doek | (dʊk) | (noun): a cloth or a headscarf
‘Doek | (dʊk) | (noun): Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia
Doek! | (dʊk) | (noun): A Namibian literary magazine
Doek! is a free and independent online literary magazine produced in Windhoek, Namibia. It publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia, the Namibian diaspora, and Africa.
Founded by Mutaleni Nadimi and Rémy Ngamije, Doek! is an important step—but not the only step—towards creating a diverse, curious, and robust literary culture in Namibia. The magazine seeks to produce nuanced, exciting, challenging, disturbing, and transformative work.
By publishing diverse writers and visual artists, Doek! seeks to provide an encounter—a first and equal meeting—between the known and unknown, between local storytellers and an international audience.
As a literary journal, Doek! seeks to emulate cousin publications such as AFREADA, Bakwa Magazine, Brittle Paper, Chimurenga, Jalada, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Kalahari Review, Kwani?, and Saraba by contributing to Africa’s literary footprint.
Though the magazine’s vision is grand, its first steps in the literary world—its contributor focus, and its efforts—are local. Doek! primarily publishes work from Namibia while it establishes Namibian writing and art in the country’s literary consciousness. However, as part of the international literary community, Doek! periodically invites international storytellers to share their work and voices on its platform.
Doek! is currently published in English. In time the magazine hopes to publish in Namibia’s diverse languages.
Editor-in-chief: Rémy Ngamije
Contributing editors: Kavena Hambira, Coletta Kandemiri, Mutaleni Nadimi, Emily Schlink, and David Smuts.