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Fill out the form below for a chance to have your story featured on our website.

Before submitting to us, please read our Editorial Standards and our editorial style guide below:

Formatting Standards
  • Goal: ensure high levels of readability for the audience
  • Diligent use of subtitles to summarize, segment and break up text
  • Incorporating images that also help support + break up the text
  • Call-to-actions incorporated towards the end of the piece
  • Bold proper names first time mentioned
  • Album names/films/books etc are italicized
  • Italicize words that are in another language
  • Only use single quotations for album names/films etc in the titles of a post
  • Double quotation for songs in the body of a text
  • When mentioning someone in an article, use their full name upon the first mention, and their last name thereafter
Writing Practices
  • Common practices to ensure quality writing
  • Prioritize clarity and readability
  • Include stats and attributions
  • Link to sources
  • Double check titles, names and pronouns
  • Include proper accent marks
  • Proper citation of all sources within stories
Language
  • AMAKA uses British English and spelling
  • Must capitalize B in “Black” when referring to people or culture
  • Capitalize “Afrobeat/Afrobeats”
  • Capitalize “Pan-African”
  • When using foreign words or phrases, format them with italics or place them in quotation marks
  • All African country names are capitalized
  • Use Côte d'Ivoire instead of Ivory Coast
  • For the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, DR Congo, Congo and Congo-Kinshasa are acceptable
  • For the Republic of the Congo, Congo-Brazzaville is also acceptable
  • For Central African Republic, CAR is also acceptable
  • Both Cape Verde and Cabo Verde are acceptable

Submission form

We want to hear from you

Want to be featured on the site? Have a hidden talent? Cool photos to share? Do you have a new and unique business? Trying to change the world?
Let us know in the form below!

Please note that due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we’re only able to respond to submissions that align with our content pillars, and that are relevant to our audience. We do not accept promotional materials, pornography, advertisements, or any derogatory depictions of Africa. We’re looking for nuanced, interesting and relevant new ideas, stories and people to spotlight!