Afroklectic.com is an online space celebrating the emerging creative culture within the African-Australian community, Africa and the Diaspora.
I was born in Australia to Ghanaian parents and found it very hard to find myself in the mix of the Australian and Ghanaian (African) culture. From a young age, I turned to creativity to find myself and maintain my culture. I followed through and pursued design at a tertiary level. Yet, I felt a backlash from the African community. Questions of why and looks of disapproval became the norm when I told African people I studied Visual Communications at University. At the time, I couldn’t really find people within my African-Australian community who were involved in the creative discourse and had the same issues. I found comfort in online spaces all based in countries other than Australia. As time went on, I started to notice an emergence creativity within the African-Australian community. I felt that there needed to be a space to promote this culture, a space to voice opinions, promote work and experiences of African-Australian creatives. So I started the Afroklectic blogspot, which has now evolved into Afroklectic.com.
I hope you enjoy this space!
- Gillean Opoku. Founder of Afroklectic.com (2011)