Binta Akibo-Betts has a career spanning over a decade, having worked in both the private and public sectors, starting her career as a Marketing Officer. In the public sector, she worked for several years as a Policy Adviser. Binta also has experience working as a Consultant with development partners focusing on Stakeholder Engagement and Private-Public Sector liaison. Binta is also an Entrepreneur with business interests in real estate, logistics and marketing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Fourah Bay College and an MBA from the University of Wales. She is mother to two children and a wife. Her passions include social media, writing, mentorship and philanthropy.
Yasmine Bilkis Ibrahim is the Founding Director of Girl Up Vine Club Sierra Leone; the first United Nations (UN) foundation campaign Girl Up Club in Sierra Leone that aims to promote the health, safety, leadership and education of adolescent girls though community outreach, advocacy and public speaking workshops. Girl Up Vine Club Sierra Leone was founded in 2016 and their main projects are menstrual hygiene management, digital rights and computer literacy and gender sexual based violence.
Yasmine runs a business called Mina Bilkis which offers services in language tutoring, translation consultancies and photography. She is also the owner of Ori which is an natural unisex shea butter product for body and hair.
Yasmine’s educational background is in French and Global Health. Yasmine is an activist, feminist, blogger and educator. As an embodiment of all four, she believes in nurturing and stimulating young minds and that no act of change is small. Everyone has a part to play to change their community and make it better.
Agnes Mimi Bangali is a women’s health and rights activist, feminist and advocate. She works for the United Nations Population Fund as the Programme Associate for Maternal Health and Family Planning. Mimi, as she prefers to be called, is passionate about young people, especially adolescent girls. Her work involves providing sexual and reproductive health information and services to vulnerable women and girls, and empowering youth to make better choices.
Mimi is also the Founder and Executive Director of Femme Collective, a platform geared towards harmonizing efforts to promote women’s empowerment in Sierra Leone. She graduated from Connecticut College in the USA in 2013, with a Bachelors in Biology and Gender and Women’s Studies. In 2018 she completed her Masters of Science in Public Health for Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she was also president of the Student Representative Council.
Mimi is the Head of Media and Communications for STEM Women Sierra Leone, which works to increase women’s representation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Her interests include entrepreneurship, technology, and politics. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Poise Media Ventures, one of the only female-owned media enterprises in Sierra Leone.
Mimi enjoys blogging, organizing events and freelance photography.
Fatmata Forster is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone and is currently a Senior Associate at the Law Firm of Jenkins-Johnston & Co, one of the oldest and leading law firms in Sierra Leone where she manages a team of 3 lawyers and staff. Fatmata graduated from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree.
Fatmata is also an entrepreneur, whose brand; Fatim’s African Shop strives to bring the best in African fashion and style to Sierra Leone. Fatmata loves all things African but is especially fascinated by the fashion and style of its different people and so her products are sourced from all over Africa; from Sierra Leone to Kenya, from South Africa to Gambia and from Ethiopia to Guinea. Her brand is meant for the modern African woman and so the pieces are chic, unique and practical for everyday use or for special occasions. Fatmata recognises the power of social media and uses it to connect with her suppliers all over the continent from the comfort of her home or office.
In addition to being a lawyer in full time private practice, Fatmata is a member of LAWYERS, an organisation of female lawyers in Sierra Leone helping to combat domestic violence and educate less privileged women and girls on their rights. Fatmata is a firm believer in gender equality and is of the view that a country cannot progress if half of its population is oppressed and not allowed to reach their full potential. She is also a member of PowerWomen 232; a network of female professionals and entrepreneurs which aims to create a space that promote career advancement and leadership development of its members through the provision of opportunities for networking, professional and leadership development, social events and community service. She served as the organisation’s Secretary for the year 2017-2018.
Fatmata enjoys outdoor activities and the beach is one of her favourite places. She enjoys cooking and planning and hosting intimate events and welcomes any reason to celebrate her family and friends. She is married and has 2 children.
Nana Araba is an Editorial Intern at Ariana Diaries and an avid advocate for all things women
and female. She graduated from the University of Ghana in 2017 and works with a STEM
organization in Ghana as a content marketer, handling social media and online activities.
Her passions include reading, writing, blogging and all things pink. She is multilingual and
speaks English and her local dialect Fante, as well as French and Spanish. She looks forward to a
future where girls everywhere will be able to discover and develop into their full potential, free
from societal and cultural limitations.
Drinking herbal tea was my saving grace tonic, because I was diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS at the age of 26. To add to these hips of health issue, around the same time several fibroids, the size of an apple started growing in the outer lining of my womb. With all these health issues I suffered from chronic debilitating pains for 5 days every month. So, I used herbal teas to manage the debilitating pain because the prescribed pain killers gave me unwanted side-effect. In an effort understand and manage my health’s issues and help other women as well, this fueled my journey into studying pharmacokinetic and naturopath medicine.
We noticed that most herbal teas consumed across the world came from China which were a mixture of herbs plants gotten around the world from countries like Nigeria to make add-on for unique green teas.
With my knowledge in pharmacokinetic and naturopath medicine, we started our own herbal tea brand, using only the freshest herb plants which came straight from the local growers of herb plants in Nigeria. We are able to do this because we have our own farm in Ogun state to grow this herb plant, and we process and packaging them using renewable energy and recyclable materials. My Name is Oluwaseyi Raji and I am the founder of Gaia Farms. On this platform I will be sharing my entrepreneurship and wellness journey!
Francess was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in Canada. She is passionate about issues relating to children and youth and she is the founder of Africentric Arts; a recreational program that educates and motivates children and youth in Toronto, through the influence of African cultures and traditions. Francess has a degree in Public Relations Management and is currently working as a Communications Officer in The Gambia. Francess has over 10 years of experience working in the marketing and healthcare industry. She is a mother and a social butterfly. She also enjoys writing, poetry, travelling and planning events.