It has been another extraordinary year. From the revelations of the Paradise Papers to the continuing investigation into Russia’s role in the US election, we’ve been there to provide insight, analysis and opinion every step of the way. And to find hope as we look ahead to 2018.
Hannah is completing her doctorate at the University of St Andrews. Her thesis is on current exclusionary practices in the British heritage industry and their moral and historical responsibility to discuss and disseminate BME historical narratives within the British built environment. Additionally, Hannah has worked as project coordinator for a project entitled ‘Barriers of Poverty and Inequality’ with the Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council (ELREC). In this project she worked with and researched African, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi communities to Edinburgh in order to better understand their barriers to personal and economic success. Her report served to give a voice to these disenfranchised communities in hopes that they can personally inform change at both the governmental and non-governmental level.
Although Nollywood has established itself as an industry to be reckoned with in Africa, many African parents are still unlikely to be thrilled with a child actively choosing acting as a desired profession. MaameYaa Baofo, a New-York based Ghanaian actress, is also gifted orator. MaameYaa Boafo was born in Pakistan and hails from Ghana, West Africa and currently lives in New York. Coming to the United States to obtain a double Bachelor degree in Journalism and French at Hood College, Ms. Boafo was then awarded the Levin Scholarship from Rutgers University where she received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has since gone on to play roles such as Ophelia in Hamlet, the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors and made her off-Broadway debut as Walter Mosley’s leading lady in his play LIFT.
In this talk, she uses her experience of pursuing acting despite discouragement from others to discuss the importance of being your authentic self without apology.
Terrorists, a wheatfield, a man wearing a bucket, pop-star like adulation over a man aged almost seventy…the recent UK general election had it all
July was eventful with a few but very significant things happening. At home in the UK, Theresa May lost her majority after calling a snap election. Giving Labour Leader Jeremy a political boost as he performed better than expected. Ironically of The election was meant to give the Tories is stronger majority and better mandate.