Wana is a journalist, poet and filmmaker whose work is at the intersection of women’s rights, social justice, personal narratives, culture and the arts.
She has worked with the BBC Radio4, BBC world service and 92.3 Inspiration FM. Her work has appeared on Aljazeera,Guardian UK, Guardian Nigeria, Index on Censorship, and Brittle Paper. In 2016 she was long listed for the One World Media award in the Women’s rights in Africa award category. She is a recipient of the International Reporting Project(IRP) fellowship, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez cultural journalism fellowship and the Religious News Foundation grant.
As a performance poet she has graced the stages of festivals across the continent and her spoken word album ‘Dirty Laundry’ was released in 2013. Her poems have been featured at the British Library’s Word, Symbol and Song exhibition. Her forthcoming album titled “In memory of forgetting” is slated for release at the end of 2017
Wana is producer and director of the documentaries Sensitive Skin a documentary film about the autoimmune disease Psoriasis, Nylon a short documentary on grief and the docu-series Warriors exploring the lives of people with sickle cell disease. She is creator of the poetry series Words and Inspirations and the interview series Culture Diaries. She wrote and directed the web series Room313 and the short film Shrink. She plays Visha in the award winning Burkinabe film Frontiéres
Wana graduated from the University for The Creative Arts with a first class degree in Journalism. She is creative director of WanaWana productions and hosts the television program Airtel Touching Lives.
She loves food, travel, hiking and people.
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