Saturday, 25 February 2012

Taiye Selasi

Nigerian/Ghanaian author and photographer Taiye Selasi of ‘Afropolitan’ fame has been on my radar ever since I found out she was the lady behind said popular phase!!!… Anyway I stumbled across this video and thought I’d share it with you…very interesting-me thinks………….. For more info about Taiye Selasi visit her website at:

More about
Selasi was born in London, England and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, the elder of twin daughters in a family of academics. Selasi's mother Dr. Juliette Tuakli, a pediatrician in Ghana, is widely known in West Africa for her advocacy of children's rights. Her father Dr. Lade Wosornu, a surgeon and public intellectual, has published numerous volumes of poetry, one included in the literature curriculum of Ghana. Selasi graduated summa cum laude with a BA in American Studies from Yale and holds an MPhil in International Relations from Nuffield College, Oxford. Taiye means first twin in her mother's native Yoruba. Selasi means God has heard in her father's native Ewe.

More Info about the ‘Afropolitan’
Afropolitan combines the words African and cosmopolitan to describe a contemporary generation of Africans. The term was popularized in 2005 by a widely-disseminated essay, "Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)" by Taiye Selasi. Originally published in March 2005 in the Africa Issue of the LIP Magazine, the essay defines an Afropolitan identity, sensibility and experience. In 2006 the essay was republished by the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town and in 2007 by The Nation in Nairobi, whereupon it went viral. Several communities, artists, and publications now use the label, most notably The Afropolitan Network, The Afropolitan Experience, The Afropolitan Legacy Theatre, The Afropolitan Collection, and South Africa's The Afropolitan Magazine. In June 2011 The Victoria and Albert Museum hosted "Friday Late: Afropolitans" featuring Ms. Afropolitan Minna Salami and author Hannah Pool. Musician-scholar Derrick Ashong uses the term to characterize his sound.


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