Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s memoir “I Am a Girl From Africa” tells the story of a woman who, after surviving a near-death experience brought on by hunger and drought, is inspired to uplift the lives of fellow Africans through humanitarian work. A Zimbabwean political scientist and special advisor to the UN World Food Programme, Nyamayaro says her drive to help others was motivated by ubuntu, an African philosophy of recognising our shared humanity sometimes translated as “I am because we are”.
The book chronicles Nyamayaro’s journey as a starving child in the village of Goromonzi to a successful humanitarian career at the UN: advocating for women’s access to healthcare, working with African governments to combat HIV/AIDS, and eventually founding the viral #HeForShe initiative to promote global gender equality.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll speak to Nyamayaro about her story and the many causes she champions.
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