Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Occupation Writer, blogger, businesswoman
Known for Writing on women's rights and sexuality

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Ghanaian feminist writer and blogger. She co-founded award-winning blog Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women and has written for The Guardian and Open Democracy. Sekyiamah is a senior communications manager for the Association for Women's Rights in Development and a member of the Black Feminism Forum Working Group which organised the historic first Black Feminist Forum in Bahia, Brazil.

Life

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah has a a diploma in performance coaching and a certificate in conflict mediation and has worked as a life coach and a public speaker. [1] She was also awarded a bachelor of science degree in communications and cultural studies by the University of North London and a master of science degree in gender and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. [1] She has also worked as a leadership trainer for London's Metropolitan Police. [1]

Sekyiamah co-founded the blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, to help widen discussion of sex and sexuality by African women and provide a forum for them to talk openly. [2] [3] She won the best overall blog and best activist blog prizes at the 2013 Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards and best overall blog again in 2014. [2] In March 2011 Sekyiamah was recognised by Arise magazine as one of "Ghana's Change Makers". [1] Sekyiamah is the convener for Fab Fem, a feminist group that meets regularly in Accra. [1]

Sekyiamah has written articles for The Guardian, This is Africa and Open Democracy. [3] [4] [5] She wrote the Communications Handbook for Women’s Rights Organisations and has had short stories published in anthologies in many countries. [6] Sekyiamah has written widely on the sexuality of African women and has also had an article (Standpoint: Adventures from Our Bedrooms – Blogging about diverse erotic experiences) published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Feminist Africa. [3] [7]

Sekyiamah works as senior communications manager for the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). [5] She is a member of the Black Feminism Forum Working Group. [8] She co-authored Creating Spaces and Amplifying Voices: The First Ten Years of the African Women's Development Fund on the early history of the fund. [6] She also wrote Women Leading Africa: Conversations with Inspirational African Women, a collection of interviews with women from across Africa on topics including feminism, politics and the arts that came about through her work with the AWDF. [1] [6] [9]

Sekyiamah was a speaker at the 2015 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda and the 2016 Ake Books and Arts Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. [10] [11] She and her sister Abynnah Sekyiamah own MAKSI, a Ghanaian fashion brand. [12] [13]

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