Meet Esi of Akatasia

Jane: A little about yourself

Esi: My name is Henrietta-Esi and I am the founder and curator of Akatasia.com. I was born and raised in the south east of England to Ghanaian parents. I am a mum and a full time web developer.

J: When and why did you start your website?

E: I started akatasia.com at the end of 2012. As a product of the diaspora, it was initially a way for me to document and get reacquainted with my culture through creative arts (a personal passion of mine). The site has since grown to become a hub for readers to discover interesting talent from Africans all over the word.

J: Why the name Akatasia?

E: Akatasia means lady in Twi (Akan) which pertained to me and is the main premise for what I tend to focus the posts on. I like to showcase female creatives from Africa and the diaspora, as well as men and non africans that embark on creative projects that help to put African culture in a positive light.


J: What motivates you to keep Aketesia going?

E: My motivation stems from wanting to learn more and being inspired. I've always wanted to pursue a career that's artistic in nature. Most of my (African) peers that I grew up with were always encouraged by their parents to select careers that are considered stable (for example being a doctor, lawyer etc, etc) so I'm always in awe when I see others following their passions by going the creative route and excelling in it.

J: What is your aspirations for Akatasia?

E: In the past Akatasia.com has had the opportunity to partner with several great organizations like the Face of Africa Germany and currently the Ghana Startup Cup. We also hosted giveaways with several startup companies. My hope is to continue to grow these relationships and concentrate on increasing online presence.

J: There are several Afropolitan platforms out there now. What makes Akatasia different?

E: With akatasia.com, my passions lies in promoting the artistic endeavors of Africans in general. I use a lot of visual aids (images, videos) to share stories because I'm aware that a lot of people don't have time to sit and read.

With 'Afropolitan' platforms, most of us are putting out a creative and more positive image of Africans and Africa. I believe it's important to have more platforms that embrace this role–it helps to create a more positive impact.

J: What interesting lessons have you learnt from being curator at Akatasia?

E: In the early days, I was really flattered when someone showed an interest in Akatasia. So much so that I would accept and publish a lot of work that I didn't believe in or feel was right for the platform, I soon realized that it's ok to be honest and say 'no'. In other words, blog with integrity, stay true to yourself and don't lose sight of what your platform is about.

J: If someone wishes to be featured on your website, how should they go about it?

E: I'm always excited to learn about new people and new projects. We can be contacted via our contact page.

J: What advice do you have for anyone who wishes to do something similar to what you are doing?

E: Simple. Go for it!

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  1. Thank you Jane! love the feature.

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    1. No, thank you, Esi! I'm glad you're happy with it. :))

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