Abena Tuffour uses spoken word to create, engage, and elevate. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation Canadian.
Abena is the 2016 poetry prize winner of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia’s Nova Writes competition (formerly, Atlantic Writing Competition). She competed in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2011 and 2016 as part of the Halifax Slam Team. In February 2014, Abena made her first television appearance as a guest on Ghana’s highly acclaimed entertainment program The KSM Show. Her poem “Ice Cream” was published in the Global Fund for Women’s Imagining Equality project that same year. As a recipient of Ontario Arts Council’s Word of Mouth grant she produced her debut spoken album “Beloved” which she launched in July 2014.
Abena is a creative spirit able to tell stories through different writing styles and yet maintains a distinct and authentic voice. In addition to her love for writing and performing, Abena seeks to equip others to write and share their own poetry as a means towards personal fulfillment and empowerment.
Abena has been a freelance writer and editor since 2011. She has contributed to various websites and magazines including Sway, Black to Business, Profile Halifax, The Service Mag (Rwanda), and Halifax Magazine.
Abena studied creative writing at St. Francis Xavier University and at University of Ghana. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Environment and Sustainability. With this background combined with her life journeys, she enjoys writing on the environment, arts and culture, human interest stories, and life lessons.