Onyinye Iwu Has Designed A 2017 Calendar Celebrating Women Who Have Inspired, Shaped And Changed Africa For The Better




With Onyinye Iwu’s calendar, achieving your New Year resolutions won’t be difficult as it used to be.

The creative illustrator and designer has made going through your calendar a lot more interesting and inspiring with her 2017 Calendar from the Queens of Africa series.

The Queen of African series contains the designed images and 100 words to describe every woman who has inspired, shaped and changed the continent for the better.

With this, you are encouraged to face your fears, stand on your feet and be great like the woman in the picture.

Onyinye Iwu is an Italy-born Nigerian, who lives in the UK. She loves to work on projects that promote Africa and African literature.

Her purpose of creating the series is to celebrate the feminist icons that inspired, shaped and changed Africa for greatness.

See some of her work below


Taytu Betul Empress of the Ethiopian empire during colonialism, wife to Menelik II, King of Shewa, Taytu Betul is an icon of strength, intelligence and real african pride. Taytu never shied away from political matters, from protecting Ethiopia's borders during negotiations, to heading an army at her husband's side and strategising the country's victory at Makalle, the most significant victory of any African army during the climax of European colonialism. She is the founder of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, here she assisted the modernization of the country which opened up opportunities for trade and new technologies. She was active in her role even after her husband's death, she looked after Ethiopians in the diaspora by providing housing and places of worship for communities outside of the country. What a Queen! ____________ Queens of Africa series One image and 100 words to describe all the women who inspired, shaped and changed our continent for the better. LIKE! COMMENT! SHARE!  #illustrator #illustration #art #artsy #artwork #draw #drawing #sketch #sketchbook #sketch_daily #blackart #blackartist #blackgirl #blackwoman #africa #african #africanwoman #angola #nzingha #queen #africanart #africanartist #instaartist #instadaily #instaart #instagood #Ethiopia #Nigeria #africanhistory #Lagos

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Winnie Mandela Winnie Mandela was South Africa's first black social worker, however she is known for her 38 year long marriage to Nelson Mandela. An anti-apartheid activist and politician, Winnie was the head of the African National Congress Women's League. Despite her many scandals and incriminations, she is still seen as the "Mother of the Nation" and praised for her role in ending South Africa's oppressive policies. Winnie chose to user her energy and skills to help people and fight for equality and justice for all people in South Africa. She said “Even being in exile really is a constant reminder of the sickness of our society, and that we are virtually in prison, even in our country. Those who are outside prison walls are simply in a bigger prison because the black man is virtually a prisoner, and all those other fellow whites and other groups that are oppressed as we are, we are all really in prison, in a bigger apartheid prison.” What a Queen! _________________________ Queens of Africa series One image and 100 words to describe the Queens of Africa, all the women who inspired, shaped and changed our continent for the better. #illustrator #illustration #art #artsy #artwork #draw #drawing #sketch #sketchbook #sketch_daily #blackart #blackartist #blackgirl #blackwoman #africa #african #africanwoman #nubia #hotep #winniemandela #africanart #africanartist #instaartist #instadaily #instaart #instagood #southafrica #cute #africanhistory #africanleaders

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Queen Njinga Queen Njinga (Nzingha) Mbandi , ruler of Ndongo and Matamba changed the face of Angolan history in the seventeenth century. Her story is told worldwide to illustrate exceptional female governance. Njinga took over the ruling of Ndongo after the death of her brother, the king; during his time she was highly commended having proved herself through various encounters with the Europeans. She is remembered for her tactics in warfare and espionage, her diplomatic skills, her ability to forge numerous strategic alliances, and her knowledge of trade and religious issues served her well in tenaciously resisting Portugal’s colonialist aspirations until her death in 1663. What a Queen! _______________________________ Queens of Africa series One image and 100 words to describe the Queens of Africa, all the women who inspired, shaped and changed our continent for the better. See the full illustration on my Facebook page (link in bio) #illustrator #illustration #art #artsy #artwork #draw #drawing #sketch #sketchbook #sketch_daily #blackart #blackartist #blackgirl #blackwoman #africa #african #africanwoman #angola #nzingha #queen #africanart #africanartist #instaartist #instadaily #instaart #instagood #music #Nigeria #africanhistory #Lagos

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