Hip-Hop, Resilience & Black Struggle


Kobby Graham
Kobby Ankomah-Graham is a lecturer, writer, and DJ who is passionately curious about African arts, counterculture, and digital media. Leaning toward creative nonfiction, he also enjoys using the weird to explore the mundane through short stories in places like Litro Magazine and the Writers Project of Ghana anthology, The Sea Has Drowned the Fish. His freelance writing has been featured in The Guardian and he has been profiled by BBC, Culture Trip, and Global Voices, among others. He was a finalist in the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition and won a Miles Morland African Writing Scholarship in 2020. A University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) law graduate with an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy, he is a University of Ghana PhD candidate (under a scholarship from DANIDA), a former chair of the board of trustees of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art, and teaches at Webster University Ghana.


Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson is a writer, researcher, and cultural producer. She works with the Writers Project of Ghana (WPG) as a media and programs coordinator and as manager for Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accra. She also works with The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) to produce events including their festival, Womanfest. Her stories, poetry, and articles have been featured in a number of publications and platforms. Elizabeth is currently a resident with Oroko Radio, where she produces and hosts the MnR Show dedicated to Highlife Music and Creatives. She is the co- creator of Art and Thought Conversation. Elizabeth is a 2022 participant of the AKO Caine Prize writing workshops. She works as a faculty intern at Ashesi University and occasionally moderates panel discussions and conversations for cultural organizations.


Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong
Joseph Oduro-Frimpong directs the newly created Centre for African Popular Culture at Ashesi University where he is also senior lecturer. His research has appeared in several outlets including African Studies Review and Journal of African Cultural Studies, and the edited volumes Popular Culture in Africa: The Episteme of the Everyday and Routledge Handbook of African Popular Culture.