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Agbowó Magazine – The Woman Issue

Agbowó Magazine – The Woman Issue

The Women Issue Cover Agbowo 2024
                

Editor’s Note

To spend time with the works in this issue is to create, in this present moment, new coordinates of being. A safe locus where definitions and meanings pass between the reader and writer. All that this exchange entails: The accuracies and inaccuracies of self-invention and identification. The simultaneity of experience. The overlap of recognition and insight. That is the aim here. That is what became clear to me as the works came together. 

This issue isn’t a definitive contemporary body of work that attempts to suggest womanness in 2023. It lives within the context of work that has come before it and work that will come after it. Yet it offers fresh takes. It brings news and perspectives that are missing, urgent or need reiteration. 

The voices here, new, old and assured are contemplating individuation or asserting self-identification to varying degrees. The poets turn to science, sex or loss to communicate what is most urgent to them. They are ironic, philosophical, raw, diaristic, gut-punchy, experimental or all the above. 

One writer wonders how a name acquires its status in society, and what self-identification means. Another writer suggests that self-identification is in fact pre-destination.

There is the immersive and image-rich recounting of a traveler’s walk that shifts between ecological inquiry and self-probe. At some point, the writer wonders: What happens when two women encounter themselves in nature, without a mediating language? What information passes between them? How does this mode of knowing become codified/preserved?

The places where women encounter each other in society are frequently unsafe. When they are safe at all, this safety is not assured, and subject to disruptions. A character in one short story comes to a moment of unsafety, where she witnesses a terrible injustice and is immobilized by it. She is removed from it and yet fully cognizant of the scene, the scale of it, and the knowledge that she can only witness.

The works here have in common a grasp of mythology, voice, and rootedness. They each determine their own form and reveal what information they choose or see fit.

I’m thrilled to share this issue with readers. Enjoy!

Kechi Nomu

Guest Editor, The Women Issue

Cover Art by Abisola GbadamosiEmi Ni

WORKS

FICTION

Fọ̀nàhànmí Ọrẹolúwa Oyinlọlá Agbowo Best fiction by African women

Ọrẹolúwa Oyinlọlá

Fọ̀nàhànmí

Pain like Growing Wings Margaret Muthee Agbowo | Best African Fiction by Women

Margaret Muthee

Pain like Growing Wings

The Bottom Line Thabi Moeketsi Agbowo | Best African Fiction by women

Thabi Moeketsi

The Bottom Line

NON FICTION

My Name Hajaarh Muhammad Bashar Agbowo Best African stories by women

 Hajaarh Muhammad Bashar

My Name

POETRY

Devotion | Tryphena L. Yeboah | Agbowo | Top African poems

Tryphena L. Yeboah

Devotion

On Grief Tryphena L. Yeboah Agbowo Best African poems

Tryphena L. Yeboah

On Grief

Iyanuoluwa Adenle Open Agbowo Best African poems

Iyanuoluwa Adenle

Open

Sadness at Pharmacy Michelle N'ankra Oppong Agbowo Best African Poems

Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Sadness at Pharmacy

Rain Njeri Wangari Agbowo best African poems by women

Njeri Wangari

Rain

VISUAL ARTS

Emi Ni | Abisola Gbadamosi | Agbowo | Women visual artists

Abisola Gbadamosi

EMI NI Series

Iman Hassan

What Home Feels Like

The Woman Issue Agbowo Contributors

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