The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

I am not sure what I was expecting when I began reading this autobiography, but it certainly was not what I absorbed. I suppose I had been reductive in my perception of Benjamin Zephaniah. I saw an older rasta gentleman with useful insights about society,…

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Aburi: The Great Hike

Yesterday Zec and I set about a great adventure. At some point last week Zec made it quite clear that he had no intention spending his entire holiday at the house. He wanted to see and experience Ghana. One of the suggestions I made was…

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Ghana 2022: Sekondi Takoradi

When Zec arrived in Ghana I asked him what were the essential spots that he wanted to explore during his visit. Almost immediately he said he wanted to do the canopy walk at Kakum National Park. I immediately agreed. Though I have done the canopy…

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Ghana 2022: The Arrival

(First drafted 23/02/22) Today I have started the adventure of a lifetime and I cannot tell you how excited I am. For the past year, if not longer, I have had the most continual itch to leave the UK. In the early stages I didn’t…

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A Graduation Special: LSE Over and Out

By Maxine Thomas-Asante First posted December 2021. Last Tuesday I had the honour of graduating as a Master in Science in International Social and Public Policy, from the infamous London School of Economics. Graduation was such an emotional experience representing the culmination of many challenges,…

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Launching IntRespect: Ready for Action

Our world needs an upgrade.  The pandemic has been a very difficult time in regards to sickness and death. It has also been difficult in the way it has forced us to face the ills of our world more broadly. Never have the rotten aspects…

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A Jolly Good Fellow (of the RSA)

It is always a heartwarming feeling to be acknowledged for doing work that feels more like purpose. It is for that reason I am very glad to announce that I was recently granted a fellowship with the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. …

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Studying From Above: A View of London

A reflection by Maxine Thomas-Asante, written while studying for my MSc. As I sit on floor 11 of the Centre Building on the LSE Campus I cannot help being taken aback by the views of London. From floor 11, not only do you look out…

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