The impact of storytelling throughout history has always indicated to us the importance of narrating our own stories. As we capture moments from the African continent; acknowledging that stories told during these times are manifestations of truth, mine and yours, we are reminded that the power these stories have is not only important in the present but they are as important for future generations.
WSWWH is a project that aims to uplift stories of the African continent. Often stories of ordinary people are overlooked in storytelling, in history, and at WSWWH we do not only bring these stories to the surface, we honor the voices within these stories.
Recognized by the Mail & Guardian as one of 2020’s Top 200 Young South Africans, Mpho Seipubi is a writer, an editor and a program coordinator in the development sector.
She has over 7 years experience in the public sector and has been at the core of ground breaking projects in the rural Northern Cape and North West, South Africa, including Empower, a free publication that was distributed to more than 50 villages. Her work extends to projects that she has done in collaboration with other stakeholders in Southern Africa and the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Mpho regards Whose Stories Will We Hear as a moment in time for the African narrative, a platform for Africans to tell their own stories and be in the forefront of how history views Africa and its people.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to millions, especially those who are most marginalized, Kathi Seiden-Thomas believes that this moment in history is an opportunity for our global community to dismantle systems of oppression and rebuild a more just society that respects the planet, relies on indigenous wisdom and centers the solutions and leadership with those who are most impacted.
Kathi is a strategic partnership specialist with over twenty years of experience co-creating with multi-sector partners in the areas of health and wellness, racial justice, education, women’s rights and community development in the U.S. and throughout the world.
She sees Whose Stories Will We Hear as a vehicle to disrupt stereotypes and help shift the deficit narrative that many in the U.S. have of Africans and Africa.
Azil Momar LÔ, is a journalist (at Africa Check) specialized in fact-checking and is also an investigative radio journalist. He holds a master degree in British literature and civilization from University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar as well as a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from Centre d’Etudes des Sciences et Techniques de l’Information (CESTI) in Dakar.
Azil obtained a special diploma in Leadership in Public Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship/YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) program.
Azil considers Whose Stories Will We Hear as an extremely rich and broad platform where all voices can be heard, especially the ones that are usually unheard. It also is seen by him as a way to bring people from different horizons and backgrounds together, while everyone’s own experiences are selflessly shared and valued.