The podcast, hosted by Ghanaian writers, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, and Malaka Grant, won a silver award in the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Podcast or Audio) Awareness and Media category.
By Hope Ibiale
Ghanaian podcast, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, has been announced as one of the winners in the second edition of the Anthem awards. The podcast, hosted by Ghanaian writers, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Malaka Grant, won a silver award in the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Podcast or Audio) Awareness and Media category.
For over a decade, the Adventures from the Bedroom of African Women podcast has explored African women’s experiences of sex, sexuality, and pleasure. Driven by the lack of knowledge about sex Sekyiamah and Grant felt growing up, they openly engage on topics like kink, self-pleasure, and ageing. The hosts admit their sex education growing up was lacking. Now, they hope to change the narrative for young women, while providing older African women with the support and space to have frank, accessible, empowering conversations about sexuality. In doing so, they have created a space for African women to learn, teach and share.
The Anthem Fund was created to celebrate and champion emerging individuals and organisations actively working to advance the causes recognised in the Anthem Awards. These causes include diversity, equity & inclusion, education, art & culture, health, human & civil rights, humanitarian action & services, responsible technology, and sustainability, environment & climate.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Ghanaian feminist writer and blogger. In 2021, Sekyiamah released The Sex Lives of African Women, a collection of stories from African women around the world—confessing, sometimes with the use of pseudonyms, their sexual adventures and aspirations, disappointments and struggles, and revealing how our cultural frameworks and perspectives on sex permeate all areas of our public and private lives. Aside from writing and podcasting, Sekyiamah is the Director of Communications at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
Malaka Grant is a Ghanaian-American novelist, blogger, and aspiring filmmaker. Some of her works include Yaa Traps Death in a Basket, Madness and Tea, Lover of Her Sole: A West African Cinderella Story, The Daughters of Swallows, and Sally and the Butterfly: A Pick your own path book. She also runs a Mind of Malaka blog, centred around motherhood, marriage, and madness.