As part of celebrating Africa, an e-book titled Nguvu (Against All Odds) that will contain diverse original short entries by African/Black women or women with African/Black ancestry worldwide whose stories will inspire and motivate young Africans and young people around the world will be published. These entries will be selected from different fields and different nationalities of game changers breaking out of the box and debunking negative stereotypes in their little corner despite all odds.

Nguvu is the Swahili word for strength. It was titled so as a way to showcase the strength of the African woman. The purpose of this e-book is to encourage, inspire, motivate not just young Africans/black people worldwide but youths all over the world. It is also aimed at bringing to light struggles of women of colour that mirror each other and how they have turned their turbulence to triumph.

The e-book is not intended to be glamorous but to show real life stories of everyday people who do not have the opportunity to be in the limelight but whose stories deserve to be celebrated and describes a resilient spirit.

Guidelines For Submission

  • A minimum of 300 words and maximum of 400 words describing what you have been be to achieve so far in your little space and obstacles you faced.
  • A short bio of yourself that must include name, age, nationality and occupation
  • Should you want to enter a story for someone you admire, you must state that permission was given and the subject of the entry must be reachable for contact.
  • A clear, good quality picture should be submitted alongside your story.
  • The age range for entries will be 16 to 40, but entries for extremely exceptional excellence outside the age range will be made, especially for the younger ones.
  • All entries should be submitted to africanism.today@gmail.com or directly to any of the committee members.
  • It is important to note that once you submit your story, we have the right to publish it for the e-book and on our social media platforms.
  • Deadline for submission is 20th of May 2017.

Committee Members

Camila Andrade – South America

Hanno Riak – North Africa

Khalilah K.J – North America

Laksana Jiamchien – Asia

Lesheni Nghipundjwa – Southern Africa

Onyinye Olufunmi Nwangwu – West Africa

Sahra Ali – East Africa

The committee members are made up of representatives from different parts of the world. They will edit the stories only for grammatical errors, review, compile and publish the book.

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