Welcome to the LOATAD Oral Archive

Gathering the oral stories of Africa and the African Diaspora, one audio at a time

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Our Archives

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.

Know the Archive

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.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Penda Wewe”

A beautiful poem of love written and read in the lyrical language of Kiswahili.

Invioletta, Tanzania

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Akuvi Awuye

A heartfelt conversation about migration, spoken in Ewe.

Nuhale Ada (Greater Accra Region)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“What It Does Mean To Be A Woman In Ghana?”

A compelling video polemic about being a Muslim woman in Ghana.

Sabena, 28, Accra


Stories from the archive

Gathering women’s stories from Ghana’s coastal regions

In May 2021, LOATAD Oral Archive Project Manager, Fauziyatu Moro On the road Women Speaking Women is a Goethe Institut Ghana funded LOATAD project concerned with formalising African women’s 𝘶𝘯𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 stories by recording them and making them available in LOATAD, and as part of the archive, placing them on a par with written literature andContinue reading “Gathering women’s stories from Ghana’s coastal regions”

Acknowledging the breadth of African women’s writing

When we began the Women Reading Women project, we hoped … Procedure This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Guacamole“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Welcome to the LOATAD Oral Archive

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 storiesContinue reading “Welcome to the LOATAD Oral Archive”

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