Cameroon-based literary magazine Bakwa just launched its newest issue on March 28. Titled Love is a Scream, Issue 11 explores stories of and by women and buyers will be able to order it starting May.

Founded in the last quarter of 2011, Bakwa is a literary magazine where urgent and intelligent discussions on the state and direction of literary and cultural production take place. The dearth of critical and creative writing being its impetus, Bakwa’s approach is high-end creative writing and creative nonfiction, which is urgent and experimental in nature, while being at the same time a mirror of writing from Cameroon and Africa.

Bakwa’s 11th issue is a genre-defying edition that gives voice to stories, essays, poetry, pieces that contemplate and contextualize the realities and experiences of women. The stunning cover, featuring the many faces of womanhood, was designed by Christo Musinguzi.

This issue of Bakwa Magazine includes contributions by Jamila Osman, Nadia Ahidjo, Bertille Mbarga, Yvette Yko Tetteh, Deborah Usidamen, Koutoukouté, Gladwell Pamba, Hajaarh Muhammad Bashar, Tsatchou Leïla Fortune, Akua Amankwah, Mx Elle, and Selma Kovich.

The launch featured a conversation between the writers Nadia Ahidjo and Bertille Mbarga, as well as a spoken word performance by Latifah Summayya.

Go here to preorder the latest issue, especially if you are a fan of feminist African writing.

Check out the full table of contents below.


Sugartown, Gladwell Pamba

Naughty Granny, Koutoukoute (trans. Nfor E. Njinyoh)

This Thing, Sex, Yvette Yko Tetteh

Coumba, Nadia Ahidjo

A Life Like Ours, Hajaarh Muhammad Bashar

The Thirst to Bury the Darkness That Walks with You, Deborah Usidamen

The Art of Finding Your Voice, Akua Amankwah

Gender is a Societal Construct, Mx Elle

La Mémoire de l’Océan, Tsatchou Leïla Fortune

Change pour moi, Bertille Mbarga

Jamila Osman, “Motherhood”, “The Possessive Form”

Selma Kovich, “La Pudeur”, “Je sais faire des tonnes de choses en pleurant”