#IAmMother - Stories of Motherhood

Listen to her story

So I don’t know much about the story of my birth. I was abandoned at birth at a bus station in Lusaka… and then I was taken to the orphanage shortly after that. So that’s all I know about my birth, but I… I know that I often feel things that aren’t mine, so often I’ll feel scared or I’ll feel sad or angry and it’s not a fear that I can track to any place in my life and then if I feel deeper into that then I realize that it’s probably my mother’s fear. So that I don’t know anything about her, I feel like she’s always there.

Meet the artist

Andy Mkosi

Photographing the story telling circles has been more than just a job for me or another photography booking. It definitely had me questioning my relationship with my mother and got me thinking about it actively and how I can be a better daughter and assist her where I can. I totally related with some of the stories shared, further solidifying the fact that you do not have to give birth in order to understand mothers or be a mother. The circles has allowed me to redefine what being a mother is entirely. I definitely want to host a circle with my aunts, cousins, mom, gran and the rest of the matriarchs in the Mkosi family to have similar conversations.


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