If you’re looking for a site about contemporary African society and culture from a feminist perspective you have come to the right place. On MsAfropolitan you’ll find analyses of topics that concern African heritage women, opinion pieces and personal stories about the African Diaspora, African feminism, Afropolitanism, popular culture in Africa, masculinities, race, politics and lifestyle. Afropolitanism, in my view, is a philosophical outlook expanding the idea of African cosmopolitanism predominantly within Africa.
The “textual” objectification of African women
Despite the challenges and obstacles that African women encounter, and they are undeniably many, this blog is not a contribution to what I call the “textual objectification” of African women. That is, writing that makes it seem as though African women are mere objects of pity, facing a hopeless predicament. Far from it. With posts tackling contemporary topic matters through an African feminist perspective, MsAfropolitan offers a fresh voice on hot topics, to motivate, learn, share and to provide a nuanced and vibrant view of African heritage womanhood.
Mind you, MsAfropolitan is not a blog that uncritically celebrates the African woman and her achievements, which, although many, don’t paint the full picture nor encourage dialogue and solutions. Rather, my hope is to engage with readers on the complexities and journeys of people of African heritage. I hope that together we can laugh, lament, get angry, rejoice and most of all, spark dialogue.
Who reads MsAfropolitan
The majority of MsAfropolitan readers today are based in cities in Africa, Europe and North America. They are young, modern, educated and discerning African heritage women. They come from all backgrounds: traditional, cosmopolitan, scholarly, non-academic and so on. They are women (and men) of all races who are interested in gender and feminism. They are people who enjoy reading about world politics, sexuality, pop culture, fashion and contemporary art, as much as they are comfortable talking about African customs, food, history and culture. They are students and academics. They are people who enjoy reading blogs about African affairs. Also, I myself being a Finnish-Nigerian, African-European woman with strong ties to both continents share stories and opinions that are based on my experiences. Therefore, my readers are people who have cultural experiences that to some extent resonate with mine whether they are to do with multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic or other forms of urban, hybrid identity.
You mean a lot to me!
Without question, the number one thing that I love about blogging is that I’ve been able to connect with the people who matter the most to me, namely my readers, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and other supporters. Thank you! To new visitors, I hope you’ll join the discussion and I look forward to engaging with you.