I became a curator by embracing my urge to promote exceptional artists of African descent. In doing so, I discovered my talent for creating spaces for these artists to share their work and connect with readers, listeners, and viewers. As a writer, 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 a first-generation child. I want other Nigerians, Africans, black people to see themselves reflected in mainstream culture—particularly majority white, Western, Eurocentric cultures 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 sustainable creative lives may not have been highly visible.
I want a world where black and African communities and nations can 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 like culture, entertainment, tourism. I aim to ensure that black and African narratives are more visible, discussed, deeply understood, and celebrated, for the purpose of sparking greater understanding of black cultures by the wider world and richer self-knowledge among people of African descent.