Raised between the alternate realities of London and Cape Coast, I am a lecturer, writer and DJ who is passionately curious about African counterculture, music and digital media. Culture matters, and I teach how it does so across a broad range of subjects.
A 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarship recipient, my byline has featured in publications including The Guardian and The Africa Report. I also write short stories (in which I use the weird to explore the mundane) that have been published in places including Litro Magazine and the Writers Project of Ghana anthology, The Sea Has Drowned the Fish. I was a finalist in the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition (2008), alongside the likes of Yewande Omotoso and Molara Wood.
I am currently writing a creative nonfiction book centered around the death of my younger brother. The Fall is a deeply personal memoir combining myth with intergenerational realities of Ghanaians grappling with broken masculinities and mental health issues, barely hidden behind the face of contemporary culture.
As a practitioner within Accra’s creative arts scene for close to two decades, I have been a member of the board of trustees of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art and I have also been profiled by the likes of the BBC, Global Voices and Culture Trip.
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 two decades before the recent rise of afrobeats.
Since moving to Ghana in 2006, 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 become 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).
Aside from my writing, I am currently teaching at Webster University’s Ghana campus while pursuing a PhD in Sociology under a DANIDA-funded research project between the University of Ghana and Copenhagen Business School, examining Ghana’s cultural and creative industries.
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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