Ain't I A Woman Collective

Centring the Voices of Women with African Ancestry

Stumbling Into Self

By Lunga Yeni


Slowly, silently, shifting — shapelessly,

She stumbled, into her shining.

Shy, self-conscious, shadowed by shortcomings,

She stumbled, into her shining.

Starving, startled, stunted,

She stumbled, into her shining.

Selfless, steadfast, self-assured,

She stumbled, into her shining.

Silently, she rose,

Slowly, she triumphed;

Shifting into her shining,

Shapelessly becoming self.


Image: Rod Waddington


About the writer:

Lunga Yeni trained as Director at Rose Bruford and has since directed several plays including Incompatibly Yours (Pegasus Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith), The Thing About Shirley (Bullion Room, Hackney Empire) and Become A Man (Acorn Theatre, Hackney Empire, City Hall) Jesus Loves Me and Pumpkin Soup for the Soul (Royal Court, Theatre Local Peckham.)

More recently she directed a promotional trailer for the ‘Say My Name’ campaign promoting acceptance for Gays in the black community. She is now venturing into the world of film and her debut short It’s On was selected as part of the BANG film festival in Nottingham. In March her second short Cutting Edge was screened at the BFI.

She is currently producing and directing SHAME AND SCANDAL by Alex Wheatle MBE, which will be on in October.

Find her blogging!

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