“If we don’t stop to think, what is my cosmology, who do I believe created me, or what do I believe is actually the highest potential of my living and being, why am I here, what is justice, then our cosmology will automatically be co-opted by monocultures, because this is where the reigning power is moving. So our cosmology and our gods and our spirits begin to automatically operate under the gods of capitalism, the gods of consumerism.” Diane Ghogomu
E170 – Diane Ghogomu on Afro Cosmology, Regeneration And Pleasure
Revolutionary Ripples Of Joy
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About this interview:
Diane Ghogomu is an Afro Cosmic ceremonialist, educator, and musician with a decade of experience supporting community building and curating joy-centered ritual spaces. Currently, the co-director of Cacao Love, a regenerative organic cacao company, she is dedicated to sharing and teaching about the ecosystem of plant powers, fostering opportunities for connection, and supporting the growth of carriers of this plant power. The revenue generated by Cacao Love funds her non-profit Afrocosmic, which invests in the cultural and spiritual sovereignty of African and indigenous wisdom keepers and artists around the world. It was during a research trip that she was first chosen by African traditional spiritual practice and she is now deeply initiated and devoted to multiple nature based spiritual traditions in both Central Africa and South America.
Diane thrives in the interstices of scholar, activist, teacher and artist. She is a certified sexological bodyworker, sexuality coach as well as a published pleasure scholar. A Harvard-educated, Fulbright-recipient, she has spent the last fifteen years between South America and Africa participating in and sharing knowledge about African and African Diasporic communities while curating educational programming for organizations such as the United States Embassy and Tulane University.
Her audiovisual explorations have been published in outlets such as VICE and New York Times, while her academic research has been included in the Internationalist, Palgrave Anthologies & Sounds and Colors. She co-directed and produced the documentaries ‘Buenos Aires Rap’ (2014) and ‘Buenos Aires Black’ (2020).
To connect or work with Diane, visit cacaolove.co.uk
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artwork video: Heather Heininge
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