For two Black womxn translators, bringing Afro-Italian stories into English is an act of radical self-love and resistance.
Barbara Ofosu-Somuah is a data nerd, writer, and emerging Italian-to-English translator, from Accra, Ghana, and the Bronx, New York. Her translations attempt to bring the works of contemporary Afro-Italian writers to English-speaking audiences. She has received both Thomas J. Watson and Fulbright research fellowships to investigate the racialized lived experiences of Black folx, primarily womxn, across the African diaspora. Ofosu-Somuah has a bachelor of arts in sociology, psychology, and Italian, from Middlebury College.