BIO

I was born in Kent, South East London, raised by my mum and grandma, two strong black women who migrated to the UK from Sierra Leone in the late 80s. 

We moved around from Thamesmead to Belvedere, Slade Green and now Bexleyheath where my mum still resides, all areas where at the time it was literally 'spot the black person'. To me that reality was normal, to be in spaces where I was (and sometimes still am) the only black person in the room. 

It has never been a position that made me feel uncomfortable, but more so has made me recognise the need for equal representation.

When I started College however I made the conscious decision to step into my own, and surround myself with people who looked like me and I could identify with on a cultural level. I ended up attending St Francis Xavier College in South West London, which was a tedious 2-hour journey there and back 5 days a week!

Those 2 years became some of the most revelatory moments in my journey, but also became a place where I made friends for life. 

It didn't occur to me at the time, but I've always made the conscious decision to move around and travel into spaces that were new, unknown and had the potential to make me feel uncomfortable at first. I don't view myself as a risk-taker, but I've always been uncomfortable with the thought of being comfortable. 

 

A London girl moving to Leicester then became the next step on my journey.

 

I initially came here in 2008 to study Drama at De Montfort University (DMU), but now 12 years on, this city has become my home. 

 

Straight after graduating with my BA I did a Masters, again in Drama, where I really started to explore areas of research that have landed me where I am today. 

My whole life I had avoided the 'race topics' I hated everything that forced me into a box of being 'the black person talking about black things'. But little did I know I was that girl all along, simply because I am black and therefore will talk from a black perspective.

In my final year of studies, I was curious, inquisitive and intentional about finding answers to some of my struggles. And by chance, I met a young black girl who told me she was adopted by a white family. Her story fascinated me, but in a weird way defined so much about me and my upbringing. I asked her if I could stage a play about her life, where she would document her journey moment by moment. 

 

That encounter set me up to staging my first Verbatim play, launching my Theatre Company, to then working with local leaders in Leicester, and putting myself, my passion and skills on everybody's radar. 

 

In 2012 I was awarded Leicester's Young Person of the Year,  at the African and Caribbean Achievement Awards and a year later I was nominated for The Woman's Start-up Business of the Year Award by Leicestershire for Business.

I haven't been consistent with my Drama work over the years. Mainly because... well... LIFE! So I've since gone on to do various things from admin, working with vulnerable young people and adults, travelling, becoming a mum, to now being a presenter on BBC Radio Leicester.

One thing has stayed consistent though, and that's working with people to help them to discover their story, own it, and feel empowered with the confidence to share it, no matter how strange, ugly or simple it may seem. 

Why? Because silence is crippling, fear is a false reality and having a voice brings hope to you and the world around us. 

So I've created this space to connect, to encourage, to be vulnerable and to learn, as we go on a journey of finding the extraordinary in the everyday and ordinary. ​