Siana Bangura wears many hats. She is a prolific blogger, writer, freelance journalist, public speaker and all round creative sort hailing from South East London via Freetown Sierra Leone. Always with her fingers (and fiercely manicured talons) in many pies, the next project is never too far away. Having read History at the University of Cambridge, she graduated in 2013 and went on to found No Fly on the WALL, an Intersectional Feminist blog, centring the voices of Black British women and Black women living in the UK. In October 2014, Siana was assistant producer for one woman show, Fierce, by Kathryn Griffiths, which hit the stage at Camden People’s Theatre to much critical acclaim. She is also a spoken word performer and public speaker and in 2015, Siana was the in-house poet and presenter for Versified Life, a short-lived socially conscious online spoken word series. She also recently became a semi-finalist of the 2015 Roundhouse Poetry Slam. Siana has performed on stages and at events in the UK and in Germany, including The Roundhouse; Poetry Meets Art at Passing Clouds; Underbelly; and festivals such as ClitRock, Fem Solidarity Fest, and Matchwomen; as well as other notable events, including the launch of the Ain’t I A Woman Collective and the opening of the Black British Girlhood exhibition. She performed at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in April 2015 as part of their inaugural Women in International Leadership conference.
Siana has worked with Channel 4; BBC 1 and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra; Sky TV; The Guardian; TES; Buzzfeed; and has written for The Metro; The Evening Standard; Huffington Post; the Cambridge Tab; The Cambridge Student; Varsity; Tank Magazine; SE15 Paper; Gender Agenda; STR!KE Magazine; Socialist Appeal; and is a regular voice over at Media Diversified and MiGREAT Africa to name just a few. She has also written for Nu People Magazine, The Body Narratives, and Contemporary Other.
A lover of books and literature, she founded the Liberated Reading Book Club on Facebook and has co-founded an up-and-coming Afro-Caribbean publishing House called Kamaria Press, due to launch in November 2015.
Not content with the current discourse on her country of origin, Siana founded the Salone Collective – a collective of young Sierra Leonean creatives, young professionals, entrepreneurs, and doers, who will be rewriting their narrative as children of the Diaspora.
Other current projects include: producing one-woman show, ‘Womb’, due to hit stages in Birmingham in 2016; writing a play about Sierra Leone for 2017; planning an exhibition for October 2016, and producing and presenting an up-and-coming documentary investigating police brutality in the UK after the death of Sheku Bayoh.
Siana also runs her own digital and social media consultancy – Haus of Bangz Digital – which opens for business in September 2015.
And finally, Siana is working on her first book – a collection of poetry due to be published in May 2016.
Oh… she once starred in Channel 4’s Living With The Amish… to the amusement of many and the dismay of her mother.