Artist Grada Kilomba, Portuguese futsal player Zicky Té, Brazilian academic Jarbas Vargas Nascimento and Angolan architect and curator Paula Nascimento are among the Lusofonia 100 Black Personalities of the Year for Bantumen magazine.
The ‘100 most influential black personalities in Lusofonia in 2022’ were announced this Saturday, with a public presentation of the list at the Teatro São Luiz, in Lisbon, revealed ‘Bantumen’, a digital platform focused on black culture, who repeated the initiative this year. of 2021 that created a ‘Power List’ of black personalities.
“Names like Ivandro (Musical Artist), Jarbas Vargas Nascimento (Academic), Zicky Té (Football Player), Paula Nascimento (Architect and Artistic Curator), José Lino Neves (Vice President of the Batoto Yetu Portugal Association), Alice Neto Sousa (Poet), Janice Silva (Football Player), Grada Kilomba (Interdisciplinary Artist), Mónica de Miranda (Artist and Cultural Researcher), Carlos Andrade ‘Artolash’ (Humorist) or Sebastião Coana (Artist), among many others, make up the 2022 list”, advances the organization of the initiative in a statement.
The list includes names from Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique.
“Personalities from different areas of activity were celebrated, from artists, academics, digital influencers, athletes, entrepreneurs and much more, who create a positive and notable impact on society,” the statement said.
Bantumen is leading the initiative with the support of the communication platforms Balai CV, Rádio Cidade (Cape Verde), Mundo Negro (Brazil), No Balur (Guinea Bissau), PlatinaLine (Angola), STP Digital (São Tomé) and Xonguila (Mozambique). ) ) who, together, chose the 100 Lusophony personalities, through a voting system that included “74 journalists and content producers, in six different countries”.
According to the organization, this year’s initiative also awarded three awards for entrepreneurship and innovation. “The“ Djassi Award ”went to Ricardo Lima, Head of Startups of the Web Summit, who stood out for his role in promoting innovation ecosystems favorable to Afro-entrepreneurs. The “Bantumen Promising Entrepreneur” award, [foi] delivered in association with Startup Portugal, to Nuno Varela, founder of the Kriativu community space, in Chelas, a social impact project that encourages young people to explore their talent,” the statement said.
“In turn, António Rocha, founder of the Smartex startup, won the “BANTUMEN Entrepreneur Merit Award”, also in association with Startup Portugal, for his incredible spirit of innovation and irreverence in the entrepreneurial ecosystem”, he adds. The 2022 honorees were chosen from a universe of more than 200 candidates.
“Celebrating and giving global visibility to the path of excellence of the Afro-descendant community is the motto of the initiative associated with International Human Rights Day to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, in which the nominees have a common goal. sense of representativeness and belonging among the black Portuguese-speaking community”, highlighted Vanessa Sanches, founder of Bantumen, in statements to Lusa, at the presentation of the initiative, in November.