Ousmane Sembène: the revolution in his portrayal of Afrika through film

"Europeans and Arabs have nothing to teach us about morality"- Ousmane Sembène Many times we talk about how art is political. Increasingly in the past ten years, there has been talk about representation and its importance. Faces such as Lupita Nyong'O, Issa Rae, the entire cast of Girls Trip and that of the the long …

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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 …

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 …

My children will NOT be lied to: Why I decided to give ALL my children female Afrikan warrior names.

When I took my first women studies course, my LIFE CHANGED drastically. Besides the obvious fact that you learn about women’s oppression, intersectionality and ways to bring about change, I owe my renewed strong love for Afrikan women to this course. Towards the end of the course, for our final project we were supposed to …