Daughters of the Yam

“What is happening to the daughters of the yam? Seem like they just don’t know how to draw up the powers from the deep like before.”

- Toni Cade Bambara,The Salt Eaters

This series marks the UN day of observance for young girls worldwide. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Foregrounding young Black children is an important part of our mission and goes beyond one particular day of observance, but we recognise the vital role international days like these play in global conversations.

In 2020, we celebrated stories that centre Black female protagonists. On day one, we looked at the craft of writing for film, literature and theatre. The conversation was hosted by 2020 AKO Caine Prize winner Irenosen Okojie (Butterfly Fish, Speak Gigantular, Nudibranch) and she was joined by award-winning playwright Chinonyerem Obimba (Princess & The Hustler, The Sweetness of a Sting) and Yero Timi-Biu (award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter and BFI Future Film Festival New Talent award winner).

For 2021, we are delighted to partner with Team Kukua and Cocoa Girl Magazine to commission 4 young writers (ages 7 - 11) to write a reflective piece on Team Kukua's Super Sema animation series as part of our response to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Young audience members are invited to respond to the 'Time for Change' animation series that reflects on our role in the environment.