Speakers Profile - Aminata Conteh-Biger

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Growing up in Freetown, Sierra Leone with her father, Aminata had a blessed life and was known as the girl who lived in the big yellow house on the hill.

All that changed in early 1999 when Aminata was captured by rebel forces during the eleven-year civil war. Held captive for a number of months, she was finally freed as part of a negotiated prisoner exchange where rebel-held child prisoners were released in return for food and medicine.

UNHCR recognised that one of Aminata’s captors still posed a serious threat to her safety, and with their support she became the first Sierra Leonean refugee woman in Australia.

On arrival in Sydney, Aminata felt lonely, confused and homesick. Things finally changed when, at her local church, she met the Dwyer family, who are now her spiritual family. Aminata continued to make new friends.

Over the past five years, Aminata’s story has been an intrinsic part of Ros Horin’s renowned theatre production The Baukham Hills African Ladies Troupe, which played at the Opera House and in the UK and has now been made into a documentary.

Sixteen years on, Aminata has built an amazing life – she is married to Antoine and together they have two beautiful children Sarafina and Matisse. For a decade, Aminata has worked in fashion retail, and is now living her dream as an inspirational speaker and enriching people’s lives around the world by telling her story and instilling hope.

And now, Aminata’s aspirations have culminated in The Aminata Maternal Foundation – she is finally able to give back and help women and babies in Sierra Leone and improve their maternal health.

“I hope that you will share in my dream that through the Aminata Maternal Foundation more women in Sierra Leone experience safe births and the joy of motherhood. Together, we can make this happen. Thank you for your support.” – Aminata Conteh-Biger

More about Aminata Conteh-Biger

SBS Dateline Documentary April 2017 - Daughter of Sierra Leone

“The documentary follows Aminata’s personal journey back to her homeland. It attracted a large amount of supportive public comment and is the highest rating episode for our esteemed, long-running current affairs program for 2017”
Bernadine Lim, Executive Producer SBS Dateline

Aminata Conteh-Biger talks about:

· How life can change in the blink of an eye

· A father’s love

· The power of forgiveness

· Letting go of the past

· Choosing a positive mindset

· Opening the door to possibilities

· Daring to be different

· Inspiring others