Raised between the alternate realities of London and Cape Coast, I am a lecturer, writer and DJ who is passionately curious about African arts, culture, counterculture and digital media. Culture matters, and I try to explain how across a broad range of subjects.
I currently balance lecturing at Webster University Ghana 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.
For close to two decades, I have been a practitioner within Accra’s creative arts scene. This has lead to profiles by the likes of the BBC and CNN (see ‘Press + Profiles’ under the Menu at the top-right). My writing has also featured in publications including The Guardian and The Africa Report.
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).
As a writer, I lean towards creative non-fiction but also use the weird to explore society and the mundane through short stories published in places like 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 in 2008.
Between degrees, I started DJing 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 thing. After moving to Ghana, I worked at a number of radio stations as a DJ, journalist and as one of Ghana’s first digital media professionals, laying down a social media blueprint many stations still follow today. I later became one of the first people employed by government to work in new media.
I hope I am doing all these things for community, for our youth, and for the culture; towards empathy and the expansion of our collective social imagination.