| Fuambai Ahmadu|
Fuambai Sia Ahmadu (born c. 1969) is a Sierra Leonean-American anthropologist. She has worked for UNICEF and the British Medical Research Council in the Gambia.
Ahmadu obtained her PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and undertook post-doctoral work at the Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago.
Ahmadu is known for her work on female genital mutilation (FGM) and, in particular, for her decision as an adult and member of the Kono ethnic group to undergo clitoridectomy in Sierra Leone as part of an initiation into the Bundu secret society. Contrary to the official position of the World Health Organization, she has argued that the health risks of FGM are exaggerated, its effect on women's sexuality misunderstood, and that critics are wrong to see it as an oppressive practice. In 2009, Ahmadu received support from one other anthropologist who decried how the anti-FGM movement has worked to marginalize and discredit the voices of dissenting African women.
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