In ancient Egyptian lore, the goddess Ma’At is a deity presiding over the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities. Inspired by the tale of Ma’At, freelance journalist Shamira Muhammad has created a new way to explore the globe. Her new magazine, Ma’Ati, is a digital platform that is part graphic novel and part travel webzine.
Backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $13,000, the magazine helps the reader travel the globe, one chapter at a time. Inspired by her nomadic childhood and love of travel, Ma’Ati provides innovative travel content for explorers. Shamira founded the magazine after years of advising friends and family on unique travel experiences welcoming to people of color.
The novel follows the story of Shamira (inspired by the founder’s actual world trips) as she seeks to uncover the secrets of her heritage. So far, she has visited Cuba, Jamaica, and New Orleans, among others. The response to the online publication has been incredibly positive, as it carves out a new niche in art, literature, and cultural tourism. Word on the street is that Shamira’s next destination will be Accra.