I arrived in Salvador da Bahia, the land my Tabom ancestors left close to 200 years ago for their freedom in West Africa, more specifically Accra Ghana (then the Gold Coast). I almost didn’t include Salvador in this Brazil trip after flight prices sky rocketed due to the holidays, and my credit card suddenly not… Continue Reading →
Salvador da Bahia! Historically known as the “City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints”. Brazil’s vibrant Afro-Brazilian capital, renowned for its positive energy (which by the way is contagious) and happy people, has had an immense impact on me since my arrival earlier this year. So to say goodbye not just to the city… Continue Reading →
So I got my press pass in time for carnival!… Where there is a will, there is a way! Yesterday I met Kwamy Hashid, an Angolan professional photographer (with perhaps the largest lens in the business!) who I accompanied throughout the evening into the night as we whizzed in and out of the parades working… Continue Reading →
It’s been a while since I updated my blog- apologies! Lets just say I’m adjusting to Salvador! Every corner has something intriguing to offer… And nothing here is done in haste! When I think of Bahia, I immediately think of it’s capital Salvador and it’s strong Afro-Brazilian culture. Little did I know areas of Bahia,… Continue Reading →
A collection of pictures from my first ever visit to Salvador, Bahia in 2009. Little did I know about my ancestral (TABOM) connection with this city. Salvador still managed to leave a profound impact on me with all its glory; from history and culture to the people and food! It’s no wonder I claimed to… Continue Reading →
Love or hate social media, one thing it doesn’t fail on doing is being outlet for calling out offence. And that’s exactly what I woke up to today as my Instagram feed continuously shared posts about Vogue Brasil director’s lavish colonial-themed bash… Admittedly I had no idea the exact extend of the outcry, until this… Continue Reading →
2019 – The Year of Return
“In the year 2019, we open our arms even wider to welcome home our brothers and sisters in what will become a birthright journey home for the global African family.” – President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.
Finding my roots in Brazil Part of understanding who my Tabom ancestors were, and subsequently who I am, includes unravelling the past events which lead to them fleeing Brazil for their freedom back to West Africa… To be back in Bahia, in 2019 – The Year of Return – on the date of the… Continue Reading →
2019 marks 400 years since the start of the West Africa Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which which is documented to have began in 1419. 2019 marca os 400 anos do início do tráfico de escravos do oeste africano pelo atlântico, documentado desde o começo de 1419.
It’s exactly 2 years since I got a phone call that would change the my fate, particularly in education. When UAL admin called to tell me a “mistake” had been made – I couldn’t carry on with the second year studying BA Journalism, because I’d “failed” my first year, I thought my world would come crashing… Continue Reading →