/ah-yun-fe/ – beloved.

 

Human stories from Nigerian Women—deeply, widely, and boldly told. Àyànfé Magazine aims to immortalize Nigerian women by telling human stories that inform and make up our diversity. In here, Nigerian Women are foremost and center. Our goal is to become the utmost platform where Nigerian Women are seen, heard, and beloved; to become the go-to space when Nigerian women need the comfort of familiarity from shared experiences and community. We publish in tones that are certain, kind, and conscious.

 

Categories Guide

  • Hidden Gele: (a.) The untold stories of elderly Nigerian women, the full lives they lived and continue to live. The era of their youths differs from this era, so Àyànfé Magazine is interested in stories about how they lived during their youths: Were they rebels? Were they ruly? What did they fight for? How was romance for them? Did they elope? Tell us about their rich and diverse experiences, especially against the backdrop of the unique era they grew up in. (b.) This category will also shine a light on the depths of heroism of Nigerian women. Àyànfé magazine will publish stories that range from the women who fought to own land and be counted as their father’s children to the women who constantly sell pepper in the market, under sun and rain to sustain their families. Tell us how they did it! (c.) Women with peculiar occupations [doesn’t have to be a job, can be a non-monetized hobby] you find interesting. (d.) Àyànfé magazine is interested in stories of badassry by Nigerian women. Again, tell us how they did it! (e.) There is a Gele—tall, elegant, with immense rizz—in Nigerian women. Àyànfé Magazine is, also, dedicated to unveiling the Hidden Gele, per interview  who Nigerian women are beyond their outward persona and what makes their hearts glow. Their deep motivations and strengths. The concealed happiness and the concealed sadness. Love, in their view. (f.) This category will tell the human stories of Nigerian women in the limelight. Tell us stories about Nigerian women celebrities when they are off the stage. The things they do that make them human, rather than the perfect persona the society sees and judges them as.

There is a Gele in you!

  • Gen S: Generational stories keep the world moving, hence this category features stories of Nigerian women as told by mothers, aunts, and grandmothers. It can be a retelling [for example, the story your mom told you about the awful hostel she stayed in when she was in the university and the particular shege she went through] or a lesson passed down and its effects on your life. Your funny aunty? Tell us the intriguing personal lore she shared with you. Your grandmother’s experience as a young girl during the Civil War? We are interested.
  • Nigerian feminism: The radical notion that Nigerian women are as human. This category will publish all of your thoughts, facts, and opinions on reproductive rights, bodily autonomy, sexism, sexuality, and misogyny.
  • See Me: Personal stories about the concerns of Nigerian women; from body to sex and love to liberation. Tell us about your disobedience, your truths, and your pains. Tell us about love in every dimension you have experienced it. Àyànfé is interested in your best and worst moments in friendships. Feel seen. Tell your curiosities, your lessons, your desires, your misery, your joy… We want the honor of seeing you.
  • See Her Too: The personal stories you want to tell on someone else’s behalf; your friend or the stranger whose story has piqued your curiosity, we will see her too.

 

Column Guide

  • Love In Nigeria: If you have ever fallen in love, fallen out of love, nursed a heartbreak, fallen back in love, found yourself in situationships and everything else that being in love and catching feelings entail as a Nigerian woman, this column is for you; even if you are simply curious about the notion of love. This is Àyànfé’s column on love and relationships and our columnists, Tolulope Aribisala and Ayomide Ayorinde, will be a friend and a sister. Feel free to ask them about the confusions and dilemmas and certainties and fears that you have about your love life. You can always Ask Tee or TalktoAyo by sending your questions and a detailed explanation of your situation [to properly understand you] to ayanfezine@gmail.com. Kindly specify the columnist whose response you’d prefer by addressing your question to their name (e.g, Dear Tee or Hi Ayo). If you’d prefer responses from both, don’t address to any of the names, a hello or hi would suffice. If you decide to be anonymous, kindly use an interesting (or weird) alias. Thank you!

 

Editorial Demands

a. Àyànfé’s publications demand originality and depth: let us know the Nigerian woman [or you] that is the center of your story, don’t just describe her experiences, narrate them. We are deeply committed to knowing and telling the stories of Nigerian women and we believe they shine better through in-depth narrative explorations of their lives and experiences. We encourage structured stories and we accept a minimum of 800 words and a maximum of your capacity.

b. Works published by Àyànfé cannot be published elsewhere. Àyànfé will have exclusive publishing rights.

c. If you are rejected, you may choose to apply the editor’s corrections and resubmit.

d. Àyànfé would only make changes to published material with the author’s permission.

e. Publishing requires time. When the team is processing your work, please be patient. If you do not receive feedback after 2 weeks, you may send a query here

f. Àyànfé is currently not paying contributors but we are in the process of making sure we can.

g. We love proper punctuation.

h. We accept simultaneous submissions but let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

i. We do not accept pieces that have been published elsewhere, including on personal blogs.

j. There is no j.

k. We only accept drafts. If you send a pitch, it will be rejected. Kindly send your draft as a Word document or copy it to the body of your mail along with a short bio written in the third person. Again, if you send a pitch, it will be automatically rejected. Don’t think too hard about a title for your story, if you don’t have one, our team will provide it. Send your drafts to ayanfezine@gmail.com. Thank you.