Nana-Ama Danquah

Nana-Ama Danquah

Fighting for the Life of Your Work

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Christabel Nsiah-Buadi

ALWAYS fight for the life of your creative work. It’s a twist on a lesson Nana-Ama Danquah shares on the show and one of the biggest takeaways I’ve learned from her over the years.

We first met in the aughts when she was a contributor on a radio show I supervised at NPR. Even then, she brought nothing but her ENTIRE self. That honesty unnerved me back then, and I tried my best not to show it. Today, I embrace it. 

As a writer, coach, and creator, she pushes her students and peers to embrace the truth in their work, and not just because it’s good for the soul. Your audience will connect deeply to your work. If you cry at what you write, the chances are your audience will, too. Because, at the end of the day, we’re all human.

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In this immersive interview, Nana-Ama shares her path to writing, delving into the cathartic power of memoir and the challenges and triumphs of ghostwriting. With her authentic style, she reveals the complex emotions that come with sharing intimate stories while navigating her narrative.

Read 'Black Joy' by Nana Ama

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Join host Christabel Nsiah-Buadi as she 'passes the mic' to Black creative visionaries worldwide. In this series of relaxed, engaging interviews, hear them reflect on moments that shaped their lives. Then, discover how these experiences inspired them to create art, media, and movements that celebrate their cultures - and shatter old narratives about them.