It’s an honor to present to you another gem as far as women in the African Arts space is concerned.
Before we dive into the main meal, can you please treat us to an appetizer by telling us who you are? .
My name is Gloria Freya Korkor Mensah. I go by the stage name Freyalori. I love to read and write. I write stories and poems. I am a storyteller and a writer.
*When did it all begin for you, and how did it start?
Growing up, I was a quiet and shy child who loved to be on my own. I discovered my love for reading when my mum always brought home newspapers from work. I would spend hours reading from front to back. My mum realised my love for reading so she started buying me story books. The characters from these books became my friends. I would pretend these characters were my imaginary friends and would spend my time creating conversations with them.
*What was your inspiration for starting and has it changed over time?
Well when I got to senior high school I found great interest in literature and always wanted to read in class. So I joined the Writers and Debating Club to gain more experience. I got myself a journal and started writing. From there every encounter and experience became a story, poem or a quote. I became conscious of my surroundings taking key interest in things that would easily pass for a story.
*How has the journey been so far?
I’d say the journey has been good so far. I got most of my encouragement from my friends back in Senior High School. They were always enthusiastic to read my stories and they are still my greatest cheerleaders even today. I’ve not performed enough tho but I’m hoping to get more into the spotlight. So far I’ve had lots of fun.
*What impact has/is your work had/having on society?
I’ve had quite a number of people reaching out to me to tell me how they’ve been through a situation relating to a story I wrote and as such were glad I was bringing society’s mind to some negative aspect of our culture.
*What is the current state of the arts industry from your perspective as a storyteller or writer?
It’s currently doing well. I love the fact that more doors are being opened for young and upcoming artists like myself.
*Are women appreciated in our arts space? Comment extensively if possible on the state of women in arts?
I think women will feel more appreciated if we are not misquoted all the time.
*Looking back, do you regret ever embarking on this journey?
hahaha. I don’t regret at all. I enjoy doing this more than anything I’ve ever set myself to do. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon
*Any setbacks in your field of endeavor and how you think it can be overcome?
There’s none I can put a finger on currently.
*What are the plans going forward for you as an artist?
I hope to get involved more in the already growing industry. To come out of my shell and confidently perform in front of a large crowd. I also hope to get my first book published soon.
*Any other things you would like the general public to know about women in arts?
The public should give a listening ear to us. We have a lot to say.
Visit freyalori.wordpress.com or you can check her out on all social media platforms @freyalori for more.