Elizabeth Nyamayaro is an award-winning humanitarian and former United Nations Senior Advisor on Gender Equality. Born in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth has worked at the forefront of global development for over two decades improving the lives of underserved populations and has held leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women. I Am a Girl from Africa is her first book.
'Elizabeth Nyamayaro has written a wonderfully accessible and moving memoir that masterfully weaves her own story into the contemporary fight for global gender equity. Traveling with Nyamayaro - from Tblisi to Montevideo - is both inspiring and maddening, seeing all that has been accomplished and all that's left to do. Somehow, through it all, she manages to maintain an unwavering optimism - and a belief in the power of NGOs, education, collaboration, and even (gasp) globalism - that buoys the soul and reminds us that there's no progress without progressives, no light without the torch-bearers.' -- Dave Eggers 'From the first page to the last, I could not put down this book. I Am a Girl from Africa is a story that can uplift and inspire every girl and boy from every part of the world. Beautifully told, and beautifully lived.' -- Angela Duckworth, author of Grit 'More than a heartwarming and uplifting memoir, I Am a Girl from Africa is a story of millions of girls around the world - and a true testament of what is possible when girls are given an equal right to quality education. Through Elizabeth's remarkable story, we are reminded that education remains a closest thing to a silver bullet when it comes to gender equality.' -- Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, UN Women