When my co-founder Chidi Afulezi and I were brainstorming about a name four months ago, we wanted it to capture what our stories would be about. We are both passionate people who have worked in a hard news industry. I’ve interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world at critical turning points in history, and I’ve always been struck that the most connected moments have been related to love, or food, or shopping for shoes, marriage or family. Conversations with Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammed, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, or Iran’s Mohammed Khatami reveal that. It’s not about nuclear weapons, or opposition parties, or elections all of the time. There were always very human moments of personal connection.
We want Africa to connect to the world, and to each other, through stories that matter most in our lives. Stories that have real impact where there is openness, vulnerability and compassion. To connect, you need heart. That’s the theme we are going for here. aKoma means 'heart'. It’s a word that is Ghanaian in origin, where a heart symbol represents patience and tolerance.
We built our four first categories, Live, Think, Rant and Learn around human interest topics we want told from your authentic and heartfelt perspectives.