Episode 175

Innovation in Acculturation with Kobina Ankomah Graham Part 2


May 23rd, 2023

50 mins 28 secs

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Special Guest

About this Episode

Greetings Glocal Citizens!

My guest this week is Ghanaian-Briton, DJ, lecturer, cultural writer and researcher Kobina “Kobby” Ankomah Graham. Raised between the alternate realities of Ghana and Britain, he is passionately curious about music, African culture, and counterculture. Through almost two decades of lecturing, researching, public speaking, developing creative projects, curating music and freelance writing, he has championed arts and culture.

He has explored this idea in settings ranging from classrooms to international conferences, and in numerous workshops, panels, podcasts, publications, and dance floors. Along the way, he has been profiled by platforms like the BBC, written for others like The Guardian, received a Miles Morland African Writers Scholarship and DANIDA funding for Ph.D. research on Ghana’s alternative music scene. In doing these things, he is creating pathways for young African creatives, cultural practitioners and journalists to follow. These sentiments come through poetically in this two-part conversation offering wonder-filled insight into a life lived in Accra in view of an evolving arts and culture scene impacting both the local and global creative landscapes.

Where to find Kobby?
On LinkedIn
On Instagram

What’s Kobby reading?
A Quick Ting on Afrobeats by Christian Adofo
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington
Harmattan Rain

What’s Kobby watching?
The Power
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
African Queens on Netflix
Cleopatra on Netflix

What’s Kobby listening to?
Big Think
Soulection Radio
Oroko Radio

Other topics of interest:
Koforidua, Ghana
Mmofra Channel
Kweku Ananse
Ovation Magazine
About Dust Magazine
Ashesi University
Webster University
What happened to Damilola Taylor?
About the murder of Stephen Lawrence
Buduburam Refugee Camp
Professor John Anarfi
University of Ghana’s Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
Kasapreko Company, Ltd Ghana
Some notes on Pidgin English
What is Detty December
Ebo Taylor
Asakaa Boys
Black Sherif
Efua Sutherland
Esi Sutherland-Abby
KiDi’s latest release, I lied
Gabriel Myers Hanson
Pigeons & Planes