feature: “we are beautiful” – artist ruramai ‘rudo’ musekiwa celebrates phenomenal african women with her ‘sibahle’ poster series

July 28, 2015

Take a look at the must-see ‘Sibahle’ poster series, the latest illustration work from Zimbabwe-born visual artist Ruramai ‘Rudo’ Musekiwa. The Johannesburg based creative activist created the on-going series in celebration of this year’s upcoming National Women’s Day in South Africa (9th August), and describes the posters as a “tribute to phenomenal African women”. She adds: “The statement it seeks to make, is that our young girls can and should find inspiration right here, within the continent, within our context as a people. Women are the pillars of our society and it is imperative that we pay homage to inspirational women that not only radiate authenticity and passion within their respective crafts, but also understand how their purpose is connected to others.” Musekiwa’s camp remarks, “Sibahle is a growing movement […] and it celebrates Africanism through the use of creative mediums and activations. It is an eclectic lifestyle brand with the African woman at the helm of its vision.  The word “Sibahle” means: WE ARE BEAUTIFUL. The overarching vision of this movement is that every African person that becomes aware of this space, internalizes this truth: We are beautiful in all our uniqueness.” Check out the stunning posters below (featuring the likes of Miriam Makeba, Alek Wek, Lupita Nyong’o, Simphiwe Dana, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


Miriam Makeba

Alek Wek

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Noni Gasa

Lupita Nyong’o

Albertina Sisulu

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Simphiwe Dana

Claire Mawisa

Lebo Mashile


Mpho Sebina


Nandi Mngoma

Wangari Maathai