Reclaiming The Water

A Photo Series

By Paula Akugizibwe

We start our lives in water. Our bodies are made from water. Water heals and destroys. It drowns, and it buoys.
It bends around us, but never to us.
It holds us in every curve and crack of our beings.
It holds our spirits.

Rwandan-Ugandan writer Paula Akugizibwe captures black bodies on/near bodies of water around the continent.

GIRL MEETS WAVES. Mombasa, Kenya. July 2018

LAKE KIVU. Goma, DRC (middle) and Gisenyi, Rwanda. November 2016 and January 2017.

SUNSET. Mombasa, Kenya. July 2018

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. N’gor, Senegal (top). November 2017 | Essaouira, Morocco (middle). January 2016 | Apam, Ghana (bottom). August 2017

Blessing the Boats
By Lucille Clifton

(at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

RESPECT YOUR COINS. Ada Foah, Ghana. October 2019

PERFECT BALANCE. Lamu, Kenya. October 2018


Paula Akugizibwe is a Rwandan-Ugandan writer.

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