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Unlearning Leadership with Dzifa Afonu – Part 2

About the event

Unlearning leadership is about questioning the ways we have learned that leaders should be tough, independent and isolated. Unlearning leadership is inspired by black liberation and the unschooling movement to ask questions and unravel the ways that many of us still navigate around colonial and patriarchal views of what good leadership looks like.

This event will be a conversation between Dzifa and Che-vanni Davids (founder of The Reimagined Learning Centre) about how leadership shows up in this space. The paradoxes, the learnings and the unlearnings around what it means to lead and be a facilitator for people of all ages also stepping into their own leadership.

The Reimagined Learning Centre is a place of playfulness, magic and community in action. Based in the heart of Johannesburg in South Africa, Che-vanni describes it as a community of self-directed people on a journey of reimagining life and learning for liberation. Many of the families and individuals drawn to the Centre at first are attracted by its focus on self directed learning, and over time people start to recognise that what is really important about the space is that it is doing liberation work. That the energy of freedom, questioning and learning is cross generational. It’s not just a space for families, it is an inspiration for us all to open up our visions about what learning and community building really could be.


These sessions will be online with closed captioning available. If there are any access needs you’d like us to consider, please email info@healingjusticeldn.org.

About the Facilitator

Dzifa Afonu (they/them) leads HJL’s Reimagining Health and Care programme and is currently doing research around Unlearning and Decolonising Leadership. Dzifa describes themselves firstly as a creative spirit who loves playfulness. They are clinical psychologist by training, bringing to this title a decolonising and deconstructing energy. As an artist they love the art of everyday life, the creative nature of the human mind, and communication through image colour and metaphor. They are also dedicated to supporting those in frontline work with marginalised people. With over 20 years of experience in activism and 10 years experience working in the NHS, they bring a personal insight into the possibilities, limitations and places for growth in both institutional and grassroots organising systems. They are interested in the ways we can bridge the gaps between work and play and grappling with finding new ways of building community and supporting leadership that step away from grind culture and create opportunities for real freedom.