Founder and Executive Director - Esther Armah.
Esther Armah is an international award-winning journalist, a Playwright, a Media Communications Lecturer, and a Writer. Emotional Justice is her vision and creation.
As a journalist she has 17 years-experience working across print, online, radio and television. Armah has worked with, and appeared on global media outlets including BBC Focus on Africa, CNN, MSNBC, GRITtv, BET and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She has worked in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, London, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, New York, South Africa and Lesotho.
Her awards include the ‘Community Award for Emotional Justice’ at the ‘Valuing Black Lives: The Global Emotional Emancipation Summit in Washington DC 2015’; ‘Most Valuable Morning Show Host’ by The Nation’s 2012 Progressive Honors List for her work as Morning Show Host on Wake Up Call, on New York’s WBAI, one of Pacifica Radio’s stations; and Armah was named one of ‘Africa’s Women Leaders’ by CMO Asia with 30 other African women from the worlds of Education, Business, and Entrepreneurship in 2019.
Her writing has been published globally in Ghana, London and New York in publications including The Guardian, The Weekly Journal, Essence.com, Ebony.com, Salon.com, and one of Ghana’s leading newspapers ‘Business and Financial Times.
As a Media Communications Lecturer she has taught at Webster University, Ashesi University and African University College of Communications. She has written five plays that have been performed and produced in New York, Chicago and Accra, Ghana. They are:- #safeCARGO, SAVIOUR?, Forgive Me? ENTITLED! and Can I Be Me?’.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board encompasses leadership experience, international education expertise, global reach, media heft, organizational skill, and fund-raising capacity. They are:-
ROSALIND KILKENNY MCLYMONT
Rosalind brings 30 years in the world of business journalism leadership to AIEJ’s board. She is Publisher of Africa Strictly Business, an online portal providing content regarding the business of the 54-nation Continent. Rosalind is the Executive Editor of The Network Journal, a leading U.S.-based magazine for Black professionals and businessowners. She is a past fellow of the European Community Visitors Program.
She provided entrepreneurship development expertise for the United Nations Development Program’s Africa Bureau; in Russia through the Alliance of Russian and American Women; and has served in various board director and advisory roles, notably with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She is the author of Middle Ground, the award-winning first “rebranding Africa” novel; the nonfiction title, Africa Strictly Business, The Steady March to Prosperity; and her latest novel, The Guyana Contract. She has been featured on U.S. radio and television programs, and has received numerous awards and citations from professional, civic, cultural, and government entities. Rosalind has a Bachelor’s degree from The City College of New York, a Master’s from New York University, and a Certificate in Language and Literature from the Autonomous University of Madrid, in Spain. She practices and teaches various fitness and wellness modalities, including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and her specially designed Trim Brulée total body workout program. She resides in New York.
Diallo Shabazz is a global education advisor, sustainability expert, and political activist. Over the past decade he has traveled to four continents working to advance civil rights and equality, sustainable development, education, and green jobs. Specializing in restructuring and launching large-scale social impact initiatives, he has held numerous senior level and executive positions across the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors. He previously served as Senior Director at the global tech company Infor, Chief Community Officer at the New York City Department of Education, and Chief Administrator of the District Council 37 Education Fund. Diallo is a former fellow of the National Committee on US-China Relations and visits China bi-annually to participate in the young leader’s forum. From 2011-2013, Diallo was appointed as a North American Civil Society Representative for the United Nations Environment Program to support ministerial-level meetings on the U.N.’s Post-2015 Agenda and creation of the Sustainable Development Goals. As a civil society representative, Diallo was as a delegate at the Regional Meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Switzerland,the Governing Council Global Forum in Kenya, and the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in Brazil. Diallo is co-founder and board chair of Birthright AFRICA, a non-profit organization committed to providing a free educational trip to Africa for every Black student in the United States to discover their legacy of innovation.
Georgina brings more than 20 years’ experience assisting both domestic and international organizations with program development. She has travelled through parts of Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and Africa. Georgina’s travels included teaching and leading graduate and undergraduate students to Africa for research. Additionally, she has led numerous special interest, leisure and church groups on cultural tours as well as safaris. Georgina is Director of Africa Travel Seminars, was Director of International Programs at Hamline University for eight years. Georgina won the Apex Award for Distinguished Contributions to Heritage Tourism to Georgia in 2012 from Black Meetings and Tourism. In 2013, Africa Diaspora Tourism recognized her for Outstanding Cultural Heritage Educational Tours. Georgina is originally from Ghana, West Africa.
Madonna Kendona is an economist with over a decade of experience working on issues of gender, social justice and economic development. Madonna is the Programme Officer for Special Initiatives at the African Women’s Development Fund, where she manages the organisation’s women’s rights advocacy portfolio covering 94 organisations in Africa and the Middle East.
Madonna started her career at Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and has worked in both business and social worlds, as Head of Business Development for Cape Logistics, an energy infrastructure and consulting firm, as Lead Consultant at New York University’s Center for Technology and Economic Development and as Country Manager for Reach for Change, a venture philanthropist organisation that invests in early stage social entrepreneurs whose work impacts children.
She is passionate about sustainable design, entrepreneurship and women-focused ethical fashion. In 2013, she founded Raffia, a womenswear brand that works with women indigenous textile weavers in Northern Ghana.
She has a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics and French from the University of Ghana.