Abena has been in residency at Canada Water Theatre writing their new play Sankofa: Before the Whitewash and invites members of the public to discuss some of the main themes of the show Robert Awosusi and a board member from LGBT+ Rights Ghana. Abena will also share what they’ve been working on.

About Sankofa: Before the Whitewash

Abena is a queer black young person who is facing transphobia and homophobia in their home life when one night, they are visited by the Ghanaian god of stories, Anansi. Together they travel across time and space so Anansi can show Abena the truth about what has always been.

Sankofa: Before the Whitewash is an exploration of the rich queer African ancestry that existed in Pan-Africa before Chattel Slavery and colonialisation. With a specific focus on Ghana and Angola, it challenges the false notion that queerness is un-African.

Sankofa: Before the Whitewash will premiere at Roundhouse’s Last Word Festival in June 2022 as a work-in-progress performance.