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Episode 10: Becoming Francis Y. Brown
I had the pleasure of catching up my dear friend Francis Y. Brown . Francis is an elite creative director and animator based in Ghana. He is the founder of AnimaxFYB Studio and the and Festival Director of Africa Animation Festival (AAF).
His successes includes Mmofra, an Amazon Prime featured animation and educational programme that provides content for children and adults.
His most notable Awards includes:
Ghana Movie Awards: Best Animation 2018
Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards: Animator of the Year 2017
Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF): Best Animation 2016
Find out more about Francis:
website: https://www.animaxfybstudios.com/about and https://africaanimationfestival.com/
Twitter and Instagram: AnimaxFYB and Africaanimationfest
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Episode 9 - Cultural heritage (pt 2)
Continuing the conversation with Kwame Obeng on preserving cultrual heritage.
Episode 9 - Cultural heritage (pt 1)
Kwame is performing artist and a young researcher whose research area intersect between cultural and development anthropology. He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies(Hungary) and a BFA in Dance Studies(Ghana). He has spent his academic and professional life interrogating strategies for promoting intangible cultural heritage in local communities of Ghana and Europe. Kwame has worked with local museums and communities to document and promote intangible cultural forms such as festive arts, dances, and rituals. He’s currently an Eramsus+ scholar researching dance as a heritage practice.
Episode 8: The US electoral system
At a young age Elaine immigrated from Ghana to the United States. She immediately fell in love with the country as she experienced the beautiful scenery, observed the diverse people, and admired the numerous opportunities. Her family had a great start to life in the U.S. when they were blessed with subsidized housing in what was considered a “good” school district.
After receiving a college degree in political science and economics, Elaine went on to marry her best friend, Keenan Nietmann. They started a family soon after and relocated from Maryland to Georgia in her last year of law school in 2011. Elaine settled in Georgia as a wife, mother, and lawyer, and when her second born son was diagnosed with autism, she witnessed firsthand the shortcomings of the healthcare system and special education federal programs in addressing his needs. To make matters worse, the private sector referrals were often expensive, contained long waiting lists, and had short day schedules that were not conducive to the schedules of most full or part-time working parents.
Elaine's experience with advocating for her son with special needs, while working as a public defender, guardian ad litem, and family law attorney in GA's Congressional District 4; motivated her to run for the U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 4th Congressional District in June, 2020.
Elaine credits her Christian faith to her ability to handle and successfully balance the duties of her law practice and family of six while still advocating for her son’s special needs. Living by the words of her parents, Elaine believes that the goal of hard work will never be lost when you give it everything you’ve got!
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Episode 7: Imposter syndrome and Race
I was joined by the lovely Vanetta Morrison, an ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) accredited counsellor, with over 2 years experience, specialising in Integrative counselling.
She has worked with diverse clients, focusing on mild to moderate anxiety and depression, abuse, trauma, relational conflict, low self esteem and grief & loss.
Vanetta is also a life & career coach, leveraging 12+ years of leadership, management and psychology experience and facilitating significant individual and organisational successes; both in the Higher Education and charity sector.
Founder and Director of 'The Blueprint Way' - her own coaching and counselling agency, Vanetta has made it her mission to help millennial women of colour develop and maintain emotional wealth, so they can sustainably live the life they love.
Don’t forget to visit ‘The Blueprint Way’ (https://blueprintway.com/ ) to download a free e-copy of the F.R.A.U.D Framework. It’s available for a limited time.
Please checkout and support Vanetta’s personal projects:
The Antiracism Book Club: available on Spotify and anchor.fm/theantiracismbookclub
That Morrison Life YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMI0MVq-K2TW5jX6iwFHYg
As promised, you can find out more information on imposter syndrome on:
Episode 6: Global Compliance
Adeyemi (Yemi) Johnson – LL. B, MA, Chartered Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute for Investment and Securities (CISI)
Yemi has over 25 years of financial services regulation and compliance experience, including 3 years as the Head of Compliance, MLRO and Company Secretary of GTBank (UK) Ltd, the UK subsidiary of GTBank Nigeria Plc. He has also held senior compliance and MLRO roles at Bank of Ireland Asset Management, Investec Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Law Debenture Investment Management and gained valuable consulting experience from KPMG UK Ltd.
In 2010, Yemi established OpenSpaces Compliance Consultants Ltd (OpenSpaces) an independent global financial services regulation and compliance consulting firm. Since inception, OpenSpaces, has assisted several financial services companies in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa in strengthening the effectiveness of their compliance and anti-money laundering function and provided strategic advice on integrating compliance into their business as usual processes and the development and enhancement of their compliance culture.
Yemi is also a regular speaker at compliance conferences, workshops and seminar in Nigeria and was a facilitator at the 2018 Annual Retreat of the Association of Chief Compliance Officers of Banks in Nigeria (ACCOBIN).
OpenSpaces clientele include the following companies:
| § FirstRand Bank § Ashburton Investment Management § Silk Invest Ltd § IIFL Wealth (UK) Ltd § Manulife Asset Management (Europe) § Ltd § London Clearing House § Gulf International Bank Ltd § Tranzfar Ltd § Euro CCP
| § CSL Stockbrokers Ltd § The Nigerian Stock Exchange § FBN Merchant Bank (Formerly FBN Capital) § Capital Bancorp Plc § Veritas Glanvile Asset Pensions Ltd (Pension Fund Administrator) § Association of Chief Compliance Officers of Banks in Nigeria (ACCOBIN) § GTBank Plc