Aint I A woman.
The ‘Aint I a woman’ project aims to vocalise the experiences of black women, introducing topics such as intersectionality, femininity and womanhood. I was initially inspired by Bell Hook’s Aint I a Woman and Sorjouner Truths speech. This project came into fruition when I connected with my familiy roots in Ghana were I learned about Nana, my great grandmother. In this project, lead by Nana’s story, I interview black women from different backgrounds on their relationship to femininity, and their experiences growing up being black, and a woman.
My Great grandmother was
Born in Ghana raised by her mother who was a slave. Nana migrated to Nigeria at a young age for a new life, there she became an entrepreneur, she founded a famous bakery and built her own home and factory. MY Great grandmother traded gold, provided the local community with loans, funded church projects, became a war god, married twice with 9 children, and left her house for her female grandchildren. Her story is powerful and needed to be told. Nana’s story influenced me to create a project for black women’s experiences.