I am a feminist, an African woman, a blogger, a sister, a daughter, a writer, a life coach and a trainer. I treasure and hold my multiple identities because that gives me the freedom to pursue my multiple interests and enables me to be who I want to be. I value creativity, independence and happiness. I indulge my creativity through my writing, nurture my independence and prioritise indulging in fun, recreational activities.
My professional life as a Director of Communications and Tactics with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) allows me to marry my passions, beliefs and skills. I believe that all women have the right to a joyful, fulfilling and rewarding existence free from the socio-cultural limitations often placed upon women.
In my life I have been inspired by the achievements of women from all across the globe including the African- American writer/lecturer/poet Maya Angelou, the Ghanaian professor/writer Ama Ata Aidoo and South African activist Pregs Govender. Through her writings Maya Angelou has taught me the importance of perseverance, bravery and creativity. Ama Ata Aidoo is an inspirational writer to many Ghanaians and in person is warm and generous of spirit. I admire Pregs for her “love and courage”. The qualities I admire in my heroines are those qualities that I continually aim to bring to all that I do in my life.
One of my current passions is documenting the lives of African women. I think more African women need to write and document their lives and herstories. Those of us who can read and write have the additional responsibilities of not only documenting our lives but the lives of our mothers, aunties and grandmothers who may not be able to capture their life stories. My grand aunt never had the opportunity to gain an education simply because she is a woman. However her brother, my grandfather, had the opportunity to gain an education, travel the world and write his story. One of my goals is to continue capturing my grand aunt’s herstory and to publish her biography.
Recently I have also been very interested in creating a repository of knowledge on the diverse sexualities of African women. Too little is known about women’s sexuality and even less is known about the diverse sexualities of African women. I think African women need safe spaces to learn and share knowledge about our diverse sexualities. I believe the anonymity of the internet may be able to provide one such space which is why I have started a blog on African women’s sexualities.