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.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah has a diploma in performance coaching and a certificate in conflict mediation and has worked as a life coach and a public speaker. 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. She has also worked as a leadership trainer for London's Metropolitan Police.
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. 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. In March 2011 Sekyiamah was recognised by Arise magazine as one of "Ghana's Change Makers". Sekyiamah is the convener for Fab Fem, a feminist group that meets regularly in Accra.
Sekyiamah has written articles for The Guardian, This is Africa and Open Democracy. She wrote the Communications Handbook for Women’s Rights Organisations and has had short stories published in anthologies in many countries. 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.
Sekyiamah works as senior communications manager for the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). She is a member of the Black Feminism Forum Working Group. 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. 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.
Sekyiamah was a speaker at the 2015 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda and the 2016 Ake Books and Arts Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. She and her sister Abynnah Sekyiamah own MAKSI, a Ghanaian fashion brand.
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- "Standing on African Feminist Land". AWID 2016 International Forum. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Women Leading Africa: Conversations with Inspirational African Women". Good Reads. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "The Writivism Festival 2015: Exploring all things literature". The Star, Kenya. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Travelogue: From Kaduna to Abeokuta, the City Under the Rock • Olisa Blogazine". Olisa Blogazine. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "MAKSI launches maiden fashion boutique in Accra – citifmonline". Citi FM. 14 December 2015. Archived from the original on 14 December 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "The Team". MAKSI Clothing. Retrieved 10 November 2017.