Raised between the alternate realities of Ghana and Britain, I am passionately curious about music, African culture, and counterculture. Through almost two decades of lecturing, researching, public speaking, developing creative projects, curating music, and freelance writing, I have championed arts and culture. Both speak to social imagination, without which society is incapable of dreaming itself out of its problems; doomed instead to regurgitate the present in shiny new scientific and technological forms.

I have explored this idea in settings ranging from classrooms to international conferences, and in numerous workshops, panels, podcasts, publications, and dance floors. Along the way, I have been profiled by platforms like the BBC, written for others like The Guardian, received a Miles Morland African Writers Scholarship, and DANIDA funding for Ph.D research on Ghana’s alternative music scene. In doing these things, I am creating pathways for young African creatives, cultural practitioners and journalists to follow that I did not have on my way up. It’s literally all for the culture: towards the expansion of our collective empathy and social imagination.

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