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Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi is an author, photographer and screenwriter. She holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford. In 2005 she published the seminal essay "Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)," offering an alternative vision of African identity for a transnational generation. In 2011 she made her fiction debut with the short story "The Sex Lives of African Girls," selected for Best American Short Stories 2012. In 2013 Selasi's first novel, the New York Times bestseller Ghana Must Go (Penguin Press), was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. With director Teddy Goitom of Stocktown Films, Selasi is Executive Producer of AFRIPEDIA, a 6-part documentary about African creatives. For producers Fernando Meirelles and Hank Levine (CITY OF GOD) Selasi narrated EXODUS, a feature documentary about global migration. Released in 2015 her TED talk "Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local" has become required viewing for a multicultural generation. Selasi lives in Berlin.