I am a writer of poetry and non-fiction. I love telling a story because I know how a story can impact and influence people, and the decisions they make about what is going on around them. My first ever writing project was published in 2010 and my poems have been published in well-established poetry magazines in the UK. My recognition as a poet came as a direct result of the unprecedented success of my poem ‘Unpolished and Black’ which proved to be a much-needed breakthrough that then opened for other opportunities. My work appeared in PENning Magazine and in the ScottishPEN Anthology to mark their 90th anniversary celebration; and I was invited to read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and SOLAS Festival. Even though I am a poet just for fun, I absolutely love that my poetry has been published alongside the poetry of some leading names from Scotland’s literary community. I have self-published four poetry collections in which I explore the immigrant experience, stories that navigate from home to unfamiliar places, motherhood, black womanhood, identity, love, hope and so much more.
My writing is not always personal. I have an academic background in Contextual Theology from the University of Manchester; which is a field that I developed a passion for over the years, because of this, I like to question where God is in some of the world issues we have witnessed historically and currently. I also bring with me the experience of community having been exposed to a broad scenario of settings that affect families, especially women and children; which is why you will find that most of my writing confronts and gives an insight into various social issues drawn from communities across the world. I feel that the time that I invest in investigating social issues makes those issues well worth writing about.
I have always been enthusiastic about writing; but my main thing is transformational change. I have spent a long time dedicated to my mission of making a profound difference in people’s lives; so much such that I created Perspicacious Sista. I couldn’t be happier to have turned my passion for writing into something that I can define as part of my purpose.
Besides writing; I enjoy spoken word. I am an avid reader – with a very special interest in cultural diversity in diaspora, Liberation Theology, managing mental health, uplifting and educating African children. I am also the founder of Project Esperanza, an organization that brings awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse issues in black communities. I have been told that I have a big heart and have a great spirit to match it. Some people say that I am impulsive, spontaneous and awkward; – but warm, lol, they could be right! I see myself as a dreamer, an optimist, an advocate, a life explorer, a community builder, a traveler, a good food/art/music lover, a gardener, an obsessive recycler and above everything, a work in progress.
I am very appreciative of digital and online technologies, and their importance as they can provide an accessible place for me to connect with a wider audience. Please explore my site and stay in touch!