Hannah Adjepong, born and brought up in Ghana, was taken out of school as a teenager as her family couldn’t afford it, yet now spends her time motivating and educating British school children. Using story-telling skills passed down through generations, Hannah uses this unique vehicle to share messages such as self-acceptance and common humanity.
Her message is that despite outward appearances, we are all the same and should dwell on the positive in ourselves and each other. Before speaking to the children Hannah will find out from the staff what issues the children have been facing and tells a story that deals with those issues. Expertise:
Teaching children not to judge
Self-acceptance and self-love
The value of education
Q. Where is Hannah Adjepong from?
A. Hannah was born and brought up in a small village in Ghana, West Africa and moved to the UK in her early 30s with her husband. She is now a mother and grandmother and has worked in the UK as a nurse; her husband works as a surgeon.
Q. Where is Ghana?
A. A politically stable country, Ghana is in West Africa, bordered by the Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Ghana, a former British colony known as the Gold Coast, was the first sub Saharan African country to gain independence from Britain. Ghana is endowed with rich natural resources such as gold, diamonds, cocoa, rubber trees and cola nuts to name but a few. While it has more than twice the per capita income of the poorest countries in West Africa, 27% of the population still survive on less than $1.25 a day.
Q. What was Hannah’s upbringing like?
A. Hannah was from a family of eight children, brought up by their mother, who didn’t have much money and sold yams to local people. Hannah herself worked in the market, selling toiletries to supplement the family income. Her mother had been forced to take her out of middle school before her final year, at the age of 15, as she could not afford the necessary uniform and books. It was thanks to the words of an anonymous stranger who begged Hannah’s mum to put her back into school that the course of her life was changed. After leaving school Hannah worked as a pupil teacher and then qualified as a nurse.
Q. What subjects can Hannah speak on?
A. Hannah is passionate about self-acceptance and the sharing of a common humanity and can speak on body image, racism, bullying, teaching children to be proud of who they are and not to judge others who appear different.
Q. Why does Hannah use poetry and stories?
A. The method of using story-telling, accompanied by song and dance to educate was learnt in the village where she was brought up, and is passed from generation to generation in Ghana and many other African countries. Children will listen to stories, poetry and song with interest, not realising they are learning important lessons and truths.
Q. What is Hannah an expert in?
A. Hannah’s main them is mutual acceptance and the fact that we are all equal, irrespective of race, colour, size, upbringing or wealth. This enables her to speak on the various issues this embraces, such as racism, bullying and body image. She is an accomplished story-teller in the traditional sense, often inventing stories as she tells them.
Q. When did Hannah start writing?
A. Hannah’s love of poetry and writing started when she returned to middle school having moved with her mother to the town of Hohoe. She has gone on to have books published in the UK, has won an international Poet of Merit award and takes part in Black History Month, an annual event in the Midlands.
Q. Is Hannah available to speak at other events?
A. Hannah is a regular and experienced story-teller and speaker and will speak in schools, colleges, businesses and community groups.
Q. Is Hannah available to speak to the media?
A. Hannah is available to participate in radio magazine format programmes or to provide expert comments on contemporary issues such as racism, bullying and body image.
For more details contact:
Carolyn Holt of BlueBoo, email Carolyn@blueboo.co.uk.
Hannah Adjepong, www.inspireandbless.co.uk