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The President’s Daughter: Meet Afuwa Granger, Visual Artist/Writer/Poet


Afuwa Granger is a visual artist, writer, and poet who uses her work to construct a visual language around intersections of identity, particularly race and gender. She was born in Guyana to current President, David Granger and First Lady, Sandra Granger.  Afuwa studied in Jamaica at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and lives and creates her artwork in Vancouver, Canada.

Artist, Afuwa Granger - First Daugher of Guyana.
Artist, Afuwa Granger

Afuwa’s  art is based on her family photos and the idea of the immigrant body. With many relatives across the globe, she wanted to depict the challenges of living a nomadic life. Family, friends, and human connections are very important to Afuwa, and part of where she finds inspiration. She says that as a person of colour it is particularly important to have people who know you and understand you because you don’t have to explain yourself to them – you are precious to them. The real 24-carat gold that Afuwa used to create these art pieces represents this idea of preciousness and how, when you leave a play, it’s difficult to decide what to take with you. It also alludes to the reality that, while Canada freely exploits Guyana for its gold, it is a lot more reluctant to take in its people. “To me, my family is gold,” she says, “so they can come in.” (Access and Diversity Blog, Feb 2014)

In an article by Diversity Works, Afuwa shared the following about her work. “I paint in order to understand my history; to give form to the marks borne by my ancestors throughout lives of enslavement, indentureship, economic migration and colonisation. My work necessarily reflects the experience of living within a body politicised by these forces and complicated by pain; it focuses on provoking a dynamic confrontation with belief, truth and layers of perception. These layers feed my fascination with skin, with transience, with memory. Like layers of paint, tissue manifests the ancestral in the flesh; simultaneously protecting and exposing the chimæra within. The ancient petroglyphs enmesh personal physical history with the tangible, visible present.”

In addition to gallery exhibitions, Afuwa’s images and writing have appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, The Feminist Wire, subTerrain, and West Coast Line. She has also worked with LOVE BC to create murals with youths at risk for homelessness and her artwork has accompanied Ajamu Nangwaya’s Briarpatch Magazine article on police violence against youths of African heritage.  Her work was also featured in the Love As A Radical Act forum at and  Afuwa’s piece “Colonial Blanket for Peoples Who Refuse to Vanish” was viewed at Gallery Gachet, and her solo show “Familiar Icons: Portraits of Diaspora”  at The Lobby Gallery at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, where she was a 2013 Visiting Fellow. Afuwa was nominated to be one of Vancouver’s Remarkable Women of 2014.

a young Afuwa and her sister, with their mother, Sandra Granger.
First Lady Sandra Granger and her two daughters, Han and Afuwa in their younger days. Photo – Kaieteur New Online

On May 16, 2015, Afuwa’s father Brigadier David Granger became the the 8th Executive President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Afuwa traveled home to Guyana to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Afuwa’s older sister, Han Granger-Gaskin, is the Managing Director of their her family-owned business Topaz Jewellery, which is located in Georgetown, Guyana.  She is married to the Hon. Dominic Gaskin, Minister of Investment & Business in Guyana and has four children.

You can learn more  about Afuwa’s artwork and events via her website
President Granger's Daugthter Afuwa and his grandchildren
President Granger’s Daughter Afuwa and Grandkids at May 2015 Inauguration.  Photo: Guyanese Online Inauguration Files
His Excellency David Granger, First Lady Sandra Granger, their daughter and granddaughter along with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Mrs. Sita Nagamoottoo enjoying the fireworks display at the Guyana National Stadium.
His Excellency David Granger, First Lady Sandra Granger, their daughter and granddaughter along with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Mrs. Sita Nagamoottoo enjoying the fireworks display at the Guyana National Stadium. Photo:


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Comments (13)

Keep on keeping on!!!

Shout out to my fellow Guyanese sista doing big things

Congratulations…..yes you do rock

Do have a bless day. f.bro.

Congrats Afuwa.

It would be helpful if someone edited the article and correctly cited the pictures. Nonetheless, it’s wonderful to celebrate Guyanese women.

She is a talented artist, she should her gift with the younger people at home.

The President has a lovely family, and he presents an example that all Guyanese can be proud to follow, and the outside world can respect as representative of Guyanese society

Proud of you Afua. Very encouraging.

People ! become the changes you have the potential to achieve.

The President’s daughter is so talented and kudos to her. Her name Afua/Afuwah sounds like a Ghanaian name. Well welcome you in Ghana. God bless.

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