KALENDA | Exploring links between Trinidadian and Angolan Heritage

The second installment of my five part video series offering a glimpse at some of the similarities between elements of Caribbean and African heritage. The second video explores Kalenda, a tradition that is practiced in many parts of the Caribbean. The video focuses on the stick-fighting element which is practiced in Trinidad, and gauging the […]

ABEOKUTA | Exploring links between Jamaican and Nigerian Heritage

The first of a five part video series offering a glimpse at some of the similarities shared between elements of Caribbean and African heritage. The first video features a discussion about a place called Abeokuta nature park in Jamaica, which takes its name from Abeokuta, a city in present-day Nigeria. I share some of my […]

In conversation with Abantu May: On holistic living and ancestry

What does it mean in practice to navigate through life from a space of intention? It is a process which requires time, dialogue with self as well as a establishing a connection to surroundings. From this basis, we leave ourselves better equipped to gauge the interconnected nature of the human experience which in turn, mirrors […]

In conversation with Tokunbo Okuwobi: On travel and heritage

Connecting to ancestry through travel offers one way to engage with the past. Having the opportunity to physically encounter the spaces that have shaped societies can facilitate a deeper understanding of heritage. Be it sacred sites or landscapes, each offers a glimpse at gauging key aspects of daily life from communities of the past. Tokunbo […]

In conversation with Femi Oyebode: On cultural practices and the human experience

How do we promote an engagement with culture and ancestry in a way that is neither rigid nor dismissive? Culture is the product of a set of belief systems. By recognising that all beliefs are susceptible to change one is able to gauge the fluidity of culture. Applying this fluidity to the process of connecting […]

In conversation with Edaoto Agbeniyi: On spirituality and music

Music as a tool for self-expression, education and a way to engage with the past. Its presence draws attention to one way that elements of the past have transcended through generations, providing an opportunity to connect to ancestry. Edaoto & the Afrogenius Band are a nine-piece collective that play Afrobeat music, which they describe as […]

In conversation with Emmanuelle Maréchal: on Multiculturalism and ancestry

Curiosity in the process of engaging with the human experience serves as an important element in fostering spaces to celebrate diversity and forge connections. When we ask questions, we allow ourselves to be open to another point of view as opposed to interacting with different ways of living from a set of rigid expectations. In […]

In conversation with Joy Mogami: On inner healing and ancestry

Doing the work on self through healing and nurturing a sense of alignment contributes to forging a better understanding of our purpose. It is a process that can feel awkward, confusing and frustrating at times, drawing attention to the obstacles that can emerge as we evolve. When you create the space to know yourself, this […]

Speaking the same language – The role of the Wolof language in bringing communities together

Connecting to others despite the differences that we have is a process which draws attention to the similarities which can exist in each of us, that transcend experiences, spaces, origins, background etc. At a time where it feels as if a lot of emphasis is being placed solely on highlighting how vastly different groups of […]