african futurism

Call For Submissions: Africanfuturism!

 

Nnedi Okorafor defines Africanfuturism as “a sub-category of science fiction that is similar to ‘Afrofuturism’ but more deeply rooted in African culture, history, mythology, and point-of-view as it then branches into the Black diaspora, and it does not privilege or center the West.” 

Here at TVO TRIBE,

We believe Africanfuturism transcends science fiction. We want interested writers, poets, scribblers, and artists to explore what Africanfuturism specifically means to them. Do you think Africa is evolving or not? What are your projections for Africa? We want you to create timeless pieces by making a blend of African culture, history, myths, and literature. 

In the month of May,

TVO tribe will be talking about Africanfuturism. We will attempt to explore all of its mysterious depths and lay bare its many hidden layers. You are an important part of this discussion, and so we urge you to join us.

Dissect this theme with us.

Write your opinions laden with facts about Africanfuturism, express yourself artistically by making submissions relating to the theme. Write to us aesthetics, contents, and everything that lies in between. TVO TRIBE is a safe space and we are open to everyone. We accept articles, poems, personal accounts, stories, creative nonfiction, and photos that relate to the theme.

We want to read your fears, the things that please you, your beautiful writings, the ones that are stuck in your throat like a fishbone. Show us the pieces you think are deviants and the ones that conform to rules. Send us everything you have!

We encourage you to be as expressive as possible, stylistically pleasing while creating aesthetic pieces as your submission. Please check our submission guidelines for further details.

Submit to: contributions@tvotribe.com

Deadline: 1st May, 2021

For more info, please visit: www.tvotribe.com/contributions

gerontocracy in africa

Sugar Cubes

SUGAR CUBES           || Ibiteye Overcomer

Ballot boxes are metaphors for sugar cubes:

Dazzling, inviting, brides of anthills.

Glazed cartons holding frail fragments

of truth, justice, sweetness, of anthills.

Brazen walls of power that makes their builders vulnerable,

or is it the builders that make themselves vulnerable?

Could it be that between the petulant layers of history

and the creamy strands of change,

brittleness is being used as cement?

Ballot boxes are metaphors for sugar cubes:

Bright, luminous,

dissolving on the tongues of thugs and grey-haired godfathers.

Dissolving into nothingness.

This land swallows colors and spits out shadows.

Feeble legs walk on corridors of power with

walking sticks,

while youthful lips are forced to mold into silence

and writhe beneath the whispers of fear.

Threnodies of the sixties on replay,

withered policies of the seventies on display,

masses left to do nothing but pray.

Yet, every morning, I stand by my window and watch

as the sun rises,

as it ignites hope in me.

A hope that one day, we’ll rise in our youthful agility,

flex our fingers

and rip out the brittleness in our sugar cubes,

that we’ll repair the creaky staircases of power

and climb up to leadership,

that doggedly, without compromise,

we’ll chase the anthills away.

BIO

Ibiteye Overcomer is a twenty-year-old Nigerian. She is an avid reader and a poet who uses poetry as a means to express her views and thoughts about pressing matters with ease. You will find her on Instagram @bimolaovercomer.

Read also: 4 African Authors You Didn’t Know Were Imprisoned For Activism

nobel peace prize

And The Nobel Peace Prize Winner Is…

by Damola Oluwemimo

We would be looking at a few people who fought for the lives of blacks and helped to bring peace to oppressed African countries.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Was born on October 29, 1938, in Monrovia, Liberia. She married in the year 1956 to James Sirleaf and was 17 at that time. She later divorced in the year 1961. Then she went to the United States to study economics and business administration and after, she obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Havard. After then she entered the government in Liberia. She was president of Liberia from 2006-2018. She was also the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country. She shared the Nobel Peace Prize she received with two other women; Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work.

Nelson Mandela

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Qunu South Africa. He died on December 5 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied law and became one of South African’s first black lawyers. He was elected leader of the youth wing of the ANC (African National Congress) liberation movement. He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment for high treason and conspiracy against the state when he organized a military underground movement that engaged in sabotage. He was confined to a notorious prison called Robben Island together with other resistance leaders. He was later moved to a prison on the mainland until his release in 1990. During his imprisonment, Mandela became a rallying point for South Africa’s oppressed and the world’s most famous political prisoner.

Read also: African Authors; our stories have been told truthfully

Nelson Mandela shared the Nobel prize with the man who released him from prison, President Frederick Willem de Klerk because they had agreed on a peaceful transition to majority rule. They were given the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in the peaceful ending of the apartheid regime and for laying the foundation for a new democratic South Africa.

Wangari Maathai

Born on April 1st, 1940, in Nyeri, Kenya, she died on the 25th of September 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.she was also the first female scholar from East and Central Africa to take a doctorate in biology and the first female professor ever in her home country of Kenya. She played an active part in the struggle for democracy in Kenya and belonged to the opposition to Daniel Arap Moi’s regime.

In 1997 she started a grass root movement aimed at countering the deforestation that was threatening the move of subsistence agricultural population. The campaign encouraged women to plant trees in their local environment and to think ecologically. The so called Green Belt Movement speared to other African countries and contributed to the planting of over thirty thousand trees.

Maathai’s mobilization of African women was not limited in its work for sustainable development. She saw tree planting in a perspective which included democracy, women’s rights and international solidarity. She was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to the sustainable development of democracy and peace.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu.

He was born on October 7, 1931, in Klerksdorp South Africa. He was an Anglican bishop who was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his opposition to South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime. He was saluted for these clear views and his fearless stance, characteristics which made him a unifying symbol for all African freedom fighters.

Despite the bloody violations committed against the black population in the Sharpeville massacre of 1961 and the Soweto rising in 1976, Tutu adhered to his nonviolence line. The peace award given to him made a big difference to Tutu’s international standing and was helpful in contributing to the struggle against apartheid.

Africans in diaspora

Africans In Diaspora: Are They The Same As Us?

Of Greek origin, the term ‘diaspora’ translates to ‘scattering’ or ‘dispersal.’ The African diaspora may therefore be used to encapsulate people of African ancestry dispersed or scattered from their home continent to other parts of the world either through forced removal or voluntary migration, and the progeny of the dispersed born in their new places of settlement. In essence, the African diaspora is made up of the offspring of those who were forcefully removed from their home and taken to other places as slaves centuries ago – historical diaspora – and those who have migrated from Africa in search of better opportunities – contemporary or new diaspora.

wealth

Wealth

The pursuit of happiness involves wealth. Wealth is the backbone of society, it is the curse of men, and the nerve of war. Wealth is..

black questions

Black Questions

by Abdulrahman M. Abu-Yaman

BLACK QUESTIONS

Adam planted his right foot

on face of the globe and created Africa

he spewed on the spot

and we grew from the crust

we sprouted robust

just like the locust

boisterous and burly

with biceps and triceps

blossoming and blooming

and they keep wondering how.

how?

the darker the loam,

the bumper the harvest

the more squalid the soil,

the richer the reap.

asking why our skin is

as crude as clay

crude?

our crude oil was, but

they didn’t complain

instead they dug and drilled

deep down under-

ground

in quest for the holy grail

clay?

is it a crime of progenies

to take after their progenitors

in feature and texture?

then if not, take it as DNA proof

that we’re no doubt the sons of

our father who was fashioned from

clay as well

questioning why our culture is

raw and thick

raw?

our raw materials were, but

they didn’t complain

instead they dug and drilled

deep down under-

ground

in quest for the holy grail

thick?

that should be a compliment

thick is impenetrable

thick is solid

thick is a sheet

thick is melanin

melanin is natural

tanning is artificial

astonished how we got

our wits and wisdom

wits?

our ancestors had more,

speaking of the Moors

go back and read on the

history of Alkebulan before

it became Africa

wisdom?

go back and read on the

legend of Timbuktu and the

flourish of Kush and then you

will see that

we inherited strong genes

from our point of origin

genes unsoiled from slavery

genes unadulterated through colonialism

any more questions?

(silence)

that’s what I thought!

Read also: how to structure a good story