Afriwowri (African women writers) Literary Project Team, in collaboration with
Writivism, The Sparkle Writers Hub, The Radioactive Blog and Africa Matters is
excited to announce the official release of the anthology ‘The Different Shades of a
‘The different shades of a Feminine Mind’ (A daybook of the African woman’s
narrative) is an anthology of short stories which explores diverse feminine themes
from a woman’s perspective. The purpose of this project was to curate fresh,
unique and startling voices telling a holistic collection of daily African experiences
which appreciates the nuances in each story.
This book features stories from writers from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa,
Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Eastern Cape, and the United States.
The book is only available as an electronic book (pdf: digital book), and is also
available as a free download from different sites such ISSUU and datafilehost.
Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, writer, poet and founder of the Babishai Niwe
(BN) Poetry Foundation praised the short stories;
“I deeply appreciate that the narratives sway from the usual and hold their own, in
unapologetic, melodramatic and confident poise. The characters are people we
know, they are a mirror of whom we purport to be, of our urban and rural
The Different Shades of a Feminist Mind is an anthology of twenty short stories from across Africa. Curated by Charlotte Addison and edited by Adedoyin Jaiesimi, the stories explore the African feminist experience.
In this collection, a poetry goddess hands her purity to saxophonist lover as a gift, a friendship is at stake when two schoolgirls both love a handsome and rich student, a woman in Nairobi has to choose between buying a pair of shoes and paying rent, a teenage girl attempts to escape from home the day before her arranged wedding and a repeatedly body-shamed university student attempts suicide.
These stories highlight the daily experiences not just of women but of the men in their lives who bring forth these experiences. The writers appeal to the deepest of human emotions especially on subjects such as depression, self-esteem, self-discovery and acceptance, suicide. But it is not all dark throughout these pages, for some stories in the collection teach us to live our lives however short, to the fullest.
Characters are faced with difficult choices, choices women make in real life every day and often at the expense of their own happiness.
One story moved me, of a 60-year old woman in a wheelchair, thanks to her abusive husband, who watches the world around her from her balcony. She struggles with the guilt, pain, and all manner of other emotions after her teenage daughter leaves home following sexual abuse by her father.
This anthology can also be downloaded here.