We had the good fortune of connecting with ANNIWAA BUACHIE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ANNIWAA, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Ingratitude is sooner or later fatal to its author.- Ghanaian Proverb
I think about this proverb many times a day, it calls me to question my actions and to ensure that despite everything, I should continue to express gratitude to the people and things that help me understand life. When a person is incapable of giving thanks, or is too pompous, arrogant and unwilling to be flexible in their views and their behaviour, this will of course lead to a fatality, whether it be in the mind, body or soul.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an a award-winning creative-performer. What that essentially means is that I am a performer that produces, writes, and directs work utlising many different forms of art.
My work primarily examines the intersection of African and British elements.
As a child of Ghanaian immigrants raised in the UK, a Ghanaian –Brit who has lived and worked in the USA, and a “westernised” Ghanaian who has spent time in Ghana, I exist in an in-between world. I know what it means to constantly feel like you don’t belong. It is important to me to utlise my skills as creative-performer to open new doors to diverse audiences offering an intelligent insight into the social and political consciousness of the invisible and the marginalised. Which as a result articulates fresh and unfamiliar perspectives and attracts a broader audience.
I was recently commissioned by BAFTA-nominated British production company Kandu Arts to write, direct, and produce short films. One of the films that received a great response was SAME BUT DIFFERENT. Which was a film that explored the complexity of colourism and how this affects black women in particular. You can check it out here:
I am now working with renowned award-winning poet and author Dr. Kwame Dawes to develop one of his stories into a film. Very very excited about this!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is such a sprawling city. I see it to be more like a place of many mini-cities. For me, the fun parts of the city are in the downtown district. I suppose it is the part of the city that has a real metropolis vibe like New York City or London. Okay, so… mmmm… this would be a rough itinerary..
Cafe Gratitude: Healthy, organic plant-based food – Always a great vibe, staff are nice and their food bowls are to die for!
Comfort LA: Clean approach to soul food – Music is always popping and I have been told it’s the best soul food you will get outside of the South
Bestia: Gorgeous Italian Food, not “American Italian” but Italian Italian food if, you know what I mean. lol
In Sheep’s Clothing -for cocktails… and date night: Hidden, Mystique, and private. No phones, cameras allowed inside, forcing you to be FULLY engaged with your company. Plus at the end of the night, they select a record to play and ask for everyone to keep their mouth shut and just listen.
The Friend: Hipsterville… but beyond that, it’s a playful chill bar, with the occasional DJ pumping out music from electro beats to afrobeats.
Delilah: Hollywood is obviously the biggest attraction of LA, and Delilah embodies the golden era of 1920’s LA. It’s swanky, sexy, and sophisticated.
Art + Practice: In the heart of the African epicentre of LA; Leimart Park,, you will find this wonderful art gallery. Showcasing work by talented black artists taking you on a journey and injecting the art industry with work that challenges and abolishes the white elite status quo.
The Underground Museum: I am not sure if this is still open, post corona…. I really hope it is.This place is an important part of black culture within Los Angeles. It provides a platform for modern art but also community events for people of races, classes and backgrounds. It is a utopia in a city that is so sprawling.
California African American Museum: Museum focuses on enrichment and education on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans with a focus on California and the western United States.
CULTURE/ PEOPLE/ VIBE
Soulful of Noise: Established by Lynisha and Xavier Henderson, is a life music/ concert/ festival/ street party! It is a complete platform for the independent artists of today. It supports and showcases the work of independent artists in every genre. This is always a lot of fun, and a great place to meet cool, open, creative people.
Banana’s: An event that happens every 3rd Tuesday in Leimert Park, which showcases underground singers, rappers and poets of LA. The event is hosted by LA based local celebrity verbisthehomie, and it is night that is spontaneous, unique and unforgettable.
Little Tokyo: I have always wanted to go to Japan, specifically Tokyo… and from what people tell me, little Tokyo is the rendition of Japanese culture outside of Japan. I love walking around the streets of little Tokyo, the people are friendly, soooooo many great restaurants and best of all, there is a Hello Kitty shop, which is always great to browse after a green tea mochi!
Chinatown Summer Nights: Food. Art. Street Party! Brilliant opportunity to dance the night away in a sea of happy people.
Union Station: Yeah it’s a train station, but it has the reminiscence of that 1920’s Hollywood glamour. The Oscars was hosted there this year, so obviously it’s a very grandiose place.
PASADENA: My favourite city (borough) within Los Angeles, Old town Pasadena has beautiful Spanish architecture and character. It’s a great place to shop, with lots of quaint boutiques as well as well-known brands. It gives that real quirky, chill California vibe.
Zuma Beach: If you need some rest from the addictive neon lights of Los Angeles, Zuma beach is the ultimate LA beach. Quiet, secluded, beautiful clean water and not as buy and touristy as Venice or Santa Monica. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have contributed to me as a woman, creative, and performer. I don’t even know where to begin. The saying People come into our life for a reason, season or a lifetime resonates deeply with me. I have known some people for only 10 minutes and they have had a profound effect on me, like the inspirational people I have known for a lifetime.
This is my abbreviated shout out list lol:
Family – Keeping me grounded and for making me laugh now and then.
DJ Rosie Riot, Derek, Katrina, Jo Jo, Maria, Shun, Nicola, Bianca, Kemi, Marcia, Cynthia, Kila, Rory, Abe, Esdras: For the unwavering support, for the laughs and the giggles and always keeping it real with me…always… 100%.
My mentor – Elizabeth Lynch MBE: Her guidance has enhanced my creativity and has contributed to my liberation as a female creative.
Other: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3977267/
Photographer: Eugene Attoh @halettphotography