—Our goal is for SOSOADAE to be a clearinghouse for premier fiction of African imagination in English and Swahili that is also distinguishable by African dramatic form.
SOSO ADAE, L3C is a digital new media publisher of content advancing fiction literacy in order to expand human imagination and human possibility. We use African dramatic form (ADF) as a lens for story development and the understanding of fiction as “root” to all things healing and meaningful.
When you plant a seed to heal a fiction, it not only begins the process of your renewal, it has the added effect of allowing SOSOADAE to take bigger risks that create greater, more meaningful change.
Fiction Writing vs Fiction Making
When I was a child, thought that God had made me of the lowest human form, to be both Black and female. My identity as an aspiring writer was all about being a Black woman writing about some elevated thing in some way that was not commonly associated with being Black. My selling point was that I was Black and writing in this whatever style that altogether should have been interesting enough to make me and the rest of it worthy of publication.
It took a few personal embarrassments for me to realize that if the reader can’t see that you are Black by the story, can’t grade where it fails and excels on that particular curve. The story, alone, becomes just another story in competition with every other writer telling a story, and your story will fail where it does and excel where it does.
Stories are not about how well we say something. They are about what we have to say and how well we communicate that to an audience.
In SOSOADAE, there is no such thing as non-fiction. There is only fiction. There are fictions designed by documented events and fictions that are in Swahili called habari wa kubuniwa, news of imagination, but all of various persuasive tactics and intent.
SOSOADAE takes writing instruction back to the very basics of figurative story-making and community-centered design by using ADF to help writers develop (read, imagine) authentic, empathetic, and healing fiction.
Me and my brother circa 1987.