Ama Badu

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I am a storyteller. We are part of a world which is getting smaller as our modes of communication broaden. With the advances of social media and modern technology, more voices have a platform to share their stories. But as our globe gets smaller there are still narratives that go untold, we still have voices in our communities that are marginalised, especially those of women. These are stories I am most interested in.

Zion’s Kitchen – Where Vegan Recipes and African Cuisines Collide

We’re halfway through the first month of the year. How has 2019 been for you so far?  Most of us are getting started on our New Resolutions. Some of us are giving up certain things to this month. One thing that’s been making a regular appearance on my timeline over...

World Afro Day: Founder Michelle De Leon Tells Us Why It’s Important Every Day of the Year 

  Earlier this week both celebrity stylist June Ambrose and actress Tracee Ellis Ross posted this clip:   https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq5fxDHHRiH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link   This video is an excerpt from a longer feature from Channel 4  News in 2016. Although two years have elapsed since this piece was composed, much of the rhetoric remains. We are still talking about...

Write To A Rebel: Nana Yaa Asantewaa

If you could write to any woman, dead or alive, who would it be? I was recently asked this question and I had to take a moment to think. This morning Penguin Random House released a beautiful set of postcards celebrating the achievements of fifty extraordinary women through history. This...

All Things African Art: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga On His Latest Collection Fragile Responsibility

Summers in London mean good food, good music and great art. One bright Friday morning I made my way through the busy streets of Holborn towards the October Gallery. Just days before I had joined many others in this gallery for the private viewing of Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga’s latest...

Shakarah’s Tasty Quail in Plum, Cameroon Pepper and Scent Leaves Sauce

I recently had the pleasure of being hosted by Shakarah, a catering service which uses sophistication, authenticity and class are key ingredients for each dish.  An intimate group of guests from all over the city gathered together in Richmond for a unique dining experience. Each course was carefully prepared by...

All Things Shakarah: How Margaret Overo is Evolving Catering and African Cuisine in London

Last month we celebrated the excellence of African music at the Wembley Arena. As ever, this year’s rendition of One Africa Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Working back stage and behind the scenes of this event was Margaret Overo, founder of Shakarah, a catering service which is committed...

Chef Mick Élysée, Ya Somo Spices and Fine Dining with African Cuisine

Earlier this year I tried Congolese food for the very first time at the hands of skilled Chef, Mick Élysée (click here to find out more). Since then he’s gone on to launch his own collection of spices called Ya Somo Spice Blend. This range is specially made to...

Afro Republik 2018: Wizkid, Afrobeats and the O2 Arena

On Saturday 26th May 2018, history was made. Afro Republik, an indoor festival celebrating Afrobeats, took on the prestigious O2 Arena. (For early musings on the night, click here.) The atmosphere in the arena reminded me very much of last year’s One Africa Festival at Wembley Stadium, pure good vibes....

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: London’s Southbank Centre to Celebrate Sixty Years Since the Novel’s Release

  I am a major bookworm! I’m currently in the final month of the final year of my undergraduate course in English Literature and my dissertation explores the representation of the father in West African literature. Of course one of my primary texts is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe....

The Future of Ghana and the Ghanaian Diaspora

I find myself talking about race and belonging on a regular basis. As a British born Ghanaian I am often confronted with questions of identity. I know I’m not the most Ghanian person, my Twi is appalling, my knowledge of Ghanian history is lacking and I cannot cook shito....