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  • “Leave the Burden and Carry the Joy”

    “Leave the Burden and Carry the Joy”

    For the past three weeks, I’ve been in Benin, West Africa, working on my project to create A Women’s Oral History of West Africa supported by the National Geographic Society and Sennheiser. In 2022, I became a National Geographic Explorer. Over the next two years, I’ll be travelling along the coast of West Africa, from […] Read more

  • Lessons from 2022 (Part 1)

    Lessons from 2022 (Part 1)

    As I look back over the past 12 months, two milestones, in particular, stand out. The first is the completion of the mudLIBRARY, a newly-built eco-library constructed entirely from sustainable materials, a collaboration between ArchiFair, an Austrian architectural NGO, Hive Earth, a Ghanaian rammed earth construction company, and the Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD). Finally handed over to the people of Nsutam in Ghana’s Eastern Region at the end of November 2022, the library is the culmination of four years of planning and delays and, above all, teamwork. Here’s what I learnt from the experience: Read more

  • Talk: A Masterclass on Social Change

    Talk: A Masterclass on Social Change

    September 7, 2022 | 2 pm GMT | University of Ghana, Balme LibraryA Masterclass on Social Change From the organisers: In partnership with IFED Global, Peace First, a global incubator for youth-led social change, is holding a masterclass designed to ignite the urgency and creativity of young people across Africa towards sustainable community development. In the flagship […] Read more

  • “We have as much to teach as we have to learn”

    “We have as much to teach as we have to learn”

    I wrote a short essay for the Pro Helvetia blog on my recent research trip to Switzerland. Click the link below to read: “In April 2022, I travelled to Switzerland with a keen sense of purpose and an open mind eager to learn how to better my organisation’s practice. If I’m honest, it seemed odd […] Read more

  • Talk: 30 Minutes with Sylvia Arthur: litafrika

    Talk: 30 Minutes with Sylvia Arthur: litafrika

    August 23, 2022 | 10:15 am GMT / 12:15 pm CET | Online litafrika: poetry from a continent30 minutes with Sylvia ArthurStrauhof Zurich, live broadcast The “Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora” (LOATAD) in Accra, Ghana, is a library, but also an archive, a museum, a writing residency, and a research facility: It is dedicated […] Read more

  • Talk: The enduring legacy of Ralph Ellison

    Talk: The enduring legacy of Ralph Ellison

    August 6, 2022 | 6:30 pm EST | Online I’m honoured to be giving a presentation on the enduring legacy of iconic African-American writer, Ralph Ellison (1913-1994) and his contemporary relevance/resonance at The Eighth Annual Ralph Ellison Foundation Gala on 6 August 2022 at 6.30 pm EST. The Gala, on the theme “Hope and Healing,” […] Read more