La photographe ivoirienne Joana Choumali présente la série « Résilientes » à l’hôtel Onomo de Dakar (Sénégal), au sein de l’exposition « Femme Photographe » . A travers ses portraits de femmes, qui toutes portent « la mémoire d’une tradition esthétique, qui constitue leur sève », la photographe entend témoigner de « la grandeur d’une Afrique réchappant d’une colonisation morbide ».


Dans la série “inspirations afroféministes”, aujourd’hui : 12 grandes femmes africaines que vous devriez connaitre.

12 Great African Women In History You Should Know

April 27, 2014 | Posted by Runoko Rashidi

As a Black man and an African historian, I have found that one of the most inspiring aspects in the annals of humankind is the outstanding role of African women and their contributions to history. In this brief article, we highlight and pay tribute to some of the greatest of these women.  

Queen Ahmose-Nefertari (circa 1570-1530 B.C.) was an active participant, along with her husband King Ahmose, in the final defeat and ejection from Africa of the hated Hyksos invaders and occupiers. As such, she was regarded as a national hero and one of the outstanding figures in African history. Indeed, she was a co-founder of the glorious 18th dynasty of Kmt — called “The greatest royal family that ever mounted a throne.”
Ahmose-Nefertari was born a royal heiress to the thone and became one of Kmt’s most beloved and audacious women. After her husband’s brilliant reign, she ruled the land with her son, King Amenhotep I.
It would not be inaccurate to say that Ahmose-Nefertari was venerated, a practice that continued for more than 600 years after her death. To her memory was attached a special priesthood, who recited in her honor a prayer only used in addressing the pantheon of the most powerful deities in the land. Ahmose-Nefertari was titled “God’s Wife of Amen” and held a position as a priestess in the national religious center. It is interesting too that the surviving portraits of Ahmose-Nefertari are all painted Black — a sign further illustrating her great prominence.

Statue of Dyhia in Khenchela AlgeriaDahia al-Kahina, in what is now Algeria, at the end of the seventh century was especially active in the North African resistance to the Arab invasions of Africa. Around the year 690, she took personal command of the African armies. Under her vigilant direction and leadership, the Arab legions were forced to retreat, regroup and reassess their strategy and tactics for the invasion of North Africa. The Arabs were intent on occupying Africa, however, and as the military situation of the Africans deteriorated, the determed Kahina instituted a scorched earth policy of destruction. Her posture was that she would rather see the destruction of the land rather than cede it to invaders. Sadly, the effects of the devastation can still be seen today in the North African countryside.
Based on tradition, Dahia al-Kahina eventually took her own life rather than accept defeat at the hands of the Arabs.  Her sons went on to help lead the Moorish invasion of Spain. But with the death of this bold African woman ended what was perhaps the most determined and inspiring chapter in the effort to preserve Africa for the Africans.

10151683_10151924810656222_2021487113_nNzingha, also known as Ann Nzingha, is the great national figure of precolonical Angola. The extraordinary scholar John Henrik Clarke referenced her as the “greatest military strategist that ever confronted the armed forces of Portugal.” Nzingha was born in Central Africa around 1582 and her brilliance was recognized early on. The fact that she was a woman was not an impediment to her ability to lead. Toward the middle of her life, she became increasingly aggressive in her desire to maintain the power and dignity of the people of Central Africa. Indeed, her military campaigns kept the Portuguese in Africa at bay for more than four decades. Her goal was the final and complete eradication of the Portuguese capture and enslavement of African people.
Nzingha sent ambassadors and representatives throughout West and Central Africa with the goal of building a massive coalition of Africans to eject the Portuguese.
Nzingha died fighting for her people in 1663 at the ripe old age of 81.

The 20-year reign of the outstanding female monarch Makare Hatshepsut, beginning about 1500 B.C., occurred near the pinnacle of Ancient Egypt. This time period is a golden age in the long history of African people. It was a period marked by tremendous internal stability and a time of great international prestige.
One of Hatshepsut’s grandest accomplishments was a splendid expedition to the African land of Punt — regarded by the Kamites as “God’s land.” The land of Punt was in the Horn of Africa, probably encompassing part of Somalia, Eritrea and even Yemen across the Red Sea in the Arabian Peninsula.  A journey to Punt was perhaps the greatest of achievements for the monarchs of Kmt.
Eti was the queen of Punt at the beginning of the 15 century B.C. The products of Punt included ebony, frankincense and myrrh. Eti, a large heavy-set woman, was famously depicted in a procession with Perehu, the king of Punt, on the walls of Makare Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri. The original depiction is now located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Princess Neferure was the daughter of Hatshepsut. Neferure was raised by the steward Senenmut. Several block statues of Senenmut exist with the head of Princess Neferure emerging from the block. Neferure has the titles: “King’s Daughter” and “God’s Wife.”
Makare Hatshepsut’s royal titles included: King of the North and South, Son of the Sun, The Heru of Gold, Bestower of Years, Goddess of Risings, Conqueror of all Lands, Lady of both Lands, Vivifier of Years, Chief Spouse of Amen, the Mighty One.
Makare Hatshepsut was one of the mightiest of African women.

During the 10th century B.C. we hear of the deeds of Makeda — a near-legendary African woman. This queen had the qualities of an outstanding ruler and seems to have governed over a prosperous land encompassing parts of both East Africa and Southwest Asia. In the Quran, she is known as Bilqis, in the great epic of Ethiopia called the Kebra Negast, she is called Makeda, and in the Bible and in the popular imagination of the Western world she is known as the Queen of Sheba. These texts show an unmistakable image of a well-developed land characterized by the elevated overall posture of women. And Makeda was not an isolated phenomenon. Either their deeds or inheritance or both enabled such Black women to stand out singularly and individually.

Queen TIYE
Queen Tiye was the beloved wife of King Nebmare Amenhotep III, the mother of King Amenhotep IV (who as Akhenaten is one of the most significant figures in all of human history) and the mother or grandmother of Tutankhamen—perhaps the most famous king to emerge from the ancient world.
Tiye is one of the most interesting figures in history, even in the realm of love and romance. Amenhotep III and Tiye married while quite young and shared one of the great love affairs of the ages. The colossal statue of Amenhotep III and Tiye found at the temple of Medinet Habu is Luxor, Egypt demonstates a degree of love and respect that probably has no equal.
That Tiye was of great ability and powerful influence is proved by association with her husband in all of his ceremonial records. She was such an integral part of Africa affairs that in more than one instance foreign sovereigns appealed to her directly in matters of international importance.
The surviving depictions of Tiye show her with distinct African features.  And these depictions are numerous, found now in museums in New York City, Paris, Brussels and Berlin.  Indeed, there are probably more depictions of Queen Tiye than any African woman from ancient times.

It was in 180 C.E. that the first known Christian martyrs of Africa were executed.  One of the most famous and most outstanding acts of martyrdom, however, occurred in the year 203 C.E. and centers around two young incredibly brave African women–Perpetua and Felicity. The account of their deaths, known as “The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity,” was so inspiring and popular in the early centuries that it was read during liturgies.
In the year 203 C.E., Perpetua made the decision to become a Christian, although she knew it could mean her death.  Her father was frantic with worry and tried to talk her out of her decision.  His motivation is understandable for at 22 years of age, this well-educated, high-spirited woman had every reason to want to live–including an infant son whom she was still nursing.
Perpetua was arrested with four others, including Felicity, another African woman.  Perpetua was baptized before being taken to prison–a prison that was so crowded with people that the heat was suffocating.  For Felicity it was even worse as she suffered from the stifling heat, overcrowding, and rough handling while she was eight months pregnant.
The officers of the prison began to recognize the power, faith, strength and leadership of Perpetua and the warden himself became a believer.  There was a feast the day before the public spectacle so that the crowd could see the martyrs and make fun of them. But the martyrs turned this all around by laughing at the crowd for not being Christians and exhorting them to follow their example.
Bears, leopards, and wild boars attacked the men while the women were stripped to face a wild cow. When the assembled crowd, however, saw the two African young women, one of whom had obviously just given birth, milk running from her breasts, they were horrified and ashamed, and the two women were removed from the arena and clothed again. In spite of everything, however, Perpetua and Felicity were thrown roughly and brutally back into the arena.  Regardless of her own pain and suffering though, Perpetua, filled with compassion and still thinking of others, went to help Felicity to her feet. The two then stood side-by-side, dignity intact, heads raised high as all of the martyrs assembled in the arena had their throats cut.

Neithhotep, circa 3200 BCE, is credited as the first queen of Kmt (ancient Egypt), cofounder of the First Dynasty, and the earliest African queen whose name is known. You could even say that she reigns as a kind of godmother of Kmt—the greatest nation in the ancient world.
Neithhotep means the goddess “Neith is Satisfied.” Neithhotep’s dynastic marriage to King Narmer represents the start of the Early Dynastic Period of Kmt and the unification of the Two Lands of Lower and Upper Kmt.  Neithhotep’s name was found in several locations, particularly at ancient Naqada and in the general vicinity at the site of the royal tombs in Umm el-Qaab. Her titles were “Foremost of Women” and “Consort of the Two Ladies.” Both were titles given to queens during the First Dynasty of Kmt.


The woman named Hypatia was a notable scholar, teacher and intellectual born around 360 CE and died in March 415 CE.  She is regarded as the world’s first outstanding woman in mathematics and one of the most interesting personalities from the world of antiquity.  In addition to mathematics, she also taught philosophy and astronomy.
Hypatia lived during the time of the Roman domination of Egypt and was killed by a mob fanatical Christians on the streets of Alexandria.  Mathematics has a long and distinquished tradition in Africa and she is said to have belonged to the mathematical tradition passed down to the Greeks of the Academy of Athens.  Hypatia was the daughter of the man named Theon, the last known mathematician associated with the Museum of Alexandria.

Queen Amina SculptureThe great African woman called Amina Sukhera was a princess of Zazzau (now Zaria), in what is now northern Nigeria. She was born near the year 1533 and died about the year 1610. The Arabic name Amina means truthful, trustworthy and honest. Amina Sukhera was a fierce warrior. According to tradition, as a child, Amina’s grandmother once caught her holding a dagger.  As an adult, Amina refused to marry, and helped Zazzau (Zaria) become a focal point for trade and commercial activity.  She also expanded its territory. The introduction of kola nuts into cultivation in the area is attributed to Amina. A statue at Amina at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria, honors her, and numerous educational institutions bear her name.

Luzia is the name for the skeleton of a prehistoric woman found in a cave in Brazil, South America. Some archaeologists believe she may have been part of the first wave of immigrants to journey from Africa to South America. Nicknamed Luzia (her name pays homage to the famous African fossil “Lucy,” who lived 3.4 million years ago), the 11,500 year-old skeleton was found in Lapa Vermelha, Brazil, in 1975. The skull itself was buried under more than forty feet of mineral deposits and debris—separated from the rest of the skeleton—but in surprisingly good condition. There were no other human remains at the site. So we can say that the woman dubbed Luzia was an African woman in the Americas long before the advent of enslavement.

*Runoko Rashidi is a noted historian, a world traveler and the author or editor of several books.  He is currently coordinating African heritage tours to many parts of the world.  For more information please write to Runoko@yahoo.com or go to www.travelwithrunoko.com

La situation de la femme en Cote d'Ivoire et en Afrique en general:

"Une femme et une fleur dans un jardin; son mari est la cloture autour d’elle." C’est un proverbe du Ghana. L’image de la femme est traditionelle en Afrique. La femme doit elever les enfants, s’occupe du menage et travaille dans le domaine. Beaucoup de filles ne peuvent pas aller a l’ecole ou faire des etudes. Elles deuvent aider a la maison. La femme n’est pas du meme titre mais il y a un changement social. Par exemple, en Cote d’Ivoire les femmes luttent pour egalite de droits. Il y a une loi que l’homme n’est  plus le seul chef de famille. Mais beaucoup d’hommes resiste parce qu’ils diesent que cette loi est contre la tradition africaine.

Les femmes ont recu seulement 1952 plusieurs droits avec la introduction du droite de vote. En 2012 le president de Cote d’Ivoire a renouvele la loi et ainsi l’homme n’est plus le chef de la famille. Les parents doivent conduire la famille. Cet loi a declenchdee grands debats parce que le gouvernement est tres traditionnel et n’aime pas quelque chose comme ca. Avec cette loi la femme doit recevoir un libre choix de la profession. C’est un progres pour le nivellement face a d’autres pays. En general, la condition feminine juridique en Afrique est medievalle par comparaison avec les pays en Europe par exemple.

Pour terminer encore quelque faits de la situation de la femme.

En Kenya par exemple, les femmes font 80% du travail dans l’agriculture, mais elles recoive seulement 60% de l’argent de l’agriculture. Plusieurs femmes n’ont pas le droit d’avoir des animaux, mais elles doivent faire la majorite du travail. Seulement 1% de la terre sont dans la possession des femmes. 49% des femmes en Kenya endurent la violence, mais seulement 12% ont denonc le coupable a la police. En Kenya, toutes les 30 minutes une femme est abusee. Plus de 15% des filles et femmes entre 15 et 49 ans ont le sida en Afrique du Sud.

Dans la Guinee 99% des femmes entre 15 et 49 ans sont excises. En Ghana ce ne sont que 5%. Les meilleurs ecoles coutent 6000 rands (500 euros par meist) en Afrique du Sud. Moins de 60% des filles sont scolarisees. Deux tiers des analphabetes adultes sont des femmes en l’Afrique.

Mais dans toute l’Afrique les femmes vivent plus longuement que les hommes.

Portraits of African Female Warriors

La street artiste français YZ rend hommage à des femmes guerrières africaines dans sa série intitulée « Amazone ». Ces portraits font référence aux femmes militaires de la Première Guerre franco-dahoméenne qui, ont activement combattus face à l’armée française. Amazone est un projet en cours pour lequel YZ effectue encore des recherches au Sénégal.

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Portraits of African Female Warriors

La street artiste français YZ rend hommage à des femmes guerrières africaines dans sa série intitulée « Amazone ». Ces portraits font référence aux femmes militaires de la Première Guerre franco-dahoméenne qui, ont activement combattus face à l’armée française. Amazone est un projet en cours pour lequel YZ effectue encore des recherches au Sénégal.


Melissa notre Directrice Artistique et artiste digitale est aussi modèle
Melissa our A.D and Digital Artist is also a Model.
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Mélissa, plus connue sous le pseudonyme de «Meliyart Graphik» est une jeune femme charmante. Il faut bien l’avouer, elle a tout les talents. Après une enfance en Martinique, elle débarque à Paris,où son physique élancé lui permet de faire ses premiers défilés et des campagnes pour de grand joaillers. Elle, qui cherche dans son monde professionnel avant tout un aspect humain et un aspect visuel : « M’affubler c’est un théâtre » dit-elle. Son expérience dans la mode lui permet de développer son «œil », son esthétisme. Des valeurs aussi.
Vous avez sans doute vue passer ses œuvres. Souvent des femmes, souvent Africaines. Pas tout à fait réelles pas tout à fait imaginaires.
Des femmes digitales dans un monde irréel, ornées de bijoux, de coiffes, de parures.  
En ce moment, Meliyart est dans la lumière, avec des travaux de calques sur Photoshop. Elle illumine ses créations de lumières douces et dorées. Sa maîtrise de Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator lui permet de varier, selon son inspiration des habillages graphiques complets pour des sites web, des logos, des affiches, des flyers, des pochettes de disques.
Son expérience de mannequin professionel lui a permis de passer d’un univers à un autre et cette qualité, couplée avec un imaginaire très riche, un sens aigu du détail et de la mise en scène en font une directrice artistique originale et percutante en mode douceur. Meliyart c’est avant tout un univers, celui de la renaissance.
Une des ses inspirations est l’artiste hollandaise, Ingrid Baars qui s’inspire également de cette période pour mettre en scène l’art Africain. Meliyart fait le chemin inverse ,elle s’inspire de l’art pour créer une renaissance Africaine. « J’aime le fait de partir d’une idée originale et pour créer un contenu esthétique visuel. «Pour moi, l’art digital est une palette me permettant d’assembler un peu toutes mes compétences. J’aime que mes créations racontent des histoires, surtout les mythes oubliés. J’ai une petite préférence pour tout ce qui évoque la mythologie Africaine «
L’historien René Rémond indiquait que ce qui caractérise une Renaissance, c’est «l’apparition de nouveaux modes de diffusion de l’information, la remise en honneur de la culture antique (littérature, arts, techniques) et les changements de représentation du monde…» Meliyart cherche avant tout à se réapproprier ses racines. «Afro-descendante, j’ai besoin de fondations profondes, d’une culture qui va au fond des choses. Une culture autour des icônes et des contes. J’ai toujours été intéressé par l’animisme. C’est un des grands points communs aux différentes cultures Africaines, les « Mami wata » par exemple sont représentées sous différents noms et différentes formes à travers le monde «. Melissa, travaille sur une approche moderne de ces représentations. en recréant un panthéon d’Icones Africaines modernes. Elle trouve des techniques pour attirer l’œil et mettre en valeur cet univers onirique. Il y a une renaissance, l’antiquité Romaine, Egyptienne. «J’aime bien sur la plasticienne hollandaise Ingrid Baars, mais aussi des photographes comme David La Chapelle et Tim Walker pour la mise en scène ou Paul Sika pour la mise en valeur de sa culture». Sa priorité aujourd’hui c’est aussi envisager l’avenir et développer une deuxième carrière graphique comme Directrice Artistique, mais également comme artiste à part entière .Sur du print, mais également vers d’autres supports : tissu, packaging  … Meliyart par son univers particulier, son soin du détail et son œil affuté par la mode est déjà une artiste à part entière. Elle multiplie aujourd’hui les collaborations et est de plus en plus sollicitée par des marque qui apprécient sa «Touch». Parallèlement elle prépare une exposition à venir en 2015 : « Origins » qui lui permettra de montrer ses dernières créations, plus profondes, plus marquées. Signe d’évolution, on reconnaît maintenant immédiatement sa patte graphique, preuve qu’elle a fini par trouver son chemin. A suivre …de très près.