Arts & Culture
African Spirituality: The Sacred Power of Self-healing & Transformation
- 10:00 pm
21 December 2020
In its fullest expression, African Spirituality promotes self-healing and transformation. It is a life-long process based on the aspiration of deep self-knowledge, awareness and personal growth.
Rituals and observances, related to natural and cosmological forces, are integral to this process. By exploring African spiritual systems, our presenters highlight principles, methods and strategies that can raise our vibration and make way for healing to take place.
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Artwork by Tamara Natalie Madden
Themes & Speakers:
Yaa Asantewaa: Don’t let them call it madness: altered reality as spiritual awakening
Writer and Independent Scholar, Yaa Asantewa was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the UK in 1980. Her interest in African traditional spiritual practices and cultural identity inspired her Ph.D. thesis on Guyanese Komfa. She set up Way Wive Wordz Publishing, Editing and Tuition Services, an education platform to accommodate a range of learning and creative aspirations. Her published work includes: Elijah, Something Buried in the Yard, The Awakening and Other Poems Guyanese Komfa: The Ritual Art of Trance and Mama Lou Tales: A Folkloric biography of a Guyanese Elder. The anthology, In Search of Mami Wata: Narratives and Images of African Water Spirits, for which she is Editor, was published in November 2020.
Dalian Adofo: The personal transformative power of African Spirituality
Dalian Adofo BA (Hons), PGCE, MA is an Educational Consultant, Academic researcher and freelance creative artist who works across a range of media; from graphic design to film and video. He has been in the teaching profession for over 16 years and also works on a range of youth work initiatives, both locally in the UK and abroad. He is a published author of ‘Reflections on Ghana’ and ‘Spirit is Eternal’, and has also written and directed personal shorts and exhibited his artwork. He is the Co-Director and Founder of the Educational Initiative Ancestral Voices, which aims to demystify and destigmatise African Spiritual Knowledge systems from the colonial misrepresentations it has been identified with for centuries.
Header Image: ‘Gathering of the Psyche’ by Tamara Natalie Madden
Dates & times
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | 21 December 2020