Posted: 18 October 2019
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Mariam Kamara. Homegrown Series # 13. © Fred Swart

Mariam Kamara
No. 13
Niger/USA

She came, she saw and on Thursday, 15 August 2019 she conquered. Her lecture was one of the most eagerly-anticipated of the series and in it, she took us right out of the context of Johannesburg into the magical and – as yet – little-known narrative of her home town, Niamey, the capital of Niger. No, not Nigeria. She’s one of the continent’s fastest-rising young stars and her appearance during Women’s Month couldn’t have been better timed. An inspiration for a whole continent and beyond.

Interesting Facts:
She is also a software engineer.
She lives between Rhode Island and Niamey.
She’s the recipient of the Rolex Protégé Award 2018 and the Prince Claus Award 2019.
She’s spent the past year being mentored by Sir David Adjaye, which she describes as a ‘dream come true.’
She’s got everyone wondering what she’s going to do next . . . no pressure, in other words.
She’ll rise to the challenge with ease.

Video link:
https://vimeo.com/356645769