How the Dikan Center Is Building the First Photo Library in Ghana | Paul Ninson

Season 1 | Episode 9
37m | Jan 17, 2022

In this episode, I speak with Paul Ninson, a photographer, and filmmaker about the importance of visual storytelling and how after collecting over 30,000 books on photography and film, he is in the beginning stages of building The Dikan Center. The center will be the first visual storytelling library in Ghana. The Dikan Center will train not only the next generation of storytellers but build a community hub that welcomes locals and newcomers alike to learn about, celebrate, and create African stories and flip the dominant, negative narrative about life on the continent.  

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • Paul's vision for the center and the programming it will provide,
  • the upcoming photography exhibition,
  • how he collected over 30,000 books to start the Dikan Center,
  • how the center will be an incubator for talent as well as community,
  • opportunities to get involved with getting the center built and learning/teaching about visual storytelling,
  • and much more!

Guest: Paul Ninson


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