Shirley Ahura
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Shirley Ahura

Freelance Writer & ResearcherLondon, United Kingdom
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Shirley Ahura

Freelance Writer & ResearcherLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Experienced writer-researcher specialising in areas across arts & culture, social justice and the creative sector. MA Postcolonial Culture & Global Policy (with Distinction) from Goldsmiths University, BA English & French from University of Warwick. Bilingual.
Projects
  • How Four Female Musicians Are Transforming Conservative Culture In Nigeria
    How Four Female Musicians Are Transforming Conservative Culture In NigeriaIn this feature piece for British Vogue, I interviewed Amaarae, Lady Donli, Tems and Wavy The Creator about shaping culture and conversations in Nigeria and beyond - through each of their respective sounds and unique style.
  • Review | Born to Manifest - Joseph Toonga
    Review | Born to Manifest - Joseph ToongaDrawing from real life accounts of young Black men living in Britain today, Joseph Toonga’s Born to Manifest explores issues of identity and Black masculinity. For me, the piece proved more of a small intervention into an ongoing and important conversation, and here's why...
  • Interview | Choreographer & Dancer Dada Masilo: 'I want the viewer to feel everything – the joy, the pain, the sadness, the grief. But it starts with me'
    Interview | Choreographer & Dancer Dada Masilo: 'I want the viewer to feel everything – the joy, the pain, the sadness, the grief. But it starts with me'In the run up to her bold reimagining of the ballet classic Giselle, I talked to acclaimed South African dancer & choreographer Dada Masilo about the art of story (re)telling, empowering women & using dance to break down cultural barriers.
  • Review | Father Figurine - Body Politic
    Review | Father Figurine - Body PoliticIn this extended review, I reflect on Body Politic’s powerful production, Father Figurine. Performed at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, the piece unites hip hop dance theatre and spoken word with triumphant effect.
  • Interview | Choreographer & Dancer Joshua Nash: ‘I’m a Krump dancer who’s trying to break down boundaries within that style’
    Interview | Choreographer & Dancer Joshua Nash: ‘I’m a Krump dancer who’s trying to break down boundaries within that style’I caught up with acclaimed dancer & choreographer, Joshua Nash, about identity, hip hop theatre & making a case for Krump in its rawest form.
  • Review | Catch 28 - Christina Dionysopoulou
    Review | Catch 28 - Christina DionysopoulouIn this feature review, I reflect on and review the plethora of pressures placed on the dancer athlete on seeing Christina Dionysopoulou’s exceptional piece, Catch 28, at The Place Theatre.
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Work history
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    Communications CoordinatorSadler's Wells
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Supporting digital content creation, copywriting, corporate and internal communications as well as strategy delivery for London's world-leading dance house.
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    Freelance WriterVogue
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Commissioned to write a feature piece on Nigeria’s alternative music scene.
Skills
  • Copywriting
  • Academic Research
  • Academic Writing
  • Research
  • Fluent French
  • Charity Experience
  • Event Planning
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Project Management