in Brazil. Adriana Barbosa, listed as one of the 1,000 in uential women by Goldman Sachs.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04m93ifw4hU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L7wg6DQAPI

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram @feirapretaoficial Twitter: @feirapreta

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE:

We are convinced that the effective inclusion of marginalized and ethnic communities depends on the quality of their collective and individual leadership. Our programs focus on forming, connecting, positioning, and visibilizing these leaders. We look to influence the management of the development of territories in violent and vulnerable positions, through the generation of new collective projects that use existing human capital and community strength. Our lines of work are: - Government and citizenship - Youth and education - Economy and community innovation - Culture, knowledge, and diaspora These are the visible and effective hands that we hope for in one or two decades, that are achieving small changes through their community initiatives, and are also achieving change through positions of power at the national, regional, and local level among the economic, social, political, and cultural elite of Colombia. WWW.MANOSVISIBLES.ORG

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

FIGURES: 1400 Grassroots leaders from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Colombia

400 70 40

Local organizations National and international tutors Partner organizations (universities, banks, and others)

OUR LEADER: PAULA MORENO ZAPATA Colombian industrial engineer and Bachelor’s in Italian langua- ge and culture, MPhil in Philoso- phy of Management from Cam- bridge, with studies in urban planning and leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Tech- nology (MIT) and Yale University. Former Minister of Culture in Colombia, the youngest in the country’s history and the first Afro-Colombian woman to occupy a cabinet position. In 2013, she was recogni- zed by BBC as one of the 100 world-wide women in leadership, she has received multiple recognitions from organizations like the Black Mayors’ Association of the United States, the Council of the Americas, the BMW Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the gover- nments of Mexico and Colombia, among others. Foun- der of Visible Hands in 2010 and since then she has led the organization. Currently, she is one of 15 members of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: Yale University Por Muchas Manos Visibles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZUhrHepTw Critical Issues and Colombia's Development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGH05yFAzrA ¿Quiénes son las Mujeres de la Red de Cantadoras del Pacífico Sur? https://youtu.be/D9ImXehEjdk

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook.com/ManosVisibles Instagram @manosvisibles Twitter @manosvisibles

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE:

The Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth. We believe that community knowledge can drive powerful innovation and can help make markets an arena for supporting social justice. CoLab facilitates the interchange of knowledge and resources between MIT and community organizations. We engage students to be practitioners of this approach to community change and sustainability. Our center has a history of 40 years creating networks with social movements, activists, academics, students and diverse organiza- tions for the generation of strategies about the development of new knowledge on social justice, inclusion and innovation. From 2007 we have focused explicitly in the wealth creation, democratic engagement and urban sustainability with communities. Currently we are working with investigation/action projects and collaborative development in: Brazil, Chile, the United States and Colombia. Our most recent project is the “Community Innova- tion School” in the Colombian Pacific Ocean realized with the financing of the Ford Foundation and the collabora- tion with the Visible Hands Corporation. http://colab.mit.edu/

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: DAYNA CUNNINGHAM

FIGURES: 1 Radio program 4 Action countries +20 Researches and collaborators +50 Online publications 40 Year of history SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE:

Dayna is Executive Director of CoLab. Prior to CoLab, as Program Director of the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collabora- tion between business, NGOs and government, she worked with leaders using profound innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social and environ- mental sustainability. Before that, Dayna worked as an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S., as well as civil rights legal innovation. Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, Dayna worked as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the South, and briefly as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Dayna is a 2004 graduate of the Sloan Fellows MBA program of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law.

https://vimeo.com/105586699 https://vimeo.com/145855272

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook.com/MITCoLab Instagram @MITCoLab Twitter @MITCoLab

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Okayafrica connects a global audience to the Africa through compelling content and high-profile cultural events. The leading media company of its kind, Okayafrica is a multi-faceted hub—a lifestyle brand, an online magazine, a bespoke content producer, and an events producer. Most of all, it is a community of readers, artists and creators that uses the Okayafrica platform to bridge Africa and its diasporas. Okayafrica is the only platform truly capturing the breadth of the continent's unprecedented youth culture boom. With a sophisticated, yet streetwise voice, Okayafrica focuses on the new music, art, culture, business, and politics of Africa and the African diaspora. Okayafrica fills the gap in representations of Africa by presenting a forward thinking, nuanced view of Africa today. Action lines: - Culture - Media http://www.okayafrica.com/

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: ABIOLA OKE

FIGURES +400.000 Social Media Followers 1 Million Unique monthly visitors

CEO of OKAYAFRICA, the leading media company of its kind connecting a global audience to the African continent through compelling content and high-profile cultural events. Abiola Oke, holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a focus in Finance from the City University of New York’s City College. Prior to joining Okayafrica, Abiola spent over 10 years in the financial services industry holding senior positions at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, TD Ameritrade, and Barclays PLC. As a passionate activist, Abiola serves on the board of various not-for-profit organizations including the Brooklyn YMCA, FACE Africa and MoCADA (Musseum of Contemporary Diaspora Arts). He is a member of the United Nations Association, New York Chapter and is a participant in the next generation of leaders & philanthropists supporting the Clinton Foundation.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://www.youtube.com/user/okayafrica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN8bzvwtipA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiS2D4-4608

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook.com/OkayAfrica Instagram: @OkayAfrica Twitter: @OkayAfrica

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There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE:

IPOTO POTO is an organization in charge of creating children's literature, editing afro-stories and preserving the story of oral tradition since the stories and legends transmitted from generation to generation. Children's literature has the potential to create lasting impressions. When books contain experiences and characters with children can feel identified, they foster positive self-concept of children and respect for diversity. Children's stories should serve as "mirrors" for self-recognition, as well as "windows" that help children explore diversity. Children's stories can teach children to understand and question prejudice and harassment and promote social action to combat injustice. In short, culture is an agent of social change that can function as an antidote to free minds and make them fly. Believe in magic and create it. Our lines of action: -Education -Culture -History http://potopoto.es

WE ARE LOCATED IN:

OUR LEADER: ALEJANDRA SALMERÓN NTUTUMU

FIGURES Publication of the story "The journey of ILombe" from the Afro-Centos collection that has already been bought by 350 people. More than 500 subscribers to our newsletter. An award from the association of Afro-descendants Kawanzaa university as a cultural reference Afro. Four appearances in national medium of prestige. An appearance in a regional newspaper An appearance in regional TVE +6500 Community in Facebook, twitter and Instagram of people and organizations totally aligned with our purpose and mission among them influencers of the editorial sector, artistic-cultural and political.

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://vimeo.com/227977055 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6HznIJ7FO8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTTyQ6iQVeI

Afro-Spanish with a vocation: "to make this world a better world". Multidisciplinary Telecommunications Engineer, with a master's degree in multimedia and communications and a doctoral research on: "Telecommunication networks adapted to isolated rural areas of developing countries". Their vocation has always been social projects with technological experience. In the last 10 years she has worked as technical coordinator of national and international projects in the field of development cooperation and digital inclusion through the appropriate use of Information Technologies and web development. At present she works aligning strategies and tools of marketing and digital communication, with strategies and tools of design and social innovation. Thanks to her technological-social experience and passion for the African stories s, "POTOPOTO" was created. An editorial project of solidarity that seeks to bring African tales or Afro-stories to the children of Spanish-speaking countries to maintain their cultural, while producing more diverse children's literature. Alejandra's purpose is to awaken children's imagination by recovering the forgotten tales of the Spanish-speaking Afro-descendant community, so that the children have more diverse references.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: potopotoAfro Twitter: potopotoAfro Instagram: potopotoAfro SoundCloud: potopoto-afro Vimeo: potopoto YouTube: https: PotopotoEsAfroe

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