Ayoko Mensah

Ayoko Mensah

cultural expert

  • Culture of memory, Postcolonial development cooperation, Postcolonial art production, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Brussels (Belgium)

Ayoko Mensah is a a French-Togolese cultural expert and author. Since 2016, she has been working as an artistic programmer and institutional advisor for the Africa department of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. Of Togolese heritage, born in France in 1968, with a dual nationality, Mensah is graduated in Cultural Management (MA) at University Paris-Dauphine (France), in Modern Literature (MA) at University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris) and in journalism (CFPJ, Paris). 

After having run Africultures review from 2005 till 2008 and founded and edited the magazine Afriscope in Paris, she worked as an expert for the UE-ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) ACPCultures+ programme at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. 

Since 2000, she also has worked as a consultant for several organisations (UNESCO, European Commission, International Organisation of Francophonie, Royal Museum for Central Africa, International Music Council) and has been invited as a speaker at international conferences in Africa, Europe, in the United States and in China.

Mensah also has co-authored several books, amongst others Houn-Noukoun, Tambours & Visages (1996), Faustin Linyekula, choreographer (2002) ; A Body To Construct – The new generation of African Performance Artists (2004); Créations artistiques en pays d’islam (2006); Kultur Afrika (2010);  Djoliba, le grand fleuve Niger (2010). Recently, she published a short story in the compilation How Free is Free? Reflections on Freedom of Creative Expression in Africa edited by Arterial Network.

Contributions by Ayoko Mensah