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Sister Sister

Minerva’s Lilies pulls back the curtains to reveal a brief glimpse of the enchantment accompanying two sisters’ experiences growing up in their mother’s tender gaze. The Ghanaian-British sisters aged 9 and 10, are Nayomi and Leah Agbotui-Dublin. The film, presented by newly launched South African-based online platform Casimir, is directed by Amirah Tajdin, who says it’s, “A testament to the women in my life, my two sisters and most importantly to my mother. Minerva’s Lilie’s is a meditation on femininity that I weaved up after watching my mother deal with her daughters leaving the house and her re-assessing her sense of womanhood outside of her primary identity of motherhood after 30 years.”

Casimir presents: Minerva’s Lilies by Amirah Tajdin from Casimir on Vimeo.

 

Abeg, What is this Emoji?

Afro Emoji has today launched an African character themed sticker app, available to download for free on Android and Apple devices. The sticker characters are clothed in traditional African attire and come with pan-African phrases and captions, which can also be fully customised by users, for their preferred language. Stickers can be used via Whatsapp, SMS or iMessage, Facebook/Messenger, Twitter DM, Skype, Google hangout, and BBM. They’re cute!

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Good reads

This list of 25 new books by African writers you should know is mostly relevant for US releases (complete with dates and publishers) but it still works as a handy catch-up sheet for readers from other territories who might have missed some of these excellent titles. This should take you till at least the summer. Thank you Lithub!

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Sign Here

Conceived and self-published by brothers Julian and Jason Nicco-Annan, Signatures is an independent bi-annual print magazine that explores passion, process and pursuit in Ghana’s local and international creative scene.  Get a sneak peek of their well curated long-form interviews and content that focuses on the practical side of creativity here and make sure you buy it!

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Put it in a letter

Hadithi is a Kenyan platform for crowd-sourced personal letters centred around themes including self, family, motivation, love, pain and release. Curator Sandra Chege founded it out of frustration with the way societal grievances are tackled. “The over simplification of complicated emotions for the benefit of radio conversation and social media memes often limit the scope of the conversation,” she explains. “My hope for this project is that we see a little bit of ourselves in each other. That it broadens our consideration and conversation on these themes and that can really only happen if people read and share the letters.”

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