Celebrating the African Women in Poetry Guardians and vehicles of African identity, they had to have their “feet in tradition and their mind in modernity” (in the words of Félix Houphouët Boigny, first president of the Ivory Coast). They make life. They give direction and they see into the future- they are human but are called women. The essence of life is found in them. They are art themselves by definition and by design but…"Celebrating the African Women in Poetry"