‘Poetry meets Pan-Africanism: Africa Utopia Book Club’

 

This year, Afrikult. had the privilege to host a book club at Africa Utopia 2018 entitled Poetry Meets Pan-Africanism. We focused on the contributions of women poets to the Pan-African movement whose history largely focuses on male figures like Nkrumah, Sankara and Garvey or Senghor, Césaire and Diop when we think of the Négritude movement. Continue reading “‘Poetry meets Pan-Africanism: Africa Utopia Book Club’”

Afrikult. at Africa Utopia 2018

 

We are really excited to be hosting a book club at Africa Utopia later this month  looking at how Poetry Meets Pan-Africanism on Sunday 22 July at 12pm. We will be exploring pieces of poetry that have not received the acclaim they deserve or that have simply been forgotten from living memory.  We will be focusing on women’s poetic contributions to the Pan-African movement, so join us for this discussion and find out about some amazing poetry written by African women you may not have come across before! Continue reading “Afrikult. at Africa Utopia 2018”

Africa Writes 2018 Young Voices Showcase

This year Afrikult. was invited once again to facilitate two half day workshops as part of the Africa Writes Young Voices Showcase outreach programme. We were lucky enough to return to Parliament Hill School for Girls and work with a wonderful group of students.

Some Parliament Hill School students doing a workshop exercise

We delivered two workshops that focused on African languages and poetry, and African women writers. Continue reading “Africa Writes 2018 Young Voices Showcase”

Afrikult. to launch ‘Stories of Home’ programme for displaced people in London

Thursday, 26 April 2018

This year we wanted to extend our workshops to hard-to-reach communities and felt particularly moved to work with refugees and asylum seekers, creating a bespoke programme where stories are exchanged and listened to. With the wonderful backing of our partners, we are proud to announce our latest programme Stories of Home launching in National Refugee Week 2018.

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Participate in our ‘Words that Travel’ Working Groups in Norwich and London

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Trial Working Group Call Out

We are looking for educators, activists, academics, artists and writers to join us for a trial working group session that will discuss the uniformity of the current English literature curriculum at secondary school level in England, with a particular focus on the lack of African literature. The session will discuss the consequent issues resulting from the lack of literary diversity, considering what the impact is on learners; this session is part of Afrikult.’s Words that Travel Research and Development workshop programme that will take place in Norwich and London this summer term. We will be drawing on practical examples to highlight the positive outcomes of African literature being taught within secondary level education. The two hour working group session will be held in Norwich in late May and in London in mid-July. Details of speakers and venue will be confirmed and sent to invited participants ahead of the event. Continue reading “Participate in our ‘Words that Travel’ Working Groups in Norwich and London”

Afrikult. awarded funding for ‘Words that Travel’ workshop series

Friday, 30 March 2018

L-R: Zaahida Nabagereka, Keren Lasme and Marcelle Mateki Akita. Photo credit: Sarah Nwafor

We are thrilled to announce that Afrikult. has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to deliver our research and development workshop programme to schools in London and Norwich, all under the title ‘Words that Travel’. Following the success of the three-part event series Afrikult. ran in 2016-17, the team decided to turn the focus of the 2018 edition of the series to workshops traveling from Norwich to London and rounding-off the year with a lounge event.   Continue reading “Afrikult. awarded funding for ‘Words that Travel’ workshop series”

Winners of the #WhyBuchi Competition

Sunday, 4 February 2018

We recently ran an online campaign #WhyBuchi asking people to write in 100 words of why Buchi Emecheta is important to them, ahead of the Celebrating Buchi Emecheta conference held at SOAS. The prize for the winning entries were the relaunched titles of Head Above Water, The Rape of Shavi and Kehinde all newly designed by Victor Ehikhamenor, and published by the revived Omenala Press. We had some really great entries, that highlighted the impact of her work, the bravery she displayed in her writing and the humour she captured in the most challenging of circumstances. Thank you to everyone who participated, it was a pleasure reading your entries! Before sharing the three winning submissions by Mercy Mubanga, Nnamdi Ogochukwu Komlan-Dodoh and Tokunbo Koiki, we wanted to also share with you in a very few words Why Buchi is important us.

Zaahida’s #WhyBuchi
WhyBuchi? For me it’s the range of emotions that I experience when reading her work – they are intense, often bringing me to tears, but I am always left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude that she was brave enough to write so honestly about issues deeply significant to Africa and her diaspora.

Keren’s #WhyBuchi
It is always encouraging and satisfying to know about women like Buchi Emecheta whose life and work have impacted generations of people especially women of colour. They saw in her work a guiding light that helps them navigate in a world which was not always designed for their fulfillment. I am very grateful to take part in this movement of celebration in honour of Buchi Emecheta.

Marcelle’s #WhyBuchi
Buchi Emecheta seared my imagination when I first read ‘The Slave Girl’ in my early twenties. Her work demands attention, your silence and respect. Her death echoes a lamentable void in the African and black British literary chambers. Our #WhyBuchi competition has shown her voice still roars, her words are ablaze, at the turn of every page.

Mercy Mubanga

Buchi Emecheta’s work is important to me because it looks like still water but it runs deep. It has taught me that suffering, in many forms, is inevitable. However, I must not sit and pity myself because no one is coming to save me. It has especially thoroughly communicated that as a woman, my strength is not beyond my reach when I need it most. I am the very vessel that contains this strength and so I needn’t wait for a hero to save me. It has taught me that I have the choice to choose strength each time I am faced with a tragedy I have been made to believe only a man can tackle. 

Nnamdi Ogochukwu Komlan-Dodoh

An inspiration to all; not just the female folk. Buchi Emecheta was and is the definition of succeeding against seemingly impossible odds. Despite the circumstances she found herself in at such a young age, she exhibited the unique strength of the African woman and fought to bring to light experiences never openly talked about before. Her voice – weaved through tales of survival and motherhood – confronts and challenges us in equal measure. Her words remind us why the female voice must be heard and never silenced. I am grateful to her for lighting the fire for us to write without fear.

Tokunbo Koiki

My first reaction when I saw the flyer of this competition was a triumphant THOSE BOOKS ARE MINE! The second, was just how do they expect me to express in merely 100 words the magnitude of how significant Buchi is to me!?! Re-discovering Buchi at a time when I was dealing with my marriage breakdown gave me so much courage. As a single mother of one child, I was inspired by Buchi’s strength raising 5 children in a very racist and hostile environment. The ‘Joys of Motherhood’ gave me permission to be selfish in putting my needs above my child when so required. Why Buchi? Because in sharing her story, she gave me a new reality of motherhood, marriage and womanhood in a way that still motivates me.

 

 

Top 5 Highlights of 2017

Sunday, 31 December 2017

We’ve reached the last day of 2017, and what a year it has been! There have been some amazing titles to come out this year and we are looking forward to adding more exciting titles to our shelves in 2018. We have had a chance to reflect on 2017 and wanted to share our top five highlights of the year. Continue reading “Top 5 Highlights of 2017”

Celebrating Buchi Emecheta x #WhyBuchi Competition

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

If you’re fan of Buchi Emecheta or just getting to know the pioneering novelist’s work, we want to hear from you! Afrikult. is running an exclusive competition for the forthcoming Celebrating Buchi Emecheta event on Saturday 3rd February 2018 – an all-day celebration of the life and work of the acclaimed Nigerian novelist, who passed away in January 2017.  Continue reading “Celebrating Buchi Emecheta x #WhyBuchi Competition”

What is African feminism to you? | Afrikult. workshop at ourselves + others | Sat 25 Nov | SOAS

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

If you’re looking for a weekend filled with rich and intellectual debate and discussion on feminism, an exhibition of black women excellence and vibing to good music then you need to be at ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS this Saturday! And as you guessed, Afrikult. will be there delivering a workshop on nego-feminism and Momtaza Mehri’s poetry with time to write a creative response to material presented.  Sign up via engage@afrikult.com.

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