Who We Are

Victoria Cooke

Victoria Cooke is the Director of Gallery 1957 in Accra, Ghana - a gallery presenting leading artists working across West Africa and the diaspora. Victoria launched the Yaa Asantewaa Prize in 2021, the first-ever dedicated art prize for women on the continent. Victoria has previously lived, worked and researched extensively across West Africa including Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Before joining Gallery 1957, Victoria worked at David Zwirner, London. In September 2020 Victoria was selected as one of Apollo’s 40 under 40 within the African Arts.

Carina Tenewaa Kanbi

Carina Tenewaa Kanbi is a Doctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), based at the University of Witwatersrand. Her latest doctoral thesis titled 'The West African Wave: Understanding Creative Cosmopolitanism, Lifeworlds, and Mobility within the Continent's Cultural Capitals' focuses on belonging, translocalism, placemaking and mobility between and within West African cities. Carina has worked for organisations within the African arts; Invisible Borders, Africa in Motion Film festival and the British Council. She currently sits on the board of Khan Foundation Nigeria and is operations manager for ‘A Long House’, a Nigerian based online literary platform that is designed to rethink what it means to be African today.