I became a curator by embracing my urge to elevate exceptional artists of African descent. In so doing, I discovered my talent for creating spaces for these artists to share their work, connect with readers, listeners, and viewers, and hone their craft. As an artist, I draw explicitly from my experiences as a Nigerian-American woman to generate poetry and fiction about about identity, intimacy, struggle, pleasure. What drives me to do this work is my need to create the artistic representation that I craved when I was young. I want other black people, Nigerians, and Africans to see themselves reflected in mainstream culture, particularly that of majority white, western, and Eurocentric contexts where such representation is actively undermined. I believe my work can contribute to a cultural shift wherein emerging black and African artists are increasingly supported, both by institutions that may not previously have recognized their value, and by their own communities, for whom examples of successful artists of African descent may not have been highly visible.
As a writer and curator, I work toward a world in which black and African communities and nations may develop themselves socially and economically by way of their artists, who have the power to stimulate progressive thinking and movements as well as attract investments in industries such as culture, entertainment, and tourism. I aim to ensure that black and African narratives are more visible, discussed, deeply understood, and celebrated, for the purpose of sparking richer self-knowledge among people of African descent and greater understanding of black cultures by the broader community.