Lisette Mibo
Founder & CEO
Born in Kinshasa, Lisette Mibo has lived in the United Kingdom (UK) since the age of 14. She has a BA in Criminology & Sociology and, as a model, has won numerous awards, including the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Award (BEFFTA) in 2012. Recently, she gave a TEDx Talk entitled, “Living On the Edge,” where she recounted her journey from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the UK. Her inspiring story shows the necessity for everyone to strive forward, in spite of life's challenges. Moved by the urge to put people together, Lisette Mibo founded Passion for Motherland (PFM) Showcase in 2013, a Platform with the objective to raise funds and awareness intended to support existing organisations running empowering projects at grassroots level in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In December 2015, however, Lisette travelled back to Kinshasa, to pay her last respects to her grandmother, a woman who had played a key role in her life. Whilst there, she realised just how dreadful the situation of street children living in Kinshasa was. And this decision has given birth to a new mission for Passion for Motherland as a non-profit organisation, which will commit to empower both street boys and girls in Kinshasa through education, skills acquisition, micro-economic loans, medical assistant, just to name a few. Lisette believes into the principle of sending the elevator down to bring more people up.
Theodore Menelik-Mfuni
Sociologist and a Congolese citizen, he founded Menelik Education in 2003, a charity working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a branch in Cambridge, UK. The foundation focuses on providing information, reflection and action on human sustainable development, national and international solidarity, human rights, gender equality and other subjects. Theodore also helps bring African music talent to the world, including Kanda Bongo Man, the Bundu Boys, Kekele, Anna Mudeka, Mose Fanfan, Kandido Fabre, Henry Fiol, 4 Etoiles, and Africando to name but a few. Theodore is a lecturer in Education and Development at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and a visiting lecturer at the Institute Superieur de Statistique of Kinshasa (DRC).
Alimatu Dimonekene
Alimatu Dimonekene is a Community Activist and founder of ProjectACEi, an action group in Enfield, London, that helps facilitate greater working relationships between professionals and communities to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Winner of the True Hero Award 2015 for her work in tackling FGM, Alimatu has used experiences as a FGM survivor in working extensively with agencies such as UN Women (UK), the Home Office, Met Police, NHS, NSPCC and other authorities in safeguarding girls and women at risk from the practice. She hopes to extend her work internationally to Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia to support communities with strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. In December 2015, whilst attending Africa’s First End Child Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, Alimatu was invited by the African Union to host Youth Panel discussions in order to look at ways of combating Child and Early Marriage worldwide. Alimatu made such an impact that she is now mentoring most of the Youth delegates she met at the Summit.
Estrella Sendra
Estrella Sendra is a media researcher, filmmaker, and festival organiser. She is the director of the documentary film Témoignages de l’autre côté,about Senegalese migration to Spain, which was awarded the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2011 for its challenge to stereotypical representations of Africa. She has made other documentary films, such as Diabel Cissokho: the story of a Griot (2014). She was involved in Film Africa 2012 and 2013, and in the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT in Spain, where she was the Head of the International Media Office in 2013. In 2014 and 2015 she has directed the Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF), which is the longest UK-running African film festival. She holds a BA in Media, Film and Journalism; an MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies. She is currently on her second year of PhD recently on Senegalese cultural festivals in the Department of African Languages and Cultures, at SOAS, University of London (September 2014- September 2017). She has worked as a teacher of Media and Film Studies at the University Foundation Programme (David Game College, London) as well as Marketing Officer for Francophone Africa from 2012 to 2015. She continues to work as a journalist, publishing in magazines specialized in African cultures, such as Wiriko and Le Soleil.
Andrzej Bania
After a career in PR & marketing for the technology sector, Andrzej co-founded KitGuru in 2010. Since then, he's helped build an audience of 1.5 million regular readers and more than 330,000 followers on social media. He helped launch Africa Fashion in the UK and is helping provide a successful growth strategy for Passion For Motherland.