I Like Girls is all about African women.
We are a community for African women across the globe. We document women’s experiences and lived realities through text (essays) and audio (podcasts).
You’re an African woman visiting a museum somewhere in West Africa for the first time in your life. While looking through dozens of carefully crafted artifacts and old pictures, you come across a black and white painting featuring women dressed in traditional African wrappers. In the moment, the women who are adorned in beads look arbitrary.
You find out later that those women, in their rubber sandals, started a massive revolution in 1929 against the British colonial administrators in Southeastern Nigeria. Their revolt, the “Aba women’s riot,” lasted months, and is a strong example of early feminist protest against oppression in Nigeria.
What you thought was a random painting has suddenly become a significant part of your history, your story. It is no longer an ordinary image of women in traditional regalia, but the story of your ancestors, women who came before you, fighting for justice.
You leave the museum better informed and exposed to the early realities of the women who came before you, who look just like you.
That is the power of storytelling, and that is what “I Like Girls” is about.
Through our publication and podcast, we document and share the stories of all kinds of African women and/or women of African descent on the continent.
The podcast is a narrative storytelling show that chronicles diverse accounts of what it’s like to be an African woman today. It gives perspective about who we are, as well as who we can be in the future. Through the I Like Girls podcast, we showcase the shared pain, culture, trauma, strength and happiness of women across the continent and the diaspora.
Our podcast is currently ranked among Africa’s top 5 documentary podcasts and has covered topics impacting women, such as Postpartum depression, medical gaslighting, LGBTQ rights, money management, colourism, entrepreneurship, workplace discrimination, sexual violence and feminism. Through the stories of multiple women from Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda etc., I Like Girls has highlighted the shared experiences of women across the continent.
The publication is pretty much an extension of the podcast. Through the perspective of various writers, we share the stories of African women with the hope of inspiring others. Some of these women, you may know and love, others you’ve never heard of or even dislike – but ultimately, you’ll come to understand their stories, what makes them tick and the experiences that shaped them.
Every story we document comes with the promise of informing, educating and making sense of the African female experience. Subscribe to the I Like Girls newsletter here to stay informed about all our activities and stories.
Creator, I Like Girls.