I, AFRICA™ 2021
The VAW Project
Voices of African Women
Identity encompasses memories, experiences, relationships, values, and all other aspects of life that create one’s sense of self. The task of identity formation is a difficult yet a vital one. It may even be lifelong. The VAW (Voices of African Women) Anthology serves as an essential ammunition for women braving through this discovery process. With this publication, through the arts (drawing, comics, painting, photography, poetry, short story and essay), we hope to transform the process into an unusual, amusive, rewarding, and an inclusive one.
To celebrate African Women’s Day on July 31—the I, AFRICA™ organization—would like to publish an anthology of the most audacious female African voices, providing opportunities for them to share their vision of a better, stronger, more inclusive and reverent world for all women. We would like them to not only voice themselves in perennial lines, but possibly in a virtual roundtable as well. By selling the most copies of the anthology, we hope to raise enough funds to dedicate toward a social project, in the following calendar year, benefiting women of the African community.
In this edition of this art collection, we hope to showcase pieces that outline identity—its development as recounted by you, African women. We want to know how you see yourselves; the internal and external difficulties you face when making it known to the world, your family, friends, to your own selves. We want to know how you’re doing, what you’re doing, your dreams and even your most daring hopes for the world; we would love to know it all. So, write it all up and send them to us.
In order to submit a piece, participants must fullfil the criteria below:
Up to three submissions per person
Submissions must respect the deadline (June 14th, 2021 @ 11:59 P.M. EST)
Participants must be Africa-born women or first generation descendants.
Submissions may be in any African language and English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. Please translate all submissions in African languages in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. Note that we will publish your submission in the language in which it is submitted
Submissions may be in the following forms: drawing, comics, painting, photography, poetry (up to 40 lines), short story and essay (up to 1500 words).
The submissions must relate to the main theme: AFRI-FEMME. Let your creative mind interpret it with the force of its own will. So long as your submissions represent your views, feelings, dreams, ambitions and even your most daring imaginations. In addition, they should relate to one of the sub-themes:
Pandemic Diary - “I found joy in…”
Sisterly Mailbox - Letters to My Sister
The Africa of My Skin