Aoua Kéita, Midwife, Writer, Politician, and Independence Activist:
Born on 12 July 1912, in Bamako, South Sudan Aoua studied to be a midwife in Dakar, Senegal and eventually went on to work for the French colonial government in Mali.
In 1953 after marrying her first husband, she grew an interest in politics and joined the Rassemblement Démocratique Africain, a multinational political party that played a vital role in the decolonization of the French Colonies in Africa.
As punishment for her anti-colonial activism, the colonial government sent to increasingly more remote locations to serve as a midwife. But that didn’t stop her persistence and dedication to the cause of decolonization.
In 1960, when Mali gained independence from its French colonizers, she was elected to serve as the only woman in the new National Assembly.
Keshav Kant, aka Mx. KantEven, is a med student tuned Executive Director of Off Colour!
You’ve probably seen her on Twitter and TikTok, both @MxKantEven, or caught her work on Off Colour's many channels.
From consulting on films & shows, manuscript review, conducting interviews, or hosting podcasts & panels, if there is some way to bring sensitivity and authenticity to diversity, inclusion and equity conversations, Keshav will be there.