President of the African National Women's Organization
Yejide Orunmila (YE-JEE-day oh-ROON-mee-lah) is the President of the African National Women’s Organization (ANWO), an international membership-based organization founded in March 2015 to address the specific oppression that African women face as a result of colonial oppression.
Born in Brooklyn, NY to working class parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Grenada, Yejide, developed an international perspective of African experiences at a very young age.
Yejide began organizing in 2009 with the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) to address the high instances of infant and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, Africa. This included traveling to the country to work with other Africans to build a local branch of the organization. For Yejide, this project helped define the practical work that must be done to change the conditions that African women and children face as a result of colonial oppression.
A proficient writer, Yejide has written popular articles such as “An African Internationalist Response to ‘Why I will Not March for Eric Garner’”, “Resolution paper to the African Internationalist Conference on African Women” and “Ending the oppression of African Women.” Yejide has been drawing a line in the sand around why feminism must be abandoned by all honest forces who want to see an end to the oppression of African women and African people in general.
Through Yejide’s travels to Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and within the borders of the United States; she has seen the effects of colonialism on African people and the specific oppression that African women face.
As an African Internationalist, Yejide believes that ultimately what must be done to solve all of these issues is for African people is to overturn our relationship to the current social system which means that any struggle made towards liberation must include the full participation of African women, in order to be successful.
Yejide has appeared on Iran’s Press TV and has been quoted in Mic, The Africa Report, The Burning Spear Newspaper, and Telesur English.
ANWO has been organizing subcommittees to launch the following resolutions from their founding conferences: Uhuru Kijiji Childcare Collective, #ArrestCPS, Black Girls Wrap Wednesday, Ending Horizontal Violence and Building Economic Development opportunities for African Women.
Yejide is the proud mother of Najah and resides in Maryland.