She stared down the obstacles to make reading material more accessible in West Africa

Ayaba Totin, holding some books from a typical delivery of Ayaba’s Box of Books.

AAyaba Totin knew she had to leave France when her daughter, now seven, came home after her first day of kindergarten and told her that she didn’t want to be Black anymore. A classmate had said that her skin was ugly, called her names, and wouldn’t let her join games…

Joy Notoma

Joy Notoma is a writer/journalist based in Benin Republic. Her work is in Longreads, CNN, and Al Jazeera, among other publications. Follow her @joy_notoma.

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