After years of doing lots of different things including writing articles for magazines and newspapers and two careers books, I’m finally doing what I love – writing novels! It’s twice as wonderful and exciting as I thought it would be, but also twice as scary.
“Although I now live in London, the beautiful continent of Africa continues to play a huge part in my life and will continue to feature in my writing.”
I wrote the first draft of From Pasta to Pigfoot some years ago when I was living and working in Ghana. I’d grown up in London and studied in the UK so going back to live in the country where I was born was a revelation.
But it was also an experience that gave me the chance to imagine Faye’s story and so many other stories that can be told about people like me who belong in more than one place and who have the challenge and the privilege of navigating different worlds.
Although I now live in London, the beautiful continent of Africa continues to play a huge part in my life and will continue to feature in my writing. If you’re interested in learning more about the continent, my book I Want to Work in Africa: How to Move Your Career to the World’s Most Exciting Continent is one you might want to check out.
If, like me, you love peeking into other people’s lives for enlightenment and inspiration, my first book Everyday Heroes: Learning from the Careers of Successful Black Professionals will give you just that.
Away from writing, I’ve spent most of my professional life working with real people rather than imagined ones. My career in international Human Resources gave me the chance to work with some incredible people and some memorable (and infamous) organisations that shall remain unnamed to protect my reputation. Since deciding to work for myself, I’ve built a business that specialises in advising businesses on people-related issues, training and recruiting and developing skills for Africa. I also work as an Executive Coach helping people to see themselves and what they can achieve differently.
When you combine a frustrated writer living outside her home continent with a career coach with plenty to say; you get ReConnect Africa.com. From its origins as a newsletter to Interim Managers registered with my company, ReConnect Africa has grown into a unique website packed with business and careers information, interviews, articles, ‘how to’s’, events and inspiring stories by and about professionals of African origin.
I also write occasional articles and columns for other publications and speak at conferences and events relating to Africa.
I was honoured to take part in TEDx Euston 2014 as a speaker and to share my story.