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From L-R: images by Lyra Aoko, Thandiwe Muriu, Namsa Leuba, and Keyezua.

Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. It is a long thread, containing brief introductions to the artists and their projects, with photos from said projects. Among photographers whose work were tweeted are Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali, South African artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi, Angolan artist Keyezua, and Guinean Swiss photographer and art director Namsa Leuba.

Waiswa, whose own photography has been praised for images that “take risks, and speak to danger and subversion,” was a co-winner of the inaugural Gerald Kraak Prize in 2017 for her collection, “Stranger in a Familiar Land,” as well as the winner of the 2016 Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award.

We are unsure what prompted the visual fest, but we are loving every bit of it. Few things are better than African female artists rooting for each other.

Sarah Waiswa. Image from sarahwaiswa.com.

See her tweets below.

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See the rest of the highlighted work on Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young, writer and journalist, is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies and English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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