Despite being an award-winning dancer and having worked with some big names like Rihanna, Drake, and Backstreet Boys, when it comes to accepting her own achievements, Esie Mensah has come a long way.
Throughout her career years, Esie has been constantly exploring internally as an artist. And by doing that, her voice has been getting stronger and stronger. As the creator of the beautiful theatre show Shades, which re-examines the wound caused by prejudice against a person based on the darkness of their skin colour, Esie hopes to provide a healing opportunity for its audiences while challenging them to confront themselves and to shift their defaults.
She recently appeared on Ted Talks to continually exploring shadeism, not through dance- the art form she is familiar with, but with speaking instead. By knowing that she has a message to give, Esie delivered it with a standing ovation.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
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“With the content I was creating, it allowed me to say things to the audience. It allowed me to challenge people on the things that I was creating and getting people to now start thinking differently or even just plant a seed to potentially think differently.” - Esie Mensah