Encounters with cognitive dissonance: A review of The Long Song

Cognitive dissonance refers to the internal conflict between mind and body that can exist within each of us. It is an example of feeling misaligned about a situation, where the feeling of a deep sense of discomfort represents an alarm clock calling for our full attention towards a situation. By directing our attention to a […]

LOS CONGOS DE VILLA MELLA | Exploring heritage links between the Dominican Republic and Congo

The third installment of my five part video series offering a glimpse at some of the similarities between elements of Caribbean and African heritage. This video explores Los Congos de Villa Mella, a catholic brotherhood hailing from the Dominican Republic. Established by African slaves on the island 500 years ago, it is described as a […]

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 […]

Exploring the impact of negative thoughts – Witchcraft among the Azande

Taking ownership for our actions and reactions can feel very awkward, especially from negative experiences. When we take a step back to ask ourselves the question ‘what am I learning from this?’ and hold ourselves accountable for the perspectives and emotions which we carry, this can aid the process of managing and understanding our thought […]

Exploring ways to engage with the past – Puppet Masquerades in Bamana society

How do we place ourselves in a position where we do not live in the past, but instead, learn and adapt from it? Tradition is something that should provide a sense of foundation and fluidity, enabling us to connect and learn from our roots whilst preserving this knowledge in a meaningful way which we can […]

Learning from nature – Connections to surroundings among the Shona people

Nature comes in a variety of forms, and we are constantly reminded of its abundance when we observe our surroundings. From the diverse natural landscapes that exist across the world and the broad range of animals on land and in water, as well as plants, vegetables and fruits, all are prime examples of the result […]

Exploring our spirituality – Connections to source in Chokwe society

Why does it feel as if spirituality is treated like a separate entity at times? Almost as if it were another thing to tick off a long list of things to do throughout the week. Establishing and maintaining our spirituality is an intimate process, which each one of us determines in our own way. By […]

Exploring our encounter with process and production – The significance of the Kente cloth in the Asante Kingdom

Do we fully engage in all aspects of the areas that we invest and apply ourselves in? Process and productivity are two concepts which are interlinked, yet it can often feel as if emphasis is heavily placed on productivity alone. In spaces that have accumulation at the forefront, there is a tendency to seek out […]