Afrofuturism connotes brighter future for Africa

By Ifeoma Orji, Lagos


Nigerian journalists have held an interactive virtual program with Ms. Ytasha Womack, an award-winning author, filmmaker, and writer-in-residence at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Ms. Womack, author of the critically acclaimed book ‘Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture’, expatiated science fiction, including Afrofuturism, within the framework of exploring issues related to African identity, Africa’s future and how Africa can prepare its people for the future.

Afrofuturism is the ability of Africa to define where she wants to go and what she will do when she gets there.

For the movement to be smooth, re-accessing some of African ideologues we were told to devalue through colonialism, is very vital.

According to Ms. Womack “in order to move forward, you have to go back. One of the key concept of afrofuturism is agency. Agency comes with the ability to take action to recreate the future for the better”, she said.

Afrofuturism, more than art

According to the author of Afrofuturism, the concept is not just art but the side of art creativity that can change life’s paradigm and issues.

In order words, Afrofuturism gives a platform for realization of one’s dreams and imaginations.

The interactive session further highlighted that in planning for the future; today’s dream, imaginations and creativity are very strong roadmap.

However, Africa should be at the forefront of her future because the continent is the world boom beyond economy and population.

Africa is very important to Afro-Americans who are not in the continent. It is home and should be made comfortable.

The interactive session was organized by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General Lagos.


Emmanuel UKoh