We talk to the inspirational Aminata Conteh-Biger on our In The Spirit of Things Conversations, Season 2. starting January 1.
Aminata Conteh-Biger is an Australian author, inspirational speaker and performer who is the Founder and CEO of a non- profit organisation, the Aminata Maternal Foundation.
Aminata was born in Sierra Leone, growing up in Freetown. Following her kidnap, imprisonment and subsequent release by rebel soldiers during the country's 11-year civil war, Aminata became one of the first Sierra Leonean refugees to be settled in Australia.
She went on to become a wife and mother, alongside working in the fashion industry and as a performer in the acclaimed Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe stage production.
Aminata is an Australia for UNHCR Special Representative.
In 2014, Aminata founded the Aminata Maternal Foundation in order to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children in Sierra Leone.
Aminata's memoir, Rising Heart, with Juliet Rieden, is published in September 2020 by Pan Macmillan Australia.
In 2016 Australian television's SBS travelled to Sierra Leone with Aminata to film Daughter of Sierra Leone. Daughter of Sierra Leone went on to win a New York Festivals International TV and film silver award in the Health/Medical Information category. It was one of the highest rating episodes of the 2017 Dateline series.
Dateline is an award-winning Australian current affairs program showcasing special characters and daring stories from around the world.