Choumali, who is half Ivorian, half Spanish-Equatorial-Guinean, used to visit her grandmother in Abengourou, Ivory Coast during the holidays. However, a language barrier prevented conversation, and her grandmother struggled to pass on her experiences as a woman of the Akan people.
“I realized that even if I knew about her life, I didn’t know much about her inner thoughts,” the photographer explains. “All these unanswered questions led me to take portraits of other women in a similar situation.”
Her series “Resilients” captures women who are told they aren’t “real Africans,” says Choumali. She focused on the generation of women growing up in cities or out of their country of origin, picking up international influences along the way.