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Finding African roots through literature: Pamela Ohene Nyako

Finding African roots through literature: Pamela Ohene Nyako Pamela Ohene Nyako has always been captivated by history. When she was young, she devoured books about ancient Egypt and Greece, learnt about the Holocaust from her German grandmother and was drawn to black history, including learning about legendary American civil rights [...]read more

The Politics of Hair, Identity and Confidence

The Politics of Hair, Identity and Confidence: Christiane Sungu & Lucrece Wasolua Christiane Sungu and Lucrece Wasolua-Kibeti met while competing in a beauty pagent, running to be the face of Congolese beauty in the UK and to be representatives of their roots in the diaspora. They went on to create Krowned, [...]read more

Wellbeing & Empowerment: Isa-Welly Locoh-Donou

Wellbeing & Empowerment: Isa-Welly Locoh-Donou “A better choice is different for everyone,” Isa-Welly, a London-based Pilates and wellness coach explains. “We all know what’s good or bad for us. I can’t define what’s good for you, because that’s not my job, I’m not you. My job is to empower people [...]read more

Reclaiming African Narratives: Omnia Shawkat

Reclaiming African Narratives: Omnia Shawkat “I was always Sudanese; it’s the only passport I ever had,” says Omnia Shawkat, Founder of Andariya. “But the Sudanese-ness only really came to me when I was visiting Sudan as an adult.” Omnia is the Founder of Andariya, a digital cultural platform amplifying stories from Sudan, South [...]read more

Aesthetic Activism: Desirée Bela-Lobedde Boleche

Aesthetic Activism: Desirée Bela-Lobedde Boleche Rootencial interviewed Desirée Bela-Lobedde Boleche, a blogger, activist and Afro-feminist who was born and lives in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital. She is of Equatorial Guinean descent and hails from Bioko island. Desirée earned a degree in Labour Relations and now combines her roles as a [...]read more

Writings Inspired By Stories: Angela Nzambi

Writings Inspired By Stories: Angela Nzambi Rootencial is delighted to introduce Angela Nzambi, a writer native of Lía, a town in the district of Bata – Equatorial Guinea, who also works with refugees, and whose writings are inspired by personal and professional stories. JB: Who is Angela Nzambi? AN: I [...]read more

From catwalk to classroom: Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

From catwalk to classroom: Noëlla Coursaris Musunka Noëlla Coursaris Musunka has walked catwalks in New York, runways in London and featured in top international fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair. But it is the supermodel’s non-profit project Malaika, empowering girls and women in the Democratic Republic of the [...]read more

Finding A Voice Through Art: Justin Kasereka

Finding A Voice Through Art: Justin Kasereka Rootencial is delighted to introduce Justin Kasereka, an emerging Congolese artist and illustrator from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and creator of our Africa Roots T-shirt illustration. A student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa, Justin’s academic training [...]read more

Embracing women diversity through nude: Ade Hassan, MBE

Embracing women diversity through nude: Ade Hassan, MBE Rootencial is delighted to introduce Ade Hassan, a London-based entrepreneur of Nigerian descent. Driven by a determination to celebrate diversity she decided to create Nubian Skin, a lingerie and hosiery product brand, with the objective of embracing colour representation for darker skin tones. “Empowering [...]read more