I am a 70 year old mother of five and grandmother of 10. I was born in
London, England of a mother who was half Scottish and half Sierra
Leonean and father who was from Ghana (then Gold Coast). My father was
then a Law student and my mother a dancer. I grew up, went to school and
had part of my further education in London. I then lived in Ghana for
twenty years. I now live in London, UK but plan on becoming a Silver
Jet-Setter commuting between London and Accra.
I have been a wife, single parent, actress, medical secretary, legal
secretary, unemployed and eventually a Development Officer in a
voluntary organisation for older people and a Non-Executive Director in
the Primary Care Trust of the London Borough of Camden.
I was Chair of the Afro-Asian Committee of British Actors Equity and a
Councillor on the Equity Council. I have been Chair of Voluntary Action
Camden, a support organisation for Volunary and Community organisations
in the Borough. Chair of IN TOUCH, a befriending scheme for older
housebound people to support each other, Chair of THANK U, which raises
funds for schools and HIV Centres in Ghana and Grenada, on the Board of
AFFORD, African Foundation for Development, which campaigns for job
creation, rather than aid, for Africa and supports African Diaspora
organisations in the UK. I am also Chair of G.O.L.D. (Ghana
Organisation for Learning and Development) which supplies learning
materials and books to educational institutions in Ghana and aims to set
up community centres which will provide Life Long learning.
In my work with older people I noticed that those who planned for
tomorrow, laughed a lot, danced, socialised with friends, relatives,
churches or hometown groups, lived longer and were healthier.