~ Our Mission ~
To challenge and change the perceptions of African girls and women in the world today.
Realising the need for such a platform, British-Rwandan Salha Kaitesi founded Teakisi (pronounced Tee-ki-si), creating a space for African women to empower and celebrate each other, and to unite through their stories. A Teakisi woman has many names: Mukadzi in Shona, Obinrin in Yoruba, Umugore in Kinyarwanda, Dhako in Dholuo, Aberu in Ateso, Minga in Beti, the list is endless. Teakisi women are vibrant and empowered Africans, with a love to empower others. Teakisi is here to share the voices of these African women.
Teakisi stands out for several reasons, but what truly makes it special is that it’s a platform dedicated to the everyday African woman. Most of our contributors are not “professional” bloggers/writers, they’re just everyday women with a story to tell and wisdom to share. Teakisi bloggers are university students, stay at home mothers, professionals and everything in between. Our platform is unique because our perspectives of our present are unique. Our blogzine also covers a range of topics. From the negative effects of the war in Burundi to the latest fashion trends in Cameroon. Our topics span the entire continent because we have gathered women from many different parts of Africa and given them a voice through our platform. Our special ingredient is our contributors.
Teakisi, formerly ElleAfrique, has featured writers from Sudan, Gambia, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Nigeria to mention but a few. Even though Teakisi blogs are originally written in English or French, the google translate feature (top right) on our site allows you to read the blogs in other languages too. The blogzine’s main purpose is to empower and encourage African women to pen whatever their hearts desire, while remaining true to their uniqueness as a people. As one of Teakisi’s regular readers said,
‘the site provides a stable platform for women to unite, learn and empower ourselves. Most importantly, Teakisi is providing the space for us, African women, to celebrate ourselves, tell our stories, believe in the power of our individual and collective voice, and be comfortable in our skin.’
With a contributor list and readership spanning across the globe, Teakisi continues to positively influence modern perceptions of African girls and women worldwide. Teakisi owes a huge thank you to our readership community for joining us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.
African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence. – Wangari Maathai
Tayo Sogbanmu (United Kingdom) is the General Manager, while the daily operations for the blogzine, including social media and administration, is handled by Salha Kaitesi (United Kingdom), who is also the Executive Editor of Teakisi.