Femmolution, or Femme Evolution is a peek into the lives of women from and Living in
Kenya and weaves narratives of what it means to be female in our society.
We are still in awe of what we created. Femmolution probes both narrated truth
and personal history and through prose and poetry tells tales of women masterfully,
joyfully, and oftentimes painfully. We opened up on loss, marriage, divorce, children,
love, sex, depression, anxiety, resilience and everything in between.
Femmolution, or Femme Evolution provides us with a peek into the lives of Kenyan women and weaves narratives of what it means to be female and Kenyan. It is an exquisitely curated set of stories that tells of the experiences that women have lived through, young and old, in Kenya. It is still relatively rare to come across a collection of words from, by and through women living in Sub-Saharan Africa which makes Femmolution an important addition to the literary and feminist landscape. Working with a range of stories, Femmolution probes both narrated truth and personal history and through prose and poetry tells tales of women masterfully, joyfully, and often times painfully. The writer navigating spaces that are sometimes, but not always welcoming to her.
The central thread that unites these stories is that of journeys of evolution and discovery. They tell of (re)discovering green spaces in Nairobi ; Of rediscovered sexuality; Of (re)claimed hair. These stories are both remarkable, quotidian, are a microcosm of what the African woman often struggles with, and are representative of the uneasy lessons learned about what it means to be female in Africa. The stories also remind us too of what it means to capture one beautiful moment as felt through the purr of a happy pet.
They tell stories of regret created by an ailing healthcare system that anyone who has ever had to bury a loved one has probably been wracked by. They probe at existential questions- on what it means to be a woman in our African countries. The stories invite you to understand, and listen to what living in a world circumscribed by patriarchy, misogynoir and of rejecting the roles assigned to women. Of living life with love, as a ‘side-chick’ and everything in between.
What started as one book, has since metamorphic into a podcast series, two anthology books, an audio book, two albums and we are currently working on a kids book highlighting amazing Kenyan women.