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LADY DIA

Lady Dia is a Lozi womyn from Bartoseland, though born in Luanshya, Zambia. She is a mother, a wife, and artist. Through a Telus Storyhive grant she produced her first podcast, MOM:ENTS. Lady Dia, was named The City of Kelowna's Artist in Residence for the year 2021, where she focused on true inclusivity and space making for I-BPOC creatives. She studied at UBC-O obtaining an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies. She is matron of the House of Hope, a space governed by the philosophy of Ubuntu in daily living. This art-centred space explores its practicality in sustaining community through creativity and collaboration. Lady Dia is a founding member of Kinfolk Nation- an African, Caribbean artist collective documenting the experiences and stories of contemporary Africans/ Caribbeans/ Spirits, and the kindred spirits they cross paths with. She is also co-founder of the Africa Ubuntu Association- Okanagan, a not for profit organization that serves to foster a community for Africans, those of African descent and "friends of Africa". Lady Dia was co-founder of HEARTH, which was the first Black and Indigenous womyn organization in the Okanagan, as well as the first Black and Indigenous student-led initiative in the Okanagan. 

Ubuntu - I am because you are