Effua was born in Ghana and came to the UK with her family at the age of three. Though she was never a strong reader, she was always fascinated with books. Effua began writing short stories for her friends in secondary school, each week bringing the next episode. Most of her spare time was spent in her local library, exploring children’s books and entertaining staff by acting out crazy, made-up stories with her childhood best friend Jocelyn Jee Esien, the well known Black British comedian.
After finishing college, Effua eventually began working in childcare and moved on to become a children’s librarian. In 2001, she began to write scripts and stories for the CBeebies children’s series ‘The Story Makers’. Whilst Effua enjoys working and supporting children and families, her real passion is offering storytelling, poetry and training consultancy for Local Authorities across the UK.
In June 2011, Effua left her full time post as a Senior Family Support and Outreach Worker in a Local Authority, to further pursue her dream of being a multicultural storyteller and poet. It was a huge step of faith but since then, Effua has seen doors opening and new opportunities from all across the country, including awards and even Apple Apps…
Effua’s specialty is writing and telling many of her own stories and poems. She creates bespoke storytelling sessions to support school themes and special events whilst intertwining the richness of African culture and heritage.
Clients, boroughs and counties Effua has worked for/with:
- Author Michael Rosen
- BBC ‘Off By Heart’
- BBC ‘Raw’
- Black History Live 2011
- Circle Support – Teenage Parents Support
- City of London – Libraries and Archives
- ‘Crisis’ Homeless Centre
- Library Services
- National Literacy Trust
- SKY OH TV
- ‘Telling Tales’ – OH TV Sky 199
- Total Learning Support Playscheme
- Yellow Birds Extended Schools Provision
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest