Gay City Arts: Experience a Story of Healing & Peseverance

Naa AkuaNaa Akua will debut the highly anticipated Akwaaba: Healing a Queer Black Soul tonight, November 16 and tomorrow, November 17.

As we prepare to experience this story of perseverance from Naa about their healing process, learn more about what led to the development of this show from a renowned poetic mind.

Q: What was your inspiration for the show?
A: Healing. I know I’m only touching the surface, but this is my step. There’s a lot of sadness and anger that has held space inside me, centered around this Queer Black Soul. I’m in a space now to unload.

Q: Why bring it to a stage versus other creative mediums?
A: Funny thing is I didn’t believe I would do something like this, but this type of work, my self-work, made it known it needed to be on stage.

Q: What can we expect to see in the show?
A: You can expect truth, sadness, encouragement, laughter, insight, and a desire for more self-love.

Q: What were some of the challenges with writing this show?
A: What story to tell that truly explains each topic you will hear and why. Making sure I do not think about the audiences’ response to anything I say and just to tell the story.

Q: What were some of the things you learned during the writing process?
A: That I’m enough and I’m doing the work and it’s ok to be vulnerable and I’m better for it. I learned that everything that is poetic doesn’t have to only be in poetry.

Q: What do you hope people will learn from this project?
A: I’m not sure I want anyone to learn anything. I want them to investigate themselves, observe the pain and pleasure. I choose to show you parts of me in hopes that you will show parts of yourself to yourself.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: This is just the beginning. Peace.

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