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 […]

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 the subconscious – The importance of Chi in Igboland

The Dictionary defines the subconscious as “existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness”. The subconscious can evoke perceptions of the unknown as well as the feeling that it is a difficult thing to understand or engage with, particularly in moments where we feel consumed by negative energy and unsure of how we […]

Exploring the relationship between creativity and identity – The importance of music in Mandinka history

How do we embark on a process of defining our identity in spaces which often give little room for such a thing to occur organically? If no time is given to explore and understand who we are then how can we ever claim to know ourselves? Creativity, an opportunity which offers the chance to explore […]

Connecting past with present – Art from the Fang people

How do we establish a healthy dialogue with our past without affecting our ability to remain in the present? Remaining fully in the present is often regarded as an essential part of letting go and centering our focus to our current situation. However, is paying some of our attention to the past a complete disservice […]