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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]