Nigerian born writer and feminist Adichie Ngozi Chimamanda has followed her 2012 Tedx Talk “We Should All Be Feminists” with the release of a short ebook with the same title. The ebook is on sale now for Just $.99. She talks about the need for equality of the sexes in the Nigerian and African context in general. She released the ebook as a group of 22 women selected across Africa ended a non fiction writing workshop in the Ugandan capital Kampala yesterday July 30, 2014. The workshop was organized by the African women Development fund in partnership with the Ugandan Women Writers Association (FEMRITE)ostensibly to get more of the mostly female bloggers redress the balance in writing from and about he continent that till now has been done mostly be men.
The main aim of the conference was to get the women to write about social justice and other issues that affects them directly including rape and discrimination. However, getting more women to write true accounts of the problems they face on a daily basis how to wear and dance without falling on high feels, changing skin colours, how to weave their hair and the unending battles with and over men, could prove more tricky. Apparently, most Africa women just prefer writing fictional accounts of their everyday problems on blogs and some never bother to publish books like Adiche Chimamanda or the late Nadine Gordimer from Souh Africa
Some of the laureates who attended the workshop included Ritah Atwongyeire and Beatrice Lamwaka from Uganda, Abena Kyere,Fafa Yvonne Quashigah and Rita Nketiah from Ghana, Eunice Kilonzo, Hannah Wanja Maina, Kagure Mugo and Njoki Wamai from Kenyan, Adegbeye Olutimehin and Kechi Nomu from Nigeria, Tendai Garwe from Zimbabwe, Comfort Mussa from Cameroon, Florence Khaxas from Namibia, Moiyattu Banya from Sierra Leone and Jennifer Thorpe from South Africa.
Comfort Mussa from Cameroon, a freelance journalist who edits a feminists website 237africaspeak wrote this poem during the workshop
By Comfort Mussa
Do not discuss me
like you do war zones:
I am not a basket case.
When you’re done analyzing my body,
Concluding my breasts are ironed and vagina mutilated,
You glance at my brain.
Hmm good relief.
Why see only what covers my brain?
Yes, I wear my hair natural. –
It’s the only part of my body not tampered with,
Even as the rest of me was prepared for you,
for your consumption–
In this constituency, my body, only one vote counts.
I won’t wait for you to shut up
I know better, now.
I’ll listen to me. I have something brighter
I’ll go and have a chat with my sisters.
If our laughter draws you in, feel free to pull a seat outside the window and learn