On my radar: the cultural highlights of Anne-Marie Imafidon | Culture

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Bborn and raised in east London, mathematician Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, 31, was announced last month as a new presenter on VScountdown, covering Rachel Riley’s maternity leave. Child prodigy, Imafidon passed two GCSEs in primary school and two A-levels at the age of 11. a social enterprise encouraging young women to pursue careers in Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In 2020, she was named the most influential woman in tech in the UK.

1. Podcast

Techish

Techish podcasters Michael Berhane and Abadesi Osunsade.

This is currently my favorite podcast. It’s basically a slightly different take on tech headlines and different things that are happening in the tech world, from two podcasters called Abadesi Osunsade and Michael Berhane. I used to physically go to events all the time, but now I can’t hear people’s perspective on things that are going on right now. Listening to these two once a week always feels like you have reunited with friends. I think podcasts are like that – it’s like you’re part of a conversation even if you don’t say anything.

2. Television

Not secure (Sky / HBO)

Unsecured TV show
Glorious but authentic, with the best soundtrack ever ‘: Insecure. Photograph: 2016 Box Office

I love this Issa Rae show. The fifth and final series has just been released. It’s about the life of the millennial and that group of friends who have all these ups and downs in their careers, love lives, and relationships. The storylines are great and I love the way it’s shot: there’s a craftsmanship in the lighting, in the smoothness of it all – it makes everything look glorious but authentic. They use blue light because the skin of darker people appears better and the way they are seen is much lighter. It also has the best soundtrack of all time.

3. Food

Eat of Eden

Eat of Eden
Eat of Eden: “Healthy and delicious. “ Photography: @ erikapempamsie / Twitter

I don’t order often, but when I do I like to support local spots. I’m a vegan so that narrows it down, but there’s still quite a bit of wealth in the options you can get. It’s a place I order all the time – it’s in Walthamstow, not far from where I live, although it turns out they have six branches across London. It is a suitable comfort food – warming and filling. It’s Caribbean-inspired: they have plantain, red rice, quinoa, patties, stews, salads, dumplings. I love the flavors and the fact that it is healthy but also that it tastes amazing.

4. Filming

King Richard (dir Reinaldo Marcus Green, 2021)

king richard
Will Smith as Richard, Saniyya Sidney as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena in King Richard.
Photography: Chiabella James

I went to see this with my siblings last month. Serena and Venus [Williams] got the idea to make this movie about their father and his role early in their life, and it was a pretty cool movie to watch with my own siblings – there are certainly parallels between their upbringing and ours . At some point he resents them for being boastful, and he makes them watch Cinderella, thinking there’s a lesson they are going to learn from it. We were all laughing at the movies, because that was the kind of thing my dad could have done.

Owl encounter
Meeting Owl: “I must refrain from taking it anywhere. “ Photography: Meeting Owl by Owl Labs

5. Device

Owl encounter

I’m obsessed with it. It’s a loudspeaker that looks like an owl; you put it in the middle of the room and it has a 360 degree camera, microphones, and speakers. As a team, if we often have a hybrid meeting, it can be quite difficult to get everyone to hear everyone on both sides. But with Meeting Owl, if someone starts talking it zooms in on them, or if two people are talking at opposite ends of the owl, there’s a split screen. He’s my new best friend and I have to refrain from taking him anywhere.

6. Hair care

Afrocenchix

Afrocenchix shampoo
Afrocenchix shampoo: “a cultural phenomenon”. Photography: Afrocenchix.com

I wanted to highlight this as a cultural phenomenon: Afrocenchix are the ones who just ran the very first Christmas commercial for afro hair, on Channel 4. It’s the brand of shampoo I use, and it’s cool to be able to see the two founders take on the science, build a brand, serve people, and get mainstream coverage in such a short time. There is real utility in that – the bottles are recyclable and everything they do is vegan and sustainable. I’m glad they started doing the shampoo in bigger bottles so I don’t have to buy it that often.

7. Art

Àsìkò

Edo by Àsìkò
‘Just Beautiful’: Edo by the artist Àsìkò. Photography: courtesy of the artist and artworkarchive.com

Àsìkò is an artist whose work I love – I have one at home. He is a visual artist who works in photography, film and mixed media. He is Nigerian but based in London, and his art is simply magnificent; he is able to find beauty in what may seem quite trite or ordinary. The room I have is called Edo, which are the wedding pearls you wear if you are from Edo Nigeria where I am from. He also makes orders; he did a pregnancy photoshoot for a friend of mine and she literally looks like a goddess.


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