By Rafieka Williams for Genevieve Magazine For it’s fifth edition The Ake Arts and Book Festival focused on “This F-Word” as a theme. The festival highlighted female authors, artists, academics and performers working to forward the Feminist movement. Speaking to some of the guests at the festival, we asked what “This F-Word” means to them. […]Read More The 5th Element – Five Feminist perspectives from Ake Arts and Book Festival 2017
By Rafieka Williams for Genevieve Magazine As a leading name in African Science Fiction, Nnedi Okorafor is making her mark in literature by creating worlds that we as Africans never knew could exist for us. Her work combines the subtlety of African Storytelling with the technicality of Science Fiction, breathing life into our vague understanding […]Read More Five minutes with Nnedi Okorafor
By Rafieka Williams for Genevieve Magazine Described as being “subversively confident” by one of the guests at Ake Arts and Book Festival this year, Ama Ata Aidoo is one of the few female African writers who is both fierce in her stance on African feminism and gentle in her love for writing. Now, at the […]Read More Lessons from Ama Ata Aidoo
Originally published: rafiekasfauxpas.tumblr.com Yesterday I posted a picture of myself on facebook wearing a wrapped scarf around my head and a hoodie, I was looking rather glum if I do say so myself and only vaguely interested in whatever I was listening to. The picture was taken during a photojournalism class and my colleague Reuven was […]Read More Perils of a dark skinned Cape Malay Coloured Girl
Originally published by Wits Vuvuzela on 3 September 2015 We are all victims to the system! You wake up in the morning, to act out your gendered role, to go to work, to drive on the right sight of the road, to abide by the laws of the country that you belong to as a citizen […]Read More We’re all numbers to institutionalised power
People who visit Johannesburg from any other part of the country will always be overwhelmed by the fast pace and hum-drum of it all. This vast space of land with it’s complex social, economic, cultural, political and historic dynamic continues to evolve. However people may have the wrong idea about what exactly the city consists […]Read More The 15 reasons you shouldn’t be scared of Johannesburg… or should.