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A Letter from Our founder

Through the Eyes of African Women is a space to nurture our minds by learning from and reflecting on the richness, multiplicity and diversity of knowledge that we as African women create. I started Through the Eyes of African Women because I wanted a way to share the profound experiences and perspectives of African women that often go unnoticed. However, Through the Eyes of African Women isn't just about sharing the stories of African women. I wanted to create a space that felt both deeply introspective and celebratory. A space where young African women and girls, like myself, could come to be reminded of the power that each of us holds and the importance of our unique experiences as individuals and collectives.

Being a proudly critical and independent person that claims her right to voice, choice and agency is no small feat in a world that constantly tries to diminish African women and girls. That is why I feel it is so important have spaces that are completely dedicated to empowering the curious minds and courageous actions of young women in Africa. There is undoubtedly an ever-growing movement of African women reclaiming and commanding our narratives. The Through the Eyes of African Women team is playing its part by making it easier for rising generations to engage with African women’s powerful narratives, knowledge and perspectives.

I hope that Through the Eyes of African Women comes to be seen as a space that celebrates honest, whole portrayals of African women’s lives and contributions, elevating our internal and collective conversations, so that we continuously reinforce our commitments to being vocal, critical and creative thinkers for the betterment of ourselves and our societies.

- Anwulika Ngozi Okonjo