About

This Protean Life

“protean”
adjective: tending or able to change frequently or easily.

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Affirmation (2008)

Humanity is a fabric; weaved through interaction and solitude.

Through an infinite number of focal points and coincidences, we intersect.

My adventures in cultural photojournalism have been transcendent.

Being the only Obruni in an Accra market was amazing.

Crouching into the depths of a West African slave dungeon; overwhelming.

Sharing my home with couch-surfers from Geneva, Florence, Munich & Sydney; illuminating.

Discussing life for hours on a bamboo bench in upcountry Jamaica; surreal.

Interacting with people from all walks of life dispels the stereotypes we have of each other.

We are connected by our ancestry, and inseparable through our humanity.

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“Michael Mufasa” is a nom de guerre; an assumed name under which a person writes, paints, fights, etc. People recognize Mufasa as a popular Disney character, however historically, Mufasa was the last king of the Bagada people of pre-colonial Kenya.

I chose that pseudonym after being nick-named “Mufasa” by some of my African Studies classmates. The enthusiasm I had for African Studies was often questioned, critiqued and judged by others on a scale that ranged from pathological to paramount – but in the end, other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.

In 2013, I earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University’s College of Letters and Sciences. My concentrations were in African and African American Studies, and Human Rights.

I was named the 2013 Outstanding Graduate from the Arizona State University School of Letters and Sciences, and I was the recipient of the 2013 Leonor Boulin-Johnson Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in African and African American Studies.

In 2016, I earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. My academic focus was Videography, Global Justice, and Ideology.

Since August, 2016, I have been an Interdisciplinary Studies instructor in the Arizona State University College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (CISA), Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies (FLIS).

My interdisciplinary-based mixed media work has been exhibited in a variety of venues, including as featured artist for the 2011 and 2012 “Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Day Festival”. My freelance writing has appeared in newspapers and other publications, and I am currently working on a compilation of essays about this protean life.

My one minute of fame:

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At heart, a little bit of a revolutionary.

“Hasta la victoria siempre!”