The communal orientation of pre-colonial African societies; the idea that as communities, including the unborn, the living and the ancestors – We are all one- has been sacrificed at the alter of rapacious individualism, clothed in the misleadingly emancipatory garb of personal ‘choice’.
The real tragedy of colonialism and its subsequent articulations, is the fact that it has largely obliterated our understandings of what it means to be alive, to be human! To understand our interconnectivity to the cosmos, to our fellow (wo)man. To appreciate our own presence, in the future, the past and the present.
Intelligence Squared: Untangling the Politics of Black Hair at Selfridges London
The Beauty Project: A Return To Natural by Kathryn Ferguson.
Short film celebrating the beauty of natural hair
Last summer, I was invited to take part in a discussion, ‘Fantasy or Reality? Afropolitan Narratives of the 21st Century’, as part of Africa Writes 2013 Festival. I was joined on the panel by Minna…
Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren’t universal, including when it comes to hair.