On March 13, as part of the Women, Action, and the Media’s annual feminist media festival, I’ll be hosting a live podcast about African women using media to subvert mainstream narratives about Africa: “African Women Storytellers in the Digital Age.” In true kitchen table conversation style, my guests and I will be pontificating on storytelling trends about the African continent, and the role of western media, social media, and the Diaspora in shaping these narratives. Join us live!
It’s only been a few months since the LFFF’s initial email to me, but judging from the film festival’s program, the organizers efforts have really paid off. It’s not every day I get to see I’m impressed with an organization’s outreach efforts (and results). So, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight A Few Awesome Things the London Feminist Film Festival Did to Support Media Diversity.
Check out these powerful films — Taxi Sister, KungFu Grandma, The Witches of Gambaga, and Ladies’ Turn — exploring the lives of African women through narrative documentary. They’re showing at the London Feminist Film Festival, which was set up as a response to the under-representation of women in the film industry. The festival showcases films from women directors from all over the world, including Africa.
The Femisphere is a blog series in the popular Ms. Magazine that highlights the many diverse corners of the feminist blogsphere. Their latest installment focuses on African feminism, and I’m honored to have been featured along with two other African feminists, Ms Afropolitan and Lesley Agams. But, given that we’re all Nigerian, have lived abroad, etc, what assumptions will readers make of African feminists? In fact, what does an African feminist look like?