Country: Suriname Industry: Natural Hair Care Niche: African-Afro Heritage Women
Mireille Liong-A-Kong, a Suriname native, graduated with a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam and relocated from Holland for Brooklyn New York in 2003.
Motivated by the hair and scalp issues that a majority of Black women face, Liong started writing with the purpose to redeem the beauty of natural hair with hopes to solve this problem. Her debut, also the first Dutch book about African hair care, was sold out within two months. Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy hair, her American book, tops Amazon’s list on the subject of natural hair.
My dad loves to tell the story how miss Cynthia would throw marbles on the wooden floor that would roll off the stairs distracting class. Of course no one told on her when the teacher asked who did it. So they all got an extra assignment as punishment but they can still laugh about it to this day. When Miss Mc Leod discovered that school children were hungry in Suriname, she started Surflandria, a nonprofit ran by women who would cook and feed school children one warm meal every day. It was a great initiative and I am proud to say that I designed the first ever website for Surflandria back in the 90's. Miss Mc Leod became a household name in Suriname and the Netherlands when she wrote the first historic novel "The price of Sugar". Even more impressive is her research on Elizabeth Samson, a free Black woman during slavery times who made her own fortune and only made it into the history documents because she wanted to marry a white man.