Kɛ ɔde ɛ Glocal Citizens! I'm greeting you in the father tongue of this week's guest, Esther Armah, Founder and Executive Director of The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice - a global institute providing emotionality education in the context of race, gender and culture. "Kɛ ɔde ɛ" is "hello" in Nzema, which is also the native tongue of Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah. In addition to celebrating women all month, March 6th marked the 64th anniversary of Ghana's independence which, in the context of my conversation with Esther is a timely point of reflection on how contemporary society continues to process violence, healing and gender in the shadow of imperialism.
Esther, a Ghanaian Brit also has acclaimed experience as a multi media journalist, documentary maker and playwright with productions appearing on stages in New York, Chicago and Accra. She's a radio show host, a fellow podcaster as creator of 'THE SPIN', and has beed a television political commentator on MSNBC, CNN, GRITtv, BET and MSNBC. As a writer, her work has been published in The Guardian, West Africa magazine, Gawker, AlterNet.org, Salon.com, and The Huffington Post. Esther is truly a women on a change maker's mission addressing the systematic challenges that are pervasive throughout ALL cultures, and hers is a story you'll not want to miss.
She is currently living, working and playing mostly in Ghana; Esther still calls NYC and London "home" too.
Other topics of interest:
Million Women March
Women in the ANC
Truth and Reconciliation Commission South Africa
New Heritage Theatre Group