Ep11. Insights from the African Women’s Leadership Conference

February 2017 African Women’s Leadership Conference poster, designed by Zaza Kabayadondo.

We go long in this week’s episode, when we feature excerpts from a fireside chat held during last month’s African Women’s Leadership Conference at Smith College. We are excited to share some of the insights from the conference speakers:

  • Wambui Mwangi (@wambui_mwangi) is a Kenyan writer, scholar, and artist with a passion for post-colonial theory and Kenyan political history.
  • Malika Ndlovu (@malikandlovu) is a South African poet with a background in theatre and arts management.
  • Obioma Nnaemeka is a Nigerian scholar and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of French, Women’s/Gender Studies and African/African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.
  • Martha Wangari Karua (@MarthaKarua) is a Kenyan politician and former member of parliament and advocate of the High Court of Kenya who also served as Minister of Justice. She is currently running for the governorship in Kirinyaga District.

As usual, we begin the episode with a rundown of some of what we’ve been reading — and we spend a good deal of time talking about the recent controversy surrounding remarks by Chimamanda Adichie on trans womanhood. Our conversation on the insight from African Women’s Leadership starts at 8:12.

Here are more bonus links to readings and articles.

Music this week is courtesy of a live performance last week at Chez Beki/Quick Poulet in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The music starts at 48:50.

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