Afrika on My Sleeve is a multi-platform online social enterprise that combines digital storytelling and content with third culture narratives, self-care as a form of resistance and empowerment.
Over a period of three months The Storytellers met on Sunday afternoons and what was a creative research project soon became a space of healing, seeing ourselves reflected in our worlds and a safe space where we could unravel.
As part of the project each of the participants created a visual project that served as them sharing a story about their experiences and lives. Through a series of workshops and focus groups, we developed projects that include photography, a series of memes, a song, podcast interviews and poetry. The projects explore and represent themes relating to third culture migrant identity, being a woman of colour, racism, cultural heritage, tokenism and diversity, colourism and intersectionality within African identity. The project is still ongoing and will be launched in September 2018. Below are some of the projects and stories thus far.
The Humans of Afrika project aims to showcase the diversity of Africans and expand what it means to look African through black and white portraits.
©Synthia Bahati 2017
Through a series of memes that depict the experiences of third culture youth of African descent across the world (global African diaspora) and experiences specific to African youth who have grown up/lived in New Zealand for long periods of time.
©Adorate Mizero 2017
Collected from the experiences and ideas of Laila and people around her, she wanted to look at third culture identity through the lens of our heritage, embracing our culture, tradition and the people who help form us and finally being comfortable in our own skin. Realising that she had become a product of the ‘muted group her parents were placed in, and consequently having their words and traditions being drowned out by dominant structures in society; Laila has found a love for where she's from.
©Laila Ben-Brahim 2017
Through poetry and illustrations Mwangi will be share the intersections of black womanhood.
©Mwangileni Kampanga 2017
This is a clip and choreography by Chanwyn that showcases her as a dancer. She chanels and explores Brenda Fassie’s identity and representation in juxtaposition with her identity in representation here in New Zealand as an African dancer.
©Chanwyn Southgate 2017
The aim of this Master of International Communication creative research project is to situate identity, migration and representation of African youth in New Zealand using participatory visual methodologies within an African indigenous research framework. This creative project involved a series of workshops, a focus group and reflexive diary entries by a group of ten youth of African descent in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of the research project each participant developed, created and executed a visual project that serves as a representation of their identity as a “third culture kid”. Through the creation of content, the research project explored and examined the co-creative space for African youth in New Zealand and how creating narratives collectively can provide a space for self-determination, confidence and a sense of belonging within the societies we live in.