Storymapping African Descent is a project consisting of three parts: (1) an online storymap (Afrispectives), (2) a live event (Africadelic) and (3) an educational toolkit. The storymap is an exclusive platform for people of African descent, where content can be shared and accessed from an explicitly African perspective. During ‘Africadelic’, a socio-cultural live-event organised by Mano a Mano Producoes, these stories will come to life through, on -stage performances, live music and debates. These stories will also form a reference point for an educational toolkit that has been developed by IDleaks and partners, which has been made available for free to educational professionals in the Netherlands. This project is financed through the Dutch ministry of Social Affairs in the context of the Dutch implementation of the UN decade of people of African Descent. The project facilitators are IDleaks, Mano a Mano Producoes and studio Gingertheworld.
There are many spaces which facilitate media, perspectives and stories about Africa or people of African descent. These spaces often facilitate and include media that have been produced, written or edited by people from non-African descent, potentially and frequently leading to problematic frames or stereotypical, one dimensional images. By facilitating a space that exclusively shares stories from African perspective, Afrispectives creates room for cultural empowerment and knowledge building from within and among the community. Just like other comparable platforms, Afrispectives welcomes everybody from non-African descendency that is interested in these stories to visit our platform; however, Afrispectives explicity requests you to respect the fact that they share stories from an unapologetically African, Afro-Caribbean or ‘Black’ perspective.
The Afrispectives storymap is a non-commercial user-submitted platform with the intention of highlighting and providing space for content from an explicit African perspective.