Welcome to the LOATAD Oral Archive
Gathering the oral stories of Africa and the African Diaspora, one audio at a time
Women Reading Women: A crowdsourced audio archive of African women’s stories read by African women from across the continent.
Women Speaking Women: An archive of undocumented oral stories gathered from across the coastal regions of Ghana.
Other Archives: A collection of audio and video stories that capture the perspectives of underrepresented peoples.
The Oral Archive in Numbers
Add your voice to the Women Reading Women archive
Record yourself reading a 5-minute extract from a book by an African woman writer from your country and send it to us to be added to the archive.
Stories from the archive
Since August 2021, we’ve been working with a team of UK-based archivists to develop a framework for preserving our archives. Led by Dr Etienne Joseph, co-founder of Decolonising The Archive, with Information Management Specialist, Lydia Julien and Archivist, Kaitlene Koranteng, the aim is to employ best practices to create a system that works within an…
Mae A. Miller-Likhethe is a US-based scholar, curator, and museum educator. Her projects explore questions of decolonisation, infrastructure, aesthetics, and technology. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and is curating an exhibition, A Thousand Secrets, at ApexArt (NYC). Mae has previously held roles as Curatorial Fellow at Elizabeth Foundation…
In November 2020, LOATAD was honoured to receive a grant from the Goethe-Institut Ghana to deliver our Women Speaking Women (WSW) project, the sister project of Women Reading Women. Whereas the latter focusses on collecting oral recordings of published works by African women writers, Women Speaking Women is concerned with formalising African women’s 𝘶𝘯𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 stories…