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‘Dispatches from Afropolis’: An Anthology
We are seeking submissions for an anthology of written work intended for publication in Fall 2014. The book will be self-published. The beating heart of this anthology, entitled Dispatches from Afropolis, will be an exploration of the question, “What is an Afropolitan?”* The publication will provide diverse and critical perspectives that will serve to answer, expand our understanding and challenge this compelling question and how it informs (or does not inform) the diverse experiences of African immigrants.
We invite individuals to submit previously unpublished works that critically engage the contours and depth of African experiences and identities. We seek primarily English-language** submissions that explore how African immigrant identities intersect with race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexuality, citizenship, language, religion, privilege etc. We welcome submissions from self-identified Africans from all parts of the continent (including North Africa), Africans living and/or working on the continent or abroad, first or second generation Africans born and/or raised abroad, and all of the above.
We seek essays, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, photography and artwork. We highly encourage candor, humor and openness in all submissions. We encourage writers and artists to ask tough questions and address realities as they see and experience them. All submissions are welcome as are any questions regarding the scope and content of the anthology. We firmly believe that all identities are at their core fluid, dynamic, ever-changing and we hope that potential contributors to this work will feel inspired and empowered to dig deep, reflect critically and write/create powerfully.
We’ve seen Chidinma go there, and more recently, Wizkid’s collaboration with Femi Kuti showed us similar visuals to the landscape, clothing and choreography we see in this video. Even Burna Boy included some traditional dancers in his ‘Tonight' video (making the song ten times more memorable and amassing over a million views on YouTube). Now, Davido's latest music video sheds the weight of luxurious goods and Western-influenced contemporary music video staples, swapping them for a proudly Nigerian aesthetic.
Whatever the reasons behind this trend, I’m seriously loving and highly appreciating seeing scenes in these locally made music videos that relate to multiple generations of Nigerians - especially coming from young musicians.
Tiri has been on the grind dropping project after project. She has started to establish herself as an independent, incredibly talented performer and artist since her earlier work with Shappamann & Kus Ma, both formerly of Camp Mulla. Tiri has worked alongside international acts like Zone Fam (Zambia) and her work has been featured on Channel O, BET, Trace and MTV Base. This mixtape also includes some collaborations with Kus Ma, Kanja and Karun. Her latest efforts have resulted in this exciting new mixtape: Nefertiri “I decided to call it Nefertiri after the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, that is after customizing the queen’s name and mine, she symbolizes a lot of stuff in my life and just like she had her own empire I’m looking forward to starting mine.” Tiri http://waabeh.com/market/collections/179
The children’s literature prize for Africa known as the Golden Baobab Awards 2014 are calling for your work.
The Golden Baobab Awards for Literature were established in 2008 as annual pan-African awards to recognize and celebrate excellence in stories targeting African children. Founded by Deborah Ahenkorahthe awards the awards are the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book, the Golden Baobab…