In the month of July 2014, three friends came together to consummate their love for African literature. This auspicious encounter led to the birth of Afrikult. a forum for people to connect, explore and expand knowledge on African literature and culture combined.
Since then, Afrikult. uses their online platform to produce bite-size book reviews, interview writers, publishers and organisations, and open their opinion-piece section for submissions. Actively engaging with followers on their social media networks, Afrikult. runs various campaigns from their crowdfunding initiative to features to giveaways. Expanding their reach into the physical space, Afrikult. curate and facilitate workshops for schools and at literary festivals (such as Africa Writes, Southbank Centre’s Young Adult Literature Weekender and Writivism).
In 2016 Afrikult. launched their bi-annual ‘Words that Travel’ three-part event series focusing on Poetry, Storytelling and Rhythms. The series hosted writers and performers such as Inua Ellams, Irenosen Okojie, Chibundu Onuzo, Mara Menzies, Belinda Zhawi, Yomi Sode, Siana Bangura and Baba Adesose who shared their work alongside researchers Dr. Chege Githiora, Dr. Kwadwo Osei-Nyame and Dr. Martin Orwin. The series screened Lamb (directed by Yared Zeleke), Kwaku Ananse (directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu) and hosted a live concert featuring Seeds of Creation and Jally Kebba. The full day event included a publishers market, food court and the signatory Open Lit Space. For more information about the series check out our Tumblr site.
In February 2017, the Afrikult. team saw Henry Brefo (Editorial Director) step down to venture onto new and exciting pastures with his PhD research on Ghanaian chiefdom. Afrikult. is now run by Marcelle Mateki Akita and Zaahida Nabagereka; 2017 is also the start of an Afrikult. Internship Programme, more of which will be revealed soon, so keep an eye out.