Afrika Abney is a Native Washingtonian and a member of AuthorNation, Authorsden, Shelfari, Edit Red Writing Community, Black Writers Forum, and many others.
She is influenced by E.Ethelbert Miller, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Gil Scott - Heron and Lucille Clifton. Some of Afrika’s favorite writers include E.Ethelbert Miller, Eloise Greenfield, Sylvia Dianne Beverly "Ladi Di", Kwame Alexander, Joy Alford "Sistah Joy", Billye Okera, Dolores Kendrick, Maya Angelou, Nataki Suggs, Angeline Bandon-Bibum, Vickie M.Oliver-Lawson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston and Sarah Browning.
Her poetic theme touches on various subjects such as politics, life, spirituality, war, revolution, culture, peace and freedom. Afrika is known for her political and spiritual pieces such as 'When Freedom Comes', 'When Peace Comes', 'Peace', 'I pray', "I Dance,' and 'Pray America' are just to name a few.
She began writing poetry while in junior high school. During this period, Afrika has won several awards and accolades from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Young Artist Community Service Grant 2003), JMW Publishing (Poets of the Year 2002) and International Library of Poetry (Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry 1999-1997, & 2007). She was nominated for best promoter 2004 for Marguerite Press Third Annual Small Press Awards.
Afrika’s poetry has been featured on various websites and featured in various newsletters.
She has performed her original poetry at variety of venues in the Metropolitan region. Additionally, Afrika has shared the stage with many phenomenal poets such as Sylvia Dianne Beverly "Ladi Di", Kwame Alexander, Joy Alford "Sistah Joy", Billye Okera, Lottie Mae MDonald “Grandma Slam”, Michelle Sewell, Kim Bey, Regena Anderson “Sonray”, Abena Disroe “Highpriestess of Poetry”, Avery Lanier, Bomani Armah, Laurelle Blair, Gregory T.Boykin, Charisse Carney-Nunes, Jeffrey Duarte, E-Baby, and many more.
Furthermore, she has appeared on the air waves of WPFW 89.3 FM, WHUR 96. 3 FM. She also has also appeared in several newspapers and community newsletters such as the Washington Post, DC North, The Corner Forum, Washington Informer, Free Fall Literary Newsletter and Ya'Sou! Ezine.
Afrika has written several articles, book reviews, reviews, interviews, and stories. In addition to writing articles, book reviews, and stories, she also writes grant proposals, contracts, press releases, professional bios and resumes.
Some of her articles, book reviews, reviews, interviews, or stories have appeared at websites, newsletters, magazines or listservs such as Authorsden, DC Indy Media, Poetic Voices, Poetry and Book Reviews, Ezine Articles, Community Arts Newsletter, E Prince George Newsletters, News Maryland, Get Underground, The Cheers Magazine, Articles Base, DC Guide, Baltimore Indy Media, Got Poetry, Midwest Book Review, Phosphorescence Magazine, BrooWaha New York, New York Indy Media, The Rock eNewsmagazine, Black Thought Magazine – Issue 01, and others.
Afrika has served as a guest host for Summer is Magic Artist's Reception on July 17, 2003 at the Martin Luther King Library,The Poets Den (Kaffa House) on July 26, 2001, Word of Mouth on March 13, 2003 held at Bossa Bistro, Open Mic held at John Nelson Gallery on November 8, 2003, and A Night of Poetry on February 19, 2004 at Trinity College, Cullivy Lounge. She was the host of 1st Thursday Poetry Open Mic Fest sponsored by Cultural Development Corporation and Starbucks, managed by Desho Productions.
Afrika has designed, hosted, sponsored and produced numerous events that took place in the Metropolitan region. Among them included The Spirit Through Us, Poetry Fest, Night of Poetry, Mothers Day Celebration, Cultural Fair, Women's History Month Poetry Seminar, Poetry and Music Open Mic, Summer Festival and Fundraiser, A Family Affair, Celebration of Love and History, Poetry for Peace, Ancestral Celebration and Building Self - Esteem Through Self Awareness, Royal Words Poetry Lounge and Poetic Beats. She also was co-coordinator of Provisions Poetry Fest and Free the Peace.