By Minna Salami
African feminist traditions are marked by resistance to the status quo. African futurism typically focuses on imagining potential transformations. The merging of the two fields of thought is both urgent and generative.
We are already in the future. I am writing these words in a moment that is my present but will be the past as you read these same words in the future. We do not approach futurism with this panoramic mindset. Rather, we endow futurism with a certainty whereby the present is hyperreal, and the future exists in a fabulist realm where things will be more magical tomorrow. This approach is a danger for Africa and its descendants.
We compartmentalise lived experience into the past, present, and future, but just as this text complicates the straightforwardness of such a fragmented sense of time, so, too, do all material and abstract realities flow in and out of one another. Rather than being linear, the passage of time is like the course of a river that swells and curves, forwards, downwards, yonder, and sideways, in response to circumstances within and beyond its streams.
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