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 […]

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 […]

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 process of cleansing – Bathing rituals in Berber tradition

When thinking about the process of cleansing, this links to the idea of letting go and ridding ourselves of things or habits that no longer serve us. Whether it is the physical act of taking a regular shower or bath, decluttering our living spaces or letting go of certain emotions that have been internalised from […]

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 […]

Unpicking the concept of minimalism – The nomadic Cushite communities of Somaliland

To be a minimalist, what does this actually entail? Within this discourse, much attention tends to be placed on what a person does or does not possess with little emphasis placed on mindset. At times, it can feel as if minimalist Olympics are being pursued in place of establishing a connection to our surroundings. Taking […]

Understanding our body language – Bodily sensations among the Anlo Ewe people

Body language, a way of relaying the words that are often left unsaid. Its existence draws attention to the important role that our bodies can play in divulging how we truly feel about situations. Cultivating the space to explore our bodies and how they store emotions is crucial in the process of knowing who we […]

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 […]