Efua Sutherland

A trailblazer in Accra, Efua works in theatre and performance, although she is exploring new fields, media, and materials. She runs performance and experimental social space Terra Alta, something much needed around here. She is also smart and insightful and grounded and truly excellent company. We made the trek out to her family home in Pokuase for photos and a conversation (and tons of plant clippings!), and we're so glad we did.

 Efua Sutherland laying in the grass

What do you love most about your work?

I love being able to follow my heart, and I love the growth that comes with sticking to that pursuit even when it’s hard.

How do you style your Osei-Duro pieces?

I have a bunch of Osei-Duro tops, I like to pair them with easy, long skirts and brass jewelry - that way they transition really well between needing to be comfy in studio and going out after for a meeting or dinner.


What are you working on now?

On learning how to take care of myself before trying to take care of work or other people.  Also on growth and creating space in my practice.

Where do you find inspiration?

Currently really inspired by nature - gardens and greenery. I find plants very calming and grounding in our hectically materialistic world.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Prayer, life admin, working on my studio space, choreo, working on an art or restoration project, stealing time to stretch and workout.

Describe your perfect day off.

A garden or a beach, a book, and of course food.

What advice do you have to offer someone who is just starting out?

One step at a time. Social media is bad for your mental health.

How does the city you live in influence your creativity?

Accra is such a buzz, it’s got this spirit about it that makes you want to be curious and want to explore. It can also be pretty exhausting but it’s just about keeping your eyes on the right things, and trying to drown out the noise.

What are the top 3 places we should check out in your city?

The markets, especially Makola, and all the cool little alternative art spaces that keep popping up.

Is there any music you're loving right now?

Right know I’m listening to a lot of Fkj & Masego, Sena Dagadu, Ria Boss, Samm Henshaw, EDWVN


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