AM I SIGNING MY LIFE AWAY? | 6med Doctor Project

You can generally split medical students into three groups of people: those who believe that they were born to do medicine, those who wish they could do anything but medicine, and those somewhere in between. If you’re in the first group, you probably came out of the womb with a stethoscope around your neck. Your favourite childhood game was Operation, you’ve watched House so many times you know that lupus is always the diagnosis and you started looking for work experience at the age of 12. Chances are, the idea of giving up your entire life to pursue medicine is a dream come true.

Read article here: Am I Signing My Life Away | 6med Doctors Project


A Recap of I Have A Dream 2016 | Dream Nation

“To make any kind of progress, we need to be able to imagine a different reality, and then we need to believe that that reality is possible” – Tali Sharot

Every year, Dream Nation hosts I Have A Dream, a conference which celebrates Practical Dreamers and equips us with the insight needed to achieve our own goals. Hosted by the charming Nissy Tee, the evening covered important topics including leadership, financial literacy, productivity, emotional intelligence and personal branding. We were treated with a live spoken word performance by Jolade and the mesmerising vocals of Barbella and, in true Dream Nation style, there was opportunity to network and build relationships.

We Likkle But We Tallawah – Celebrating Jamaica’s Independence | Black Ballad

Today, Jamaicans across the world celebrate independence from the United Kingdom. Many events led up to the historic day. The Maroons waged war against the British twice, which led the British to deport hundreds of them to the newly colonised Sierra Leone. Several slave revolts took place, as well as uprisings led by the likes of Sam Sharpe, prompting the British to end the slave trade.

The loss of slave labour, the fall of the sugar trade and continued rebellions set the scene for the emergence of activists such as Marcus Garvey and the empowering Rastafari movement. While Britain bore the burden of the Great Depression and two World wars, Jamaicans continued to organise, revolt and demand the right of self-determination. The long road to independence came to an end on the 6th August 1962, however the spirit of determination and resilience among Jamaicans lives to this day.

Read article here: We Likkle But We Tallawah – Celebrating Jamaica’s Independence | Black Ballad


Lessons from Ebola affected communities: being prepared for future health crises |APPG Reports | Royal African Society

March 2016 saw the Parliamentary launch of a report I co-edited for the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group. A summary of the launch and link to the report are below.



  • Professor Aliko Ahmed, co-convener of the Better Health for Africa Group, Chair of Public Health Africa Initiative and a Director at Public Health England
  • Kate Muhwezi, Sierra Leone Director Manager at Restless Development
  • Susan Elden, DFID health adviser based in Sierra Leone during & after the outbreak
  • Tom Hird and Samara Linton, Co-lead writers of the report at Polygeia

Closing remarks from DFID Minister: Nick Hurd MP, DFID Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Chair: Lord Chidgey

At Westminster between October 2014 and May 2015 the Africa APPG held a series of panel discussions on the international Ebola response in West Africa. Panellists who had worked in Ebola-affected communities stressed repeatedly that the response was being hindered by a fear and a lack of trust between national actors, international actors and affected communities.  Consequently, the Africa APPG together with Polygeia launched an inquiry into attempts to engage the affected communities in the response.


The inquiry received 31 written submissions and held numerous evidence gathering meetings. To ensure the voices of affected communities were represented in the report, 23 key informants were interviewed. In Sierra Leone these were conducted by Restless Development and in Liberia by the Public Health and Development Imitative in Liberia.


The chief finding is that efforts to curb the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa were most effective when local leaders of affected communities led the demand for assistance from their governments and the international actors and played an essential leadership role in the management of that assistance.


The chief recommendation is that the UK government and non-governmental organisations should give higher priority to community ownership of health. This would strengthen local health systems and enable them to respond more effectively to a crisis.

View the report here

Three Black Women Discuss Their First Time Experiences With Mental Health | Black Ballad

“I was 8 when I realised that the brain could go wrong. We were in the middle of class and the girl on the table next to me started shaking. The teacher told us to move the chairs and tables out the way. Her brain just gets too excited sometimes. Epilepsy.”

Read article here: Three Black Women Discuss Their First Time Experiences With Mental Health | Black Ballad


The World In Our Hands: The Duo Bringing You Fiction From Across The Globe | Black Ballad

On 7th May, Goldsmith’s University hosted the London Radical Bookfair, a free event organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, bringing together booksellers, publishers, artists and activists in a celebration of radical publishing and politics.  There, Black Ballad caught up with Rhianna Ilube and Lewis Lloyd, the two avid readers behind OurStories, an online space for people to share and discover books from around the world.

Read article here: The World In Our Hands: The Duo Bringing You Fiction From Across The Globe | Black Ballad


Cultural Appropriation, Locs And The Homogenisation Of Black Cultures | Black Ballad

Many of us have seen the video where a white male student is confronted by a black female student for wearing dreadlocks.

Many have interviewed Cory Goldstein, the white student with dreadlocks, but do you know who I want to interview? The black student. What was it that irked her so much about his hair? What exactly did she mean by “our culture”?

Read article here: Cultural Appropriation, Locs And The Homogenisation Of Black Cultures | Black Ballad

Meet The Woman Detained In Yarl’s Wood Centre After Living In The UK For 18 Years | Black Ballad

Doniele came to the UK as a teenager in 1998. 17 years later, she was taken from her family, detained in Colnbrook and Yarl’s Wood detention centres, and is being threatened with deportation. On 12th March, thousands of protesters travelled to Bedfordshire, demanding for the government to #ShutDownYarlsWood and other detention centres. I spoke to Doniele about her experiences.

Read article here: Meet The Woman Detained In Yarl’s Wood Centre After Living In The UK For 18 Years | Black Ballad.


International Women’s Day: Portraits of women in 2016 | Mumsnet Discussion

Fifteen years ago, I lived in a world where black women were all around me. They dominated managerial positions, led churches and eventually would lead the country. Fifteen years ago, I moved from Jamaica to England, and to a world where black women are invisible.

Read article here: International Women’s Day: Portraits of women in 2016 | Mumsnet Discussion