AfroFinns Nomination

Dr. Faith Mkwesha

Dr. Faith Mkwesha is the founder and Executive Director of SahWira Africa International ry in Turku; a researcher at Helsinki University, CEREN Department, Swedish School of Social Sciences, a Consultant on Diversity and Inclusion, a mother and political commentator on Zimbabwe. She is currently working in a Children’s Library Project Funded by Koneen Säätiö. Also, lecturing in new courses she has created on gender in Black and Third World feminisms, African literature and culture, African sexuality, critical race, African literature and culture from an Afrocentric, Postcolonial and decolonial perspective, at Abo Akademi University and CEREN department, Helsinki University. Her research and teaching interests are African literature and culture, gender, race and ethnic relations, from a decolonial and postcolonial feminist perspective. She is also a passionate advocate for social justice issues, specifically, black women and children’s rights. She is optimistic and believes in the future of a developed decolonised Africa contributing in the global economy and culture. Thus, she is an advocate for redefining Africa and positive representation of Africa and Africansin media, marketing, Humanitarian appeals for funding etc. Thus, SahWira African Resource centre is actively involved in a series of workshops on Changing culture: survival, resilience and transforming in Finland to empower multicultural AfroFinns teenagers, while, workshops for adults are titled “Decolonising the mind: A third narrative.” She was born in Zimbabwe, worked as an administrator and lecturer in Zimbabwe and South Africa. She graduated with a PhD from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her PhD in English literature and culture, focuses on Gender and the nation, examining how African women are redefining culture and recreating gender images. Her forthcoming book will be published 2019.




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Lukumanu Iddrisu

Lukumanu Iddrisu is a Ghanaian who moved to Finland in September 2014 to further his education. He is currently a graduate of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences with Bachelors in Business Administration. 

Whilst in school, he wrote his thesis on Thought Leadership which is a new concept that urges businesses and companies to champion and share new ideas that will solve industrial and societal pressing concerns to better the world and in turn make the inventor an influence in its niche. Thought Leadership is still a concept that is yet to be taught in school.

Mr Iddrisu was honored for his thesis by the Vaasa University Applied Sciences and also delivered the student address on graduation day.

Lukumanu is passionate about novelty and is keen on devising strategies for companies in a way to make the world a better place.

He is also a motivational speaker who shares insights on motivation and inspiration to better the mass.




Boniphace Elphace Kanyathare

Boniphace was born in Musoma, Tanzania on 12 June 1984.  He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Dar es salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2013, M.Sc. degree in Photonics at the University of Eastern Finland in 2017, and PhD in Physics at the University of Eastern Finland in October 2018. In 2017 he received the award of the best Master thesis in Finland by MAL and TEK.

He is passionate about developing the young African minds, a course for which in 2014 he took a teaching position at DIT, after his Master degree graduation in 2017 he was promoted to an assistant lecturer position.




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Myriam Munezero received her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Namibia. Having graduated as the best student at the whole University and in the Faculty of Science, Myriam got the chance to come to Finland and a scholarship to do her Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Joensuu. Soon after completing her studies, she continued on to do her PhD in computer science from the University of Eastern Finland in a project funded by the Academy of Finland. During that time, she also worked in several projects both at the University of Eastern Finland and at the University of Helsinki where she also continued to work as a postdoctoral researcher upon graduating. She has several years working in Academy of Finland and Business Finland funded projects, in areas ranging from natural language processing and generation, machine learning, to continuous experimentation, working with software and media companies. Her research in these areas has resulted in several journal and conference papers, as well as the supervision of other students theses.”


Obert Hodzi


Obert Hodzi is postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Cultures at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also holds a visiting scholar position at Boston University, U.S. He has a PhD in Political Science from Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2016), an MA in Democratic Governance and Civil Society from Osnabrueck University, Germany and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe (2006). He has previously been a visiting researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden (2018), Renmin University of China (2017) and at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (2015). His research focuses on emerging powers and global governance, China-Africa security and economic relations, and politics in Africa, and his recent publication is a book entitled: The End of China’s Non-intervention Policy in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Some of this publications on politics in Africa, global governance and China-Africa relations has been published in RUSI Newsbrief, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Modern Africa, South Africa International Affairs journal, International Politics and International Relations, among others. Obert has also worked with regional and international organizations in Zimbabwe and Kenya as a governance and transitional justice expert. In 2010, he co-founded, Governance Network International, an international organizations focused on promoting good governance and public policy in Africa. He also serves as co-editor of Democracy in Africa, a platform that promotes analysis on democracy, governance and politics in Africa.