Volume Three: Belonging, Beloving, Becoming

We Will Lead Africa Volume Three: Belonging, Beloving, Becoming is a Griot Volume.

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Belonging, Beloving, Becoming is the third volume of the We Will Lead Africa (WWLA) series. It is a WWLA Griot volume, curated out of the experience and writings of the inaugural WWLA Griot Masterclass series. In a community of WWLA leaders, the masterclass introduced Griots, from countries across the African continent and the diaspora, to the WWLA method for telling and documenting personal leadership stories, which centers everyday leadership. The result is the 24 stories and/or poetic contributions, and 11 oríkìs (Yoruba-inspired personal praise poetry) that make up the leadership inspirations we share in this volume. This rendition boosts inspirations in the WWLA Griots words, written in each of their individual stories, and collectively in poems that connect the various sections of the volume. The process, from which this volume is the result, was one of coming together to strengthen the connection between us and the sense of “coming home” that is derived from proudly affirming who we are as African people.

This volume truly is the result of collective leadership.

These are stories of belonging, beloving and becoming, showcasing everyday African leadership from across the African continent and diaspora.

  • We Will Lead Africa Griots 2021
    1. Folajimi Adebowale
    2. Jesudamilare “JD” Adesegun-David*
    3. Joann Anokwuru
    4. Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo*
    5. Demben Christopher (Jakor)
    6. Ruth Dresselgn Deneke
    7. Mo Isu
    8. Blen Mandefro
    9. Francis Onuk*
    10. Rasheedat Sadiq*
    11. Milka Naome Serithe-Bosoga
  • Additional Contributors
    1. Vivian Acquah
    2. Mercy Atieno
    3. TaNesha Barnes
    4. Yididiya Damtew
    5. Ify Obidi-Essien
    6. Adeyanju Dunsin Hannah
    7. Helen Majemite
    8. Fatimah Yetunde Ogunjimi
    9. Emmanuel Stephen Oluwaseun
    10. Daniel Odhiambo Orlale
    11. Mieks Frenken Nyarko Twumasi
    12. Diwura Oluwafikemi Williams
    13. Hiwot Yohannes

*Served as griot peer editors for the volume. We wish to also acknowledge Terry Orlale who was a 2021 WWLA Griot and supported the early editorial process to pull this volume together.