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Hello Everyone!

I know I've been rather silent but that's because I have been working on a website to better showcase the content I have gathered over the years. I have divided it into six sections (see below) designed to aggregate the stories into similar categories.

There is also a section dedicated to events happening within our communities, a campaigns section that looks at causes that need awareness in our communities and a section on culture that features sub topics including fashion, arts, music, film, history and theatre.
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Being Black in Britain

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I recently attended an event with two British-Ghanaians in the media, which shone a light on how some of us second generationers (I know it's not a word...yet) have dealt with feeling foreign in the country of our birth.

The event was organised by The Media Society and Reed Smith LLP and was called Brit(ish) and Black - Growing Up in a Strange Land.

It introduced former T4 presenter June Sarpong and lawyer and journalist Afua Hirsch and was called Brit(ish) and Black - Growing Up in a Strange Land.

Both women are panellists on the Sky TV show The Pledge, both have launched new books and both have lived in Ghana at some points in their lives.

June came from a well-to-do family in Ghana, grew up during the Rawlings years and had to flee with her immediate family to Britain in the 1980s. She initially lived in council accommodation - so it was a world away from her life in Ghana.

Comparatively, Afua grew up in Wimbledon, London with her Ghanaian mum and Jewish dad and only lived in G…

Guest blogger: Joana Nyantakyiwaa - an inspirational mum

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International Women's Day and Mother's Day have all too keenly focussed the world's attention on the amazing women in all of our lives. My inspiration is much closer to home and comes from my amazing mum. She is not only beautiful, extremely accomplished as a business woman, mother, healer, chef, and positive thinker - she is unafraid of trying new activities.

She taught herself to knit and sew when my brother and I were children, graduated to crocheting doilies and then to creating fantastic flower arrangements. She inspired my love for creativity and established her own jewellery-making enterprise - creating earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
She set up her own business caring for elderly people for almost two decades and once that chapter in her life was drawing to an end, she went back to school and got a couple of GCSEs in English and Law (as you do!).
Saying I am proud of her would be an understatement and to highlight just how inspiring she continues to be, I wanted…

Brixton exhibition preserves Ghana’s past

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An East London family had no idea that two bags of letters brought back from Ghana would become the subject of a groundbreaking exhibition.

But when the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton got involved and enlisted the help of experts, these old documents - some dating back to 1894 - were deemed to be absolutely unique in Britain and a heritage asset that needed to be preserved.

The Adamah Papers exhibition was launched on Ghana Independence Day (6th March) and showcased letters written by and sent to Ewe King Fia Togbui Adamah II, and celebrated elements Ewe culture.

The link below highlights the journey of these papers from Ghana to the UK.


And check out an interview with exhibition curator Natalie Fiawoo. The exhibition is on until September 2018.


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Young, Black and Brilliant

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Seun Oboite represents an emerging crop of young Black entrepreneurs that are combining talent, education and a fearlessness about entering the business world. Even though the 21-year-old has yet to finish studying or gain long-term experience in the jobs market, he has already created his own company and is beginning to employ staff. Checkmate Concevoir, the events platform, only launched in November 2016 but already Seun is carving out a name for himself in Manchester and Guildford as the go-to man for digital events services.

Digital tools Checkmate Concevoir is a small and more competitive equivalent of Ticketmaster, said Seun. It caters for companies hosting smaller events (between 50 - 1000 people) than Ticketmaster would consider and gives them tools to promote an organised event; seek sponsors and access valuable analytics and meta data through the sister brand Vivus. His decision to develop the online platform came while he was at the University of Surrey in Guildford studying ae…

MisBeee Writes in a Year: Part 2

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July: Ayɛwoho-Kitawons A visit to literary festival Africa Writes resulted in a chance interview with Dr Sylvester Onwordi – son of the late British-Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta. Buchi remains my all-time favourite author and I’m proud to say that with the exception of one novel – I have read all her books. I interviewed Sylvester about his plans to launch a literary celebration to mark her life and work on 8 February, which was later featured in The New Black Magazine.

August: Difuu-Ɔsandaa At Black alternative music festival Afropunk, I met Natalie Fiawoo from the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) who was launching an exhibition of personal and private papers from Ewe Fia (King) – Togbui Adamah II. This was the first exhibition of its kind in London and you can read more here. In the same month I met the founder of Black British Bloggers - Mariam Bashorun and later joined her blogging group, learning new skills, building networks and finding potential writing opportunities. Thank you!
Sept…

MisBeee Writes in a Year - Part 1

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2017 has been a year of highs and lows for me but definitely one where I have learnt an awful lot from these experiences and from you. Below is a month by month summary of MisBeee Writes' Year in Review with the months displayed in Fante and Twi. 
January: Sanda-Ɔpɛpɔn The year started off strong with a powerful interview from Tabom descendent Kai Lutterodt. Kai can trace her Ghanaian heritage six generations back to Brazil and has family connections to Brazil House in Jamestown. Her story was not only an inspiration for me but spurred readers with Ghanaian heritage to get in touch and share their own journeys of tracing their family history back to Brazil. Autism awareness campaigner Venessa Bobb works tirelessly in the UK to dispel myths surrounding the condition in Black communities. This piece in the Voice was designed to keep this awareness going.


Never give up on your dreams is what I learnt after meeting and interviewing Robert Badu. Robert grew up in Ghana at a time when dysl…