Taiye Selasi*

Taiye Selasi is a writer and photographer and describes herself as a “local” of Accra, Berlin, New York and Rome. In 2005 LiP Magazine published her essay Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?), which sought to define an emerging sensibility among the young African diaspora elite. In 2012 Selasi launched the multimedia project 2154, setting out to photograph and film twenty-somethings in all 54 African countries. Selasi’s fiction spans continents and generations and has been praised by the Wall Street Journal for the “invigorating mixture of darkness and drollery” with which it chronicles the family dynamics of this emerging “complicated” African identity.

*Taiye is a 2021-22 guest board member.