AWiM17 : The First AWiM Conference

Event Details

Start Date

27 July 2017

End Date

27 July 2017


Birmingham, U.K.


Birmingham City University




Partners: MeCCSA Women’s Network, Birmingham City University
Keynote Speaker: Minna Salami
MC: Marverine Cole

The first AWiM Conference took place in Birmingham, U.K. with panels from both academia and industry. The AWiM17 Keynote Speaker was Minna Salami. The event which hosted 55 attendees sought to challenge the way media functions in relation to African women, and seeks to inspire, support and empower its members. The Pitch Zone was also launched to give attendees access to commissioning editors. At AWiM17, Channel 4 News hosted the Pitch Zone.


C.E.O & Co-founder, AWiM

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.