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 […]

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

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 […]