Decolonizing our narrative: Womxn of the Nile
Without the stories of my mothers, who am I
As daughters of the Nile, our stories run deep. For too long our stories have been muted.
Without the dreams of my mothers, who am I
Our tales have been shaped through a lens, not of our making. To falsify a perspective that never was nor is of our making.
Without the struggles of my mothers, who am I
We are the daughters of the Nile and we have come to reclaim what has been stolen from us, our narrative.
Without the pain of my mothers, who am I
We are the daughters of the Nile our mothers dreams. Our resiliency stems from generations of overcoming struggles.
Without the songs of my mothers, who am I
We find ourselves in a spiritual trance guided by movement, fuelled by songs that awaken every cell.
My mothers were more than the narratives imposed on them would have you believe. We are more than the boxes the colonizers have put us in. We are daughters of the Nile, we are the womxn of the Nile.
We are queens.
We are kandakas.
We are reincarnations of Nefrititi, Sekhmet, Isis, Bastet, Hathor, Hetheru, and more.
We are reclaiming our stories, we are decolonizing our narrative.
Sarah | Egyptian
Isra | Sudanese
Tai | Sudanese
Photo credit: Mandeep Bal