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54Lights is dedicated to celebrating creative culture by showcasing artists, activists and entrepreneurs who are shaping our collective society. By telling stories of those from the African continent, and sometimes beyond it, we are producing an alternative narrative of the continent and its people. So that what was once foreign...is not so.

Hosted by Kondwani Mwase

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

54Lights is dedicated to celebrating creative culture by showcasing artists, activists and entrepreneurs who are shaping our collective society. By telling stories of those from the African continent, and sometimes beyond it, we are producing an alternative narrative of the continent and its people. So that what was once foreign...is not so.

Hosted by Kondwani Mwase

    Post Script with Hanif Abdurraqib

    Post Script with Hanif Abdurraqib

    NYTimes Bestselling author Hanif Abdurraqib, the mastermind behind Go Ahead In The Rain, among others, joined 54Lights us as this week's special guest. Hanif shared stories from his youth, gave us a glimpse into his love affair with music and opened up about his creative process. An authentic conversation with a humble and gifted artist...who's also just launched yet another powerful book (A Little Devil in America). Tune in today to a must-listen experience from a must-read author.

    • 42 min
    Farms, Forks and Food Revolution with Chef Kiki Louya

    Farms, Forks and Food Revolution with Chef Kiki Louya

    54Lights sat down with executive Chef Kiki Louya to talk about her career in food. The renowned chef opened up to us about her life, businesses and motivations. The conversation touched on important topics like food sustainability, the true DNA of an executive chef as well as what it takes to handle the heat of Bravo's Top Chef kitchen - where she is a "Cheftestant" for Season 18.

    • 41 min
    Because Art Prevails..with Marie Powell

    Because Art Prevails..with Marie Powell

    54Lights sits down with the young, impressive founder and editor of ARK Magazine, Marie Powell. She openly shares her experiences in the fashion industry and the next big steps. Why the name “ARK” you ask? Let Marie tell you.

    • 36 min
    All Tied Up with Jane Igharo

    All Tied Up with Jane Igharo

    In our first instalment of a mini-series focused on writers, we sat down with Ties That Tether author Jane Igharo. Her book, a modern-day love story, appeals to a wide variety of cultures and mindsets. She builds out a strong and complex protagonist and layers in very authentic tensions experienced by people dating outside of their culture.

    • 32 min
    Step Forward with Amanuel Melles

    Step Forward with Amanuel Melles

    This episode on 54Lights is a rebroadcast of a collaborative effort done with the Ontario Aids Network (OAN). It features a conversation with our influential activist Amanuel Melles. The main purpose of this episode is to shed light on work that's being done, somewhat behind the scenes, by organizations like the OAN and prominent activists like Amanuel.

    • 33 min
    A Well of Gifts with Chawa Mphande

    A Well of Gifts with Chawa Mphande

    Season III continues in celebration of culture creators by sitting down with Chawanangwa Mphande. She's the founder of AFERS, an aspiring non-profit, to talk about her move from Canada to the warm heart of Africa, her personal perspective on mental health and how she is fighting local stigmas. And while her fight is focused at the local level, the challenges surrounding mental health are indisputably global.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

anika-M ,

An embrace to Afrocentrism!

So much fun listening to all these unique stories... both the cultural narrative and human experience are so refreshing. Well done Kondwani, looking forward to S2

Samantha Laliberte ,

An insightful listen!

So great to see this podcast come to life. It’s such an insightful listen filled with the vibrant cultures that make up Africa. Would definitely recommend!

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