Awesome Resources

Hi! So this is a list of resources that I have either used in the past and loved or continue to use in my daily life. It is not an exhaustive list; I will continue to update it and add to it. If you have any recommendations you think would be a great addition to this page, please do reach out to me here or via the green chat box in the bottom right corner of the page, or via email. You never know when something you're using is the key to someone else's breakthrough so let's share the love please! 

Educational:

Mental Wellness & Other Apps:

Meditation/ Relaxation:

Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience

Binaural Beats - soothing music for focus, study, sleep etc. You can set timers to auto-stop the music and can use without wi-fi!

Insight Timerguided meditations or join live group meditations and talks

Calmmeditation, relaxing music, sleep stories, and masterclasses 

The Yoga Collectivethousands of virtual yoga and fitness classes, meditations

Brain exercises:

Lumosityfun brain games to train your mind

Elevatefun brain games designed to sharpen mental skills

WordBrain 2 - find hidden words with increasing levels of difficulty... SO GRATIFYING when you do.

News curation:

Feedlyadd all your go-to news publications into a single feed and stay up to date in one place

Music & podcasts (and a ton of other cool things I often forget to check out):

Spotifymy go-to for EVERYTHING music and podcasts but they have tons of other cool content like languages, comedy etc.

For Muslims:

Athanbest Islamic app I know of for local prayer times wherever you are, compass for figuring out the Qibla prayer direction, ramadan calendar, reading the Quran, duas etc. You can set alarms to be notified when it's time to pray.

Social:

Meetup - join or host in person or zoom events and meet new people, join groups based on your interests

Mental Health Resources:

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NVISION - mental health support relating to vision issues.

Skill Building:

Skillshareonline classes to learn tons of new skills and flex your creativity muscles!

Masterclass - hundreds of classes taught by experts in their field

My Favourite Books:
 

This is probably the most difficult list of all simply because I have too many favourites to list here. So I've whittled it down (many a tear was shed if you must know) to the books that I hold closest to my heart that I never tire of rereading and that have had the biggest impact on me.

Fiction: 

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (this. book. is. HILARIOUS. One of the most memorable protagonists I've ever read about in fiction). 

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Non-Fiction:

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

Self-Help/ Personal Development:

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Childhood Gems (Harry Potter top of this list but already listed above):

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Goosebumps by R. L. Stine (!!!! LOVED these especially the choose your own ending ones)

The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin

Jacqueline Wilson books

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

Arthur series by Marc Brown

Podcasts I Listen To:

Africa / Diaspora / Blackness:

The Comb by BBC World Service

Africa Today by BBC World Service

Africa Science Focus by SciDev.Net

Talking Africa by The Africa Report

Pan-African Thought Society

Still Processing by The New York Times

Jesus and Jollof by Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji

The Nod by Gimlet

News:

Business Daily by BBC World Service

The Documentary Podcast by BBC World Service

Science Vs by Gimlet

Aspen Ideas to Go by The Aspen Institute

The Journal by The Wall Street Journal

Recode Daily by Vox

Health/ Wellness/ Growth:

On Purpose with Jay Shetty

The Mindvalley Podcast with Vishen Lakhiani

Super Soul by Oprah Winfrey

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

The Tony Robbins Podcast

Something You Should Know by Mike Carruthers

BrainStuff by iHeartRadio

True-Crime Mysteries:

Dateline by NBC News

Solve by iHeartRadio (You as the listener get to be the detective; you listen closely to the clues sprinkled throughout the episode and then at the end you decide who among the suspects is the real killer. Season 1 is AMAZING! Not as big a fan of the season 2 structure but still worth a listen).

Motivational:

Joel Osteen Podcast

Climate Change:

The Climate Question by BBC World Service

My Favourite Series/ Films:

To be honest, anything that Ava Duvernay and Shonda Rhimes and Idris Elba touch has a pretty slamdunk chance of monopolizing my heart and my attention but I'll try to be specific here.

Shows/ Series:

When They See Us

Queen Sugar

Insecure

Grey's Anatomy

Criminal Minds

Prison Break

Scandal

One Tree Hill

Friends

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Marlon

Vampire Diaries

Don't F*ck With Cats

Supernatural

Red Table Talk

Shark Tank

Little Fires Everywhere

Documentaries:

13th 

Cowspiracy

Seaspiracy

What the Health

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Movies (Let's be honest, anything with Will Smith. He and the top 6 films on this list are always guaranteed to make me bawl my eyes out):

The Lion King

Tuck Everlasting

The Pursuit of Happyness

Titanic

Braveheart

Gladiator

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Love & Basketball

Brown Sugar

Hidden Figures

Girl's Trip

Queen of Katwe

Black Panther

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Two Popes

The Fast and Furious franchise (RIP Paul Walker <3) 

High School Musical (all three)

Anastasia (arguably one of the most amazing animations and soundtracks of all time)

Carmen: A Hip Hopera (Beyonce's first movie. It's a super sexy hiphop musical with super catchy tunes!)

My Favourite Composers:

Hans Zimmerthe man behind the most iconic soundtracks from The Lion King to Inception to Interstellar to Gladiator to Pirates of the Carribbean to LIKE EVERYTHING! Yowza. 

YirumaJust. Wow.

Patrick Yeboah - check him out on Youtube he's amazing! Discovered him on Insight Timer where he does live piano shows.

My Favourite Musicians:

African:

Tiwa Savage (she doesn't know it yet but we're besties)

Maabo

Sona Jobarteh (her too. Severe woman crush *tear emoji*)

Sidiki Diabaté

Iyanya

Youssou N'dour

Baaba Maal

DaVido

Diamond Platnumz

Otile Brown

African-American:

Queen Bey (I mean... duh.)

Common (celeb baby daddy number 1 tied with Idris.)

Tupac

Jidenna

Sam Smith

John Legend

India Arie

Janelle Monae

Jennifer Hudson

Ciara

Westlife

Blue

B2K

British:

WSTRN

Giggs

James Arthur

Emeli Sandé

Dappy

Ella Henderson

Best Mental Health Songs! (Instant mood shifters for me):

Don't be so hard on yourself by Jess Glynne

Unstoppable by Sia

Holy (Reprise) by Jamila Woods

Champion by Chip feat. Chris Brown

Bend down by MzVee feat. Kuami Eugene

Akwaaba by GuiltyBeatz feat. Mr. Eazi

Africa rising by artist collective including Tiwa Savage, DaVido, Diamond, Lola Rae etc. 

Watch my ting go by Lola Rae

That's my girl by Fifth Harmony

I am not my hair by India Arie

Video by India Arie

Forever begins by Common

I'm yours by Alessia Cara

Unforgettable by French Montana & Swae Lee

NO by Meghan Trainor

All about that bass by Meghan Trainor

Motivation by Normani

Q.U.E.E.N by Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu

The best is yet to come by Sheppard

JUST STAND UP! by artist collective including Beyonce, Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Mary J. Blige etc.)

Never break by John Legend

I smile by Kirk Franklin

Imagine me by Kirk Franklin

Breathing underwater by Emeli Sandé

Breathe by La'Porsha Renae

Celebration by Kool & The Gang

A new day has come by Celine Dion

I'm alive by Celine Dion

Speechless by Naomi Scott (from Aladdin)

Scars by My Brothers And I

Sing by Fireboy DML feat. Oxlade

Give it all to me by Mavado feat. Nicki Minaj

Already by Beyonce

In my Maserati/ Maserati remix by Olakira feat. DaVido

Bankrupt by Russ

It's hard by Giggs feat. Emeli Sandé

I'm workin' by Giggs feat. Jorja Smith 

Ms. Jackson by Outkast

Better by Khalid

Time to party by Flavour feat. Diamond Platnumz

Kupe Dance by A-Star

Checklist by Normani feat. Calvin Harris

Fais moi confiance by Sidiki Diabaté

ANYTHING by WSTRN is a mood shifter for me esp. Txtin', Ben' Ova, In2 and the In2 remix etc. etc.

ANYTHING by Tiwa Savage especially My Darlin', 49-99, Park Well feat. DaVido

ANYTHING by Sona Jobarteh especially Gambia and Saya