Aoua Kéita was a politician, writer and an independence activist in the former French Sudan, now the Republic of Mali. She campaigned for women’s participation in the politics and became the first woman elected to the Mali National Assembly. Aoua Kéita was born on July 12, 1912, in Bamako, a small town in French Sudan. She was the daughter of a French-educated laboratory worker hailing from an influential Kéita family. The family was believed to be the descendants of Sundiata Kéita, one of the founders of the 13th-century Malian Empire.