Black, Gifted, and Represented — Africanfuturism & Afrofuturism

© Osborne Macharia (a self-taught photographer and visual artist born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and based in Vancouver, Canada.) From the Kipipiri series.
Edafe and Fergus the cat — © Edafe Onerhime // @ekoner

What Even Is African & Afro-Futurism?

At its heart, Afro-futurism is the projection of Black cultures and Black experiences into the future. Afro-futurism flourishes in Black art, spirituality, theatre, writing, philosophy, technology, and more. You’ll find a tendency for the movement to be dominated by North Americans.

© Janelle Monae / The Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records
© Iga “Igson” Oliwiak

A Black Philosophy of Hope

Both Afro-futurism and Africanfuturism to me are about hope: A hope for the future. A future where Africa’s children and her diaspora are unfettered by liabilities of the past — be that historical or modern colonisation. It’s a future where you as a Black person are represented in all of your Blackness by default.

© BBC — Anansi Boys
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Edafe Onerhime

Edafe Onerhime


Edafe Onerhime specialises in making impact with data. Her motto: Data + Design + Culture. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her wife and cat. She/Her.