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26. Audrey West
North Wales, UK
Language: English
Added August 9, 2021

Lives: North Wales, UK
Born: Jamaica
Previously lived in: Jamaica, London, Costa Rica, Spain
Grandparents born and lived: Jamaica
Great grandparents born and lived in Jamaica, India, Scotland, Ireland, Africa…
“And ancestry from another ‘whole heap of mix up, mix up, whole heap of ben up, ben up’ as Burning Spear said.”

Compilation of the first 25 readers.


25. Rachel Oneika Phillips
Brooklyn, New York
Language: English
Added June 7, 2021

Born: Guyana, South America; 1976
Places previously lived: Guyana, Grenada, Eritrea, Barbados, Virginia, NY
Parents born: Trinidad (Father); Guyana (Mother)
Parents lived: Guyana, Grenada, Eritrea, Barbados, USA
Grandparents born and lived:
Paternal: Trinidad (Grandfather); Grenada and Trinidad (Grandmother)
Maternal: Guyana (Grandfather); Guyana (Grandmother)
Instagram: dragonpassionfruit


24. LaNeshe Miller-White
Philadelphia, PA
Language: English
Added 5 March 2021

Born: Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Parents: Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Grandparents: Bridgeport, and Greenville, Mississippi.


23. Glen Wilson
London, UK
Language : English
Added 28 Feb 2021

Born: London
Places previously lived : London, York, Hull, London.
Parents Born:  Jamaica.
Parents Lived: Jamaica, London.
Grandparents Born and Lived: Jamaica.

22. Solomon Ranjeev Merugu
Rockville, MD, USA
Language: Telugu
Added 6 Feb 2021

Born: Secunderabad, India, 1970
Previously lived: Secunderabad & Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag, Chennai
Parents born: Andhra Pradesh, India
Parents lived: India
Grandparents born:  India
Grandparents lived: India
Instagram: solranj
Twitter:  @ranjeevms
Facebook: Ranjeev Merugu

21. Diana Thomas
Basel, Switzerland
Language: English
Added 29 Jan 2021

Born: London
Previously lived: UK and Netherlands
Parents born: Jamaica
Parents lived: UK and Jamaica
Grandparents born:  Jamaica
Grandparents lived: UK, Jamaica, USA
Facebook: Facebook/yardbirdtheatre

20. Jabar Bains
Toronto, Canada
Language: English
Added 16 Jan 2021

Born: Toronto, Canada , 1991

Previously lived: Cancún & Moterrey (Mexico), UK
Parents born:
 Punjab, India
Parents lived: Punjab, India
Father’s ancestors: India
Mother’s ancestors: India but her parents were living in Pakistan and had a dangerous migration during the partition.
instagram: @Jabz.World
Podcast link:

19. Louis Kongko Makau
Saldanha Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Language: English
Added 8 Dec 2020

Born: Bokgaga, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, 1965
Always lived in South Africa
Parents and Grandparents born and lived: South Africa
Facebook: Mohlafase Kayel Makau

18. Scott Ting-A-Kee
Georgetown, Guyana
Language: English
Added 20 Nov 2020

Born: Georgetown, Guyana, 1994
Parents born: Guyana
Parents lived: Pomeroon, Port Kaituma, Georgetown
Father’s ancestors: China (indentured in Guyana)
Mother’s ancestors: Portugal
instagram: @scotttingakeeauthor
youtube: ST

17. James Diboe
Liverpool, UK
Language: English
Added 8 November 2020

Born: Liverpool, 1981
Parents Born: Liverpool
Grandparents: Paternal: Nigeria; Maternal, Trinidad.
Great Grandparents: Nigeria, Guyana
Instagram: @culturalution-cic

16. Maíra Zenun
Lisbon, Portugal
Language, Portuguese
Added 5 November 2020

Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1982
Previously lived: Brasília, Brasil
Parents born: Father – Rio de Janeiro; /Mother – Campestre, MG
Parents lived: Father – Rio de Janeiro; Mother – Brasília
Grandparernts born and lived: Rio de Janeiro (father) and Campestre (mother)
Mother’s ancestors: Syria
Blog: Flores de Maio

15. Victoria Evaristo
London, UK
Language: English
Added 6 October 2020

Liverpool England 1972
Parents Born:
Mother, Liverpool, England; Father: Benin City, Nigeria (Father)
Lagos, Nigeria; Londonderry Ireland

14. Davina Cole
London, UK
Language: English
Added 29 September 2020

Born: London, 1982
Parents born: Sierra Leone
Parents lived: Sierra Leone and London
Grandparents born and lived: Sierra Leone, London and Nigeria.
Instagram: @davscole
Twitter: @ColeDavs


13. Lilian Amah
Lagos, Nigeria
Language: Igbo
Translation by Anene J Ebere
Added 27 September 2020

Born: Lagos, Nigeria, 1965
Previously lived: Warri, Nigeria; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Accra, Ghana
Parents born: Mother: Umuoji, Nigeria; Father: Ojoto, Nigeria
Places parents lived: Mother: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone; Father: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Portugal
Grandparents born and lived: Nigeria
Twitter: @LillianAmah
Instagram: @LillianAmah
Facebook: Lillian Amah


12. Marjorie Morgan
Liverpool, UK
Language: English
Added 28 August, 2020

Born: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, 1960
Previously lived: Trowbridge, Gloucester, Woking, Bracknell, London, Yate, Northampton
Parents born: Mother: St Mary, Jamaica; Father: Manchester, Jamaica
Places parents lived: Mother: Jamaica, UK; Father: Jamaica, America, UK
Grandparents born and lived: Maternal line: St Mary, Jamaica; Paternal line: Manchester, Jamaica

Twitter: @MarjorieMorgan
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11. Miles Megaciph
Mobile, Alabama USA
Language: English
Added 25 August 2020

White Plains, New York USA 1974
Places previously lived: 
New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Cuba, Okinawa, Kansas 
Parents born:
to follow
Places parents lived: 
Mother-Harlem, New York; Atlanta, Georgia — Father-White Plains, New York
Grandparents born and lived: 
to follow
Other direct ancestors:
to follow
website(s)/social media:   Soundcloud   Facebook

10. Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Irvine, California

Language: Gikuyu
Added 14 August 2020

Born: Limuru, Kenya
Previously lived: Kampala, Uganda; Leeds & London (UK); Sweden; New York & New Jersey, USA.
Parents & Grandparents lived: Kenya

Poem exchange: No. 1
Tayo Aluko reads Dawn of Darkness
by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

9. Christelle Pellecuer

Bristol, UK
Language: French
Added 10 August 2020

Born: Madagascar, 1978
Previously lived: Foulpointe, Madagascar; Tamatave, Madagascar; Genolhac, France; Ipswich, UK, Bristol UK, London UK
Parents born: in Madagascar
Places parents lived: Madagascar
Grandparents born and lived: Madagascar
Other direct ancestors: Not so sure but I have both African and South East Asian blood in my ancestry.
website(s)/social media

instagram: @mschristellerosette / @razanaafrika


8. Schereeya
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Language: English
Added 4 August 2020

Born: 1992, Goldsboro, NC (a small rural town in Eastern NC)
Previously lived: Seattle, Washington, Durham, NC Lexington, VA, Washington, DC, York, England, Leeds, England
Parents born: Father- Dallas, TX; Mother- Kinston, NC
Places parents lived: Father- Shreveport, Louisiana, Dallas Texas, California; Mother- Jones County, NC, Nuremberg, Germany, Stillwater Oklahoma, Dallas Texas
Together- Seattle, Washington; Goldsboro, NC
Grandparents born and lived: Paternal grandparents: Dallas, Texas. Maternal grandparents: Jones County, NC. Nuremberg, Germany. Korea. Stillwater Oklahoma. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Goldsboro, NC.
Other direct ancestors, going back as far as you can: Not sure about on the paternal side, but on the maternal side my direct ancestors all lived and grew up in Jones county as far back as my great great grandmother who was a slave in Eastern NC.

website(s)/social media: 
Instagram- @ Schereeya
Twitter- @ ayeerehcs

7. Dr. Anita Franklin
Derbyshire, UK.
Language: English
Added 31 July 2020

Born Philadelphia, PA, 1958
Raised in Brooklyn, New York
Lived in San Diego, California
Honolulu, Hawaii
Leeds, UK
Father born in Philadelphia,  ancestors from Georgia.
Mother born in Edgefield, ancestors from islands off South Carolina and Florida

6. Mosa Mpetha
Leeds, UK.
Language: English
Added 28 July 2020

Born: Liverpool, UK 1989
Previously lived: Liverpool, UK
Parents born: Mother: Devon, UK // Father: Cape Town, South Africa
Places parents lived Mother: Devon, UK > Canterbury, UK > Liverpool, UK // Father: Cape Town, South Africa > Liverpool, UK > Gauteng, South Africa
Grandparents born and lived Maternal: Devon, UK // Paternal: Cape Town, South Africa
Some key ancestors on the paternal side: Oscar Mafakafaka Mpetha (Great Grandfather) 1909 – 1994 & King Mashiya of the Hlubi Tribe, early 1700s.
website(s)/social media  @MosaMpetha (Twitter)

5. Keith LaMar
Supermax prison (Death Row) Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Language: English
Added 25 July 2020

Born: Cleveland, Ohio. 1969
Where previously lived: Cleveland, Ohio
Parents Born: Cleveland, Ohio
Grandparents Born: Grandmother in Birmingham, Alabama; moved to Detroit with parents during great migration, met and married grandfather, who was born in Georgia, and they moved to Cleveland so grandfather could work in steel mills.
Time inside: 31 years; in solitary for 27; on death row for 25.


4. Dave Donald
Glasgow, Scotland
Language: English
Added 19 July 2020

Born: Glasgow, Scotland, 1979
Parents born: Glasgow
Other direct ancestors: Scotland & St. Kitts

3. Ghislain Muhiwa
Language: French
Goma town/DRC.
Added 17 July 2020

Born : Kibirizi, DRC,1990
Previously lived : Goma town, Beni.
Parents : Born in Lubero région.
Grand parents : Born in Lubero region in North Kivu province/RDC.
Organisation website:

2. Clinton Manujibeya

Rome, Italy
Language: Italian
Added 17 July 2020

Born: Rome, Italy, 1992.
Previously lived: London, Nantes, Redon, Amsterdam, Heidelberg.
Mother born: Nigeria
Instagram: ogisodomanino


1. Tayo Aluko.
Liverpool, UK
Language: English
Added May 28, 2020

Born: Ibadan, Nigeria, 1962
Previously lived: Lagos, Nigeria; Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK; Bath, UK; Canterbury, UK; London, UK.
Parents: Born Ilesa region, currently Oyo State, Nigeria. Lived in Osogbo, Ibadan, Lagos.
Grandparents: Born Ilesa/Ekiti region
Living in Liverpool, UK


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