Benjamina Dadzie is a Ghanaian born and Italian raised researcher. She is interested in West African cultures, especially that of the Akan and the Yoruba people. In her work she explores agency, representation and self-determination. She researches the role of objects as embodiment of these ideas and how cultural heritage can be a medium of expression for young Africans, both in the diaspora as well as on the Continent.
Benjamina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from the University of Manchester, and a Master’s degree in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia. Her field is at the crossroads of Art History, Museology, Archaeology and Anthropology; because of the frameworks these disciplines provide, she is able to critically think about issues in ways that add both depth and substance. She was a 2017 British Institute in Eastern Africa Graduate Attaché (Graduate Intern Fellow), and was engaged in archaeological and anthropological research in Kenya from August to
Benjamina currently works in the heritage sector and her role is to document the history of local collections as it relates to donor’s history. She is a contributor on the online platform Ezibota, and has produced a blog about her experience of Blackness in Italy, which has partly moved forward the conversation around citizenship in Italy for children of immigrants. She is also part of the Afro-Italian centred collective AFERItalia, a project aimed at creating academic knowledge and developing language and critical vocabularies for Black Italians through the translation and analysis of Black-authored literature. The purpose of AFERItalia is to provide tools for Black Italians to practice their active citizenship in the ongoing anti-racist and de-colonial struggle in Italy, and Europe.
Benjamina’s work is often informed by her multicultural background, as both Ghanaian and Italian, and now living in England.