Betty Kankam-Boadu

Betty Kankam-Boadu, founder of ‘Inspiring Open’ a podcast for women in Africa and the Middle East. Image: Supplied

‘Inspiring Open’: A new podcast gives voice to inspiring women

From tech gurus to authors and activists, the ‘Inspiring Open’ podcast draws wisdom from women who inspire with their thoughts and actions.

Betty Kankam-Boadu

Betty Kankam-Boadu, founder of ‘Inspiring Open’ a podcast for women in Africa and the Middle East. Image: Supplied

Wiki Loves Women (a project of Wiki in Africa) is a champion of women’s stories. With projects across Africa and the Middle East empowering women with the tools and platforms to be heard, they have accumulated a vault of interesting tales from dynamic women who push the boundaries of what it means to build community and succeed as a collective.

These are the stories and ideas behind successful African women that will be shared in the Inspiring Open podcast.

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Inspiring Open is hosted by Betty Kankam-Boadu, co-founder of the Ghana Women Experts project that promotes women’s voices for commentary in the media.

Says Kankam-Boadu, “Despite all the things in this world designed to see women as afterthoughts, we don’t have to buy into that. There are no limits and there should be none in our quest to change the world. Inspiring Open reinforces the fact we don’t have to do it alone because there’s beauty in bringing many people along in the process of making the change we seek.”

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Inspiring Open was created and produced by Wiki In Africa’s Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard. It was funded through the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 2021, an initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut and other partners. Wiki In Africa is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. 

Says Haddow-Flood, “We are actively finding channels and tools to unlock the voices of women in Africa. There are such terrible stereotypes about African women, including the idea that they don’t contribute to the economy, world of work, new ideas and development, in this podcast series, we aim to disprove that myth and shine a light on women who are bringing ‘open’ principles, generosity and community to their work.”


A Nigerian poet, author, and founder of Book Buzz Foundation, an NGO devoted to promoting literacy, creating reading spaces, and organising cultural and arts-focused events, Lola Shoneyin’s works include three books of poems. She is also the founder of Ouida Books—an exciting, new publishing house for the eclectic reader.

Sudanese cultural curator, and bass player Islam Elbeiti, whose work has been featured on NPR, Yamaha, CNN, Public Radio International, The Mosaic Rooms, Voice of America, 500 Words Magazine, and Action Music Women.

Nigerian Professor Jane-Frances Agbu is a laureate of the Institute of Open Leadership; who holds an International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Chair in OER and is a board member of Open Education Global.

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante is an experienced journalist and activist covering Ghana’s politics, gender, and business. From 2012 up to the present day she has been working as deputy online editor of Citi FM’s web portal. She also co-hosts the Citi Breakfast Show at the Accra-based radio station Citi FM, together with Bernard Avle.


  • Anie Akpe, founder of African Women In Tech (AWIT)
  • Maryana Iskander is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Helen Turvey, the CEO of Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Angela Odour LungatiExecutive Director at Ushahidi
  • Elizabeth Oyange, who manages the Copyright Office at Aga Khan University global, East Africa
  • Emna Mizouni, a Tunisian online and human rights activist, freelance journalist, communications expert and business executive
  • Esra’a Al Shafei , a Bahraini human rights activist and founder of Majal
  • Hilda Twongyeirwe, a Ugandan writer and women’s activist 
  • Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt 
  • Mulenga Mpundu Kapwepwe, Co-founder of the Zambian Women’s History Museum
  • Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, a Ghanaian feminist writer and blogger
  • Nkem Osuigwe is the Director of the Nigerian Book Foundation

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Watch the Inspire Open intro video below: