It takes a lot of confidence to be this ridiculous.
Writer. Blogger. Journalist. Speaker. Performer. Poet. Editor. Founder. Leader. Producer. Social critic. Creative entrepreneur. Activist. Black Feminist. Thinker. Doer. ENTP.
Siana Bangura wears many hats. She is a prolific blogger, writer, freelance journalist, public speaker and all round creative sort hailing from South East London via Freetown Sierra Leone. Always with her fingers (and fiercely manicured talons) in many pies, the next project is never too far away. Having read History at the University of Cambridge, she graduated in 2013 and went on to found No Fly on the WALL, an Intersectional Feminist blog, centring the voices of Black British women and Black women living in the UK. In October 2014, Siana was assistant producer for one woman show, Fierce, by Kathryn Griffiths, which hit the stage at Camden People’s Theatre to much critical acclaim. She is also a spoken word performer and public speaker and in 2015, Siana was the in-house poet and presenter for Versified Life, a short-lived socially conscious online spoken word series. She was also a semi-finalist of the 2015 Roundhouse Poetry Slam. Siana has performed on stages and at events in the UK and in Germany, including The Roundhouse; Poetry Meets Art at Passing Clouds; Underbelly; Rich Mix; The Junction; Wembley Arena, and festivals such as ClitRock, Fem Solidarity Fest, Matchwomen, and Common Word, as well as other notable events, including the launch of the Ain’t I A Woman Collective, the opening of the Black British Girlhood exhibition, and Hit the Ode. She performed at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in April 2015 as part of their inaugural Women in International Leadership conference and returned to Bremen in April 2016.
Siana has worked with Channel 4; BBC 1 and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra; Sky TV; The Guardian; TES; Buzzfeed; and has written for The Metro; The Evening Standard; Huffington Post; the Cambridge Tab; The Cambridge Student; Varsity; Tank Magazine; SE15 Paper; Gender Agenda; STR!KE Magazine; Socialist Appeal; and is a regular voice over at Media Diversified and MiGREAT Africa to name just a few. She has also written for Nu People Magazine, The Body Narratives, and Contemporary Other and has featured in Parallel Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Atlanta Black Star, Clutch Magazine, and more.
A lover of books and literature, she founded the Liberated Reading Book Club on Facebook in 2014 and the Haus of Liberated Reading indie publishing house in May 2016.
In October 2015, Siana also launched The Black Cantabs Project in Cambridge.
Not content with the current discourse on her country of origin, Siana founded the Salone Collective – a collective of young Sierra Leonean creatives, young professionals, entrepreneurs, and doers, who will be rewriting their narrative as children of the Diaspora.
Siana is currently producing a film about police brutality in the UK and the death of Sheku Bayoh. 1500 And Counting will be released in 2017 and is produced by Siana and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Troy James Aidoo.
Siana is the author of ‘Elephant’, her bestselling debut collection of poetry.
A lover of multi-tasking and doing too much, Siana is also the curator of the ‘I, The Angry Black Woman’& Other Stories Exhibition , which debuts in London in October 2016 at Buster Mantis. The exhibition aims to explore and creatively deconstruct the ‘Angry Black Woman’ trope.
Oh… she once starred in Channel 4’s Living With The Amish… to the amusement of many and the dismay of her mother.