Raised between the alternate realities of London and Cape Coast, I am a lecturer, writer and DJ who is passionately curious about African arts, counterculture and digital media. Culture matters and I try to explain how across a broad range of subjects.
One of 19 writers currently shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship, my byline has featured in publications including The Guardian and The Africa Report. While I lean towards creative non-fiction, I also write short stories in which I use the weird to explore society’s mundane. These have been published in places including Litro Magazine and the Writers Project of Ghana anthology, The Sea Has Drowned the Fish. I was also a finalist in the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition (2008), alongside the likes of Yewande Omotoso and Molara Wood.
I started DJing in the early 2000s with London’s Amplified collective, helping to organize events for the likes of The Roots, spinning for artists including Erykah Badu and experimenting with African street sounds years before afrobeats became a scene.
Since moving to Ghana almost two decades ago, I have worked at a number of radio stations as a DJ, journalist and as one of Ghana’s first digital media professionals, laying down the social media blueprint many stations follow today. I broke a news story that lead to the resignation of an acting Minister of State and would became one of the first people employed by government to work in new media.
I have an LL.B in Law and an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy, both from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Today, I balance lecturing at Webster University’s Ghana campus with being a DANIDA-funded PhD candidate in Sociology under a five-year collaborative research project between the University of Ghana and Copenhagen Business School to help develop Ghana’s cultural and creative industries.
I am also the current chair of the board of trustees of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art.
I hope I am doing all these things for community and for the culture; towards empathy and the expansion of our collective social imagination.
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