Celebrating East African Writing!


Maman’s eyes have been draped in sadness for years now. She has worn her greying mane in the same way for the past three: packed to the crown of her … Continue reading

December 4, 2015

The Silent Housewife Part II

Read this continuation of The Silent Housewife written by Adebola Rayo. The #FinishTheStoryFriday series is in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike [@BlackWomenBLike on Twitter]. This cycle we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

August 21, 2015

The Silent Housewife Part I

Our #FinishTheStoryFriday series in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike is back and we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

August 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Voices [Part 4] Another Ending… by Monicah Kiptoo

Read Part Three I look at her and for a brief second I allow myself to believe her. In this, she transforms to look like an angel as I envision … Continue reading

March 20, 2015

Voices – Part Four [Finish The Story Friday]

“So, what did you do with all that cake?” “Netsu, after I have just told you the disaster of that day, the cake is what concerns you? Mtsm. Just pass … Continue reading

March 6, 2015

Voices – Part Three [Finish The Story Friday]

Read Part One Read Part Two Voices – Part Three [By Ivy Nyayieka] “I’m Shiku, nice to meet you,” Mwas’ date says, stretching her hand out. I don’t know if … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Voices – Part Two [Finish The Story Friday]

Voices – Part Two [By Mildred Apenyo]

I stiffen the shiver that is snaking up my spine and fix indignation into my eyes before turning to face him. I have nothing solid to say. My eyes, the disloyal fools, can’t even focus. I sound like I am panting. Do I honestly have to breathe so much?

February 6, 2015

Voices – Introducing Finish the Story Friday East Africa

Voices – Part One [By Shiro Gaitho]

Suck it in. Smile, don’t grimace, smile. Try to look like you’re breathing, without actually breathing. Did you say you feel a bit fat? Well you should have thought about that while you were eating that chocolate and drinking wine by the bottle.

January 16, 2015

In Front of the Camera – Part Four

“After reading three stories [Part One, Two, Three] from the Southern Africa celebration, I wanted to do portrait of a woman, because I like portraits. But, I wanted one of a black … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

In Front of the Camera – The Behind: Part Three

Read The Behind: Part One and Part Two I love my country like you will not believe. It is absolutely where my heart resides. But the corruption and lack of accountability … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Front of the Camera – The Behind: Part Two

Read The Behind: Part One Argh, I’m watching her now Shingi. So dramatic! Kucheka hembe dzeku Truworths kudaro! That pair of scissors was huge! I wonder what the wardrobe lady … Continue reading

November 28, 2014

In Front of the Camera – The Behind : Part One

Whenever Zukiswa was in front of the camera, everyone focused on her behind. It didn’t matter that she had an arts degree from the country’s prestigious university. It didn’t matter … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Finish the Story Friday

Storymoja and the #BlackWomenBeLikeSeries are pleased to present Finish the Story Friday – a series of the stories between the lines of stereotypes about black African women. On the second … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · 3 Comments