The Power and Significance of Afrikan Goddesses

I think if you read my blogs by now you know I am all things Afrika! So… Story time! This past semester I took a course called “Feminist theory” and you can imagine we talked about a lot of depressing things covered in equality and oppression. I had decided that I was going to have positive vibes …

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Reclaiming our identities through names: from Inès to Amata

{there is beauty. rhythm. songs. respect. dignity. pride. history. struggle. resistance. in my mother tongue. everything i forget when i borrow the white man’s language.} All transitions are hard. Nothing concerning change is easy. I know this because ever since I decided to, well not change, more like take on another name, it has been …

Afrikan women’s projects that changed/are changing the world and we don’t hear about.

A few days ago I was having a conversation with a friend and I remember telling him that "when I was young, I wanted to see Afrikan womyn on television just so I could know that even I could be and do big." I wish mainstream media would highlight these strong, influential and of course …

Unlearning lessons of injustice: The conscious decision of spelling AfriKa with a “K”

From birth, my parents wished and bestowed upon me blessings of wealth and prosperity through my name.  I am Giramata.  Born and raised in the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda- the heart of the fertile soils of Afrika.  When I was younger, for every holiday I packed my bags ready to leave my luxurious …