Yaa Addae, also known as womaninja or yaa the plant, is a multidisciplinary dreamer. Play is central to her curatorial practice, as is collaboration. A storyteller at heart, she is invested in art as a space for community regeneration and sustainable development.
As a writer, she has profiled artists such as Jamila Woods, Odunsi and Halima to name a few. Yaa has also edited two independently published art magazines, Clapback Zine (2016), and Onyx Black Art Journal (1984-2007, revived in 2020).
As a poet, she has been performing her work since 2016 - notably for two years at the College Unions Poetry Invitational (CUPSI) where her team, DISRUPT, won the ‘Pushing The Art Forward’ Award and ranked 7th in the world in 2017. She was a recording artist in Black Girls Glow 2019 residency and contributed vocals+poetry to the resulting album, The Light is Her. Her most recent show was at Nubuke Gallery in March 2020 as part of their ‘Women As Center’ Young Feminist Collective pop-up exhibition where she performed new work alongside fellow Ghanaian women artists.
Drawn to community learning, Yaa co-birthed ‘Black Diaspora Literacy: From Negritude to Drake’ with frequent collaborator, Muna Mohamed. Supported by Tufts University’s Experimental College, ‘YANA’ designed and brought to life a 10 week course on the interconnectedness of Black cultural production throughout the diaspora.
Currently, Yaa is based in Accra, Ghana where she does freelance communications consulting in the creative industry, and facilitates Decolonize The Art World, an anticolonial art school powered by A-KRA Studio.
Young, Gifted, and Black - Aretha Franklin
EVERYTHING YOU HEARD IS TRUE- Odunsi
Algorithms Of Oppression - Safiya Noble
Emergent Strategy - Adrienne Maree Brown
The Salt Eaters - Toni Cade Bambara