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 […]

In conversation with Minna Salami: On feminism and ancestry

Cultivating the space to contribute to heritage draws attention to the importance of engaging with ancestry and culture from a critical angle where we can place ourselves in a position to ask questions and explore different perspectives. It is a process that embraces an openness towards tradition and highlights the role that each of us […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 interconnectedness of the human experience, which mirrors the interconnectedness of […]

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 […]

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 […]