by Zohra Opoku
‘Harmattan Tales’ looks at what it means to be a woman in the African Muslim world
— the title refers to the dry northeasterly winds that blow from the Sahara across West Africa in winter — takes a more focused look at what it means to be a woman in the African Muslim world. It is a continuation, for me, of this experience of being limited by my identity.
Until I was 13 I hadn’t seen black people at all. So I was very much an outsider. I had no contact with my Ghanaian father until I was an adult.