Where is she now? Teju is currently in Spain.

Travel is a very important and consistent part of Teju’s life. Whether it’s going to visit family and friends or doing research, she truly believes her identity and, thus, her life must be global. She has been traveling since she was a baby in the arms of her parents, and continues to discover different places and cultures.

Teju lived in Ireland for a year in 2011 and conducted research on Nationalism, Human Rights, and (urban) marginalization. She researched Panamanians of West Indian descent and Afro-Panamanians in Panama City for two months beforehand.IMG_4634

She traveled to Beijing, China (and surrounding cities) twice to perform with her former dance troupe, African Queens, in 2002 & 2007.

Pivotal travels in her life include spending time in Bahia, Brazil when she 14 and her mother was doing a residency in Itaparica. The next year, in 2007, her mother was doing a residency at the American University of Cairo so she got to spend time in Egypt, the first African country she had been to.

In 2008, she traveled to Ghana where she participated in a cultural education and community service trip in conjunction with the University of Ghana at Legon in Accra, Merritt College, and Leadership Excellence in Oakland, California.

 She often jokingly refers to herself as both an “honorary” Irish and Ethiopian.

IMG_3633Her favorite countries thus far include: Brazil, Morocco, Ireland, Belgium, Ethiopia, Jordan and Grenada. 

Some of her favorite cities include: Marrakech, Galway, Ghent, Accra, Bahia, and Fort-de-France.

Between September 2015 and August 2017 Teju will be living in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Madrid for an Urban Studies Fellowship-Masters Program.