Meet The Team
Grace Quansah or 'Akuba'
Founder and Director of WAPPY
"Having founded WAPPY in 2008 from humble beginnings, it’s been a pleasure to see its impact on young people and adult thinkers, who are empowered to use their written, visual and audio narratives to change the world, while also developing themselves. Professor Benjamin Zephaniah's visit to WAPPY at Ealing Central Library in 2014, and publishing and launching Wonderful World of WAPPY at the University of West London, are two of my proudest moments!"
"I started in 2008, acting as administrator, later interim treasurer, trustee and now trustee advisor. My highlights are around music – the earlier tribute to Michael Jackson, the research workshops for the Bob Marley 70th anniversary celebration, and more recently the Bob Dylan ‘Forever Young’ Showcase and the enthusiastic response it received - as always with WAPPY, leaving everyone wanting more."
Trustee, Secretary and Casual Workshop Volunteer
"I felt privileged to be chosen later on to become a Trustee and be more involved in taking WAPPY forward and seeing other children given opportunities to learn and have fun at the same time. It's been a great opportunity to give something back to the community and to do useful training courses that enhance my own employability."
Eric Lindbergh Huntley
Patron of WAPPY
"One of the greatest pleasures over the years has been to witness the growth in confidence and ability of students from a wide cross section of the community while ‘showcasing’ their skills in the field of Writing and Acting and eventually becoming published authors in their own right."
Patron of WAPPY
"WAPPY has been a real gift to young people, especially in this digital age, when so many distractions are leading them astray. It has been a privilege for me to be linked with an organisation like WAPPY, that helps to develop and shape young minds, to become the self-confident, responsible and upright."
Trustee and Workshop Volunteer
"I first volunteered with WAPPY in 2014, four years later I became a Trustee. From Building Bridges and the Bob Dylan Showcase to the Bob Marley 70th Birthday Tribute, there have been countless opportunities for the WAPPY family to create and present their own works."
Head of Website Design and Casual Workshop Volunteer
"My journey with WAPPY has been such a wonderful learning experience. I've transitioned from taking part in WAPPY workshops as a child to helping WAPPY run smoothly in my adulthood. It has been so rewarding to both experience and witness the positive impact that WAPPY has on the children it touches."
Casual Workshop Volunteer
"I first volunteered with WAPPY in 2011 as a workshop assistant, and it’s great to see it expand, and how it over the years, especially the way it has offered young people the chance to open up and have their say about their feelings in poetry.
My role in WAPPY has been to help with organisation in the workshops, accompany the children on visits and as well as assist with catering in community events.
I am very grateful to WAPPY because I have made new friendships and gained a loving family."
Casual Events Volunteer
"Since joining WAPPY in 2008 (age 14) I've seen how much it has inspired me and other children to express themselves in novel ways. It has also helped me with the ability to ‘think outside the box’ and has given me a greater insight with my creative writing. It has helped me improve on my vocabulary and it has made me more use to performing in front of an audience. I have also met some great talented people from WAPPY, some of whom, I occasionally keep in contact with. I believe, I’m also the most published member."
“I'm a WAPPY founding member and alumna, and am proud to have edited WAPPY's 2010 video, mentored younger WAPPY members and produced, edited and performed my own poetry and prose under the guidance of the tireless and brilliant Grace. It has been such a pleasure to see WAPPY go from strength to strength, with a particular highlight being the unforgettable trip to Keats House where we were able to perform in front of a live audience. For Black History Month 2019, I worked helped deliver West London & Black History’ presentations for Hillingdon Literary Festival (Brunel University) and Ealing Labour Constituency Party Headquarters (Ealing).”