INTERVIEW: Jay Mansaray, Journalist and Founder of A Clodhopper

Meet the Makers – Conversations with Africa’s Creatives

From playing characters on the big screen and being creators of the big screen, to literary giants and eccentric artists, the Pan-African diaspora boasts talented individuals in plenty whose skills have gone beyond borders and continue to influence global culture.

In celebration of this, every fortnight I interview a ‘Maker’ about their creative processes, perspectives and upcoming ventures. Subscribe to the Meet the Makers playlist on Soundcloud, or search AFROBLUSH on iTunes to keep up in the loop and up to date with my conversations.

Meeting Jay Mansaray, Journalist and Founder of A Clodhopper

To kick-start the series, I speak to Jayson Mansaray, arts and culture journalist and founder of A Clodhopper, the magazine and event night dedicated to arts, culture and lifestyle for the modern day epicurean and social media junkie.

Jayson and I have history…

What a lot of people don’t know is that Jayson was one of the first people to throw me in front of a TV camera for Arise News way back in 2013. So we’ve come a long way. In this interview, I steal Jayson away to my studio in The Africa Centre to talk about his personal style as an extension of his heritage, taste and values; citing Samson Soboye, Orange Culture and Lawranceairline as one of his favourite designers. Jayson stepped into 2017 with a plan to ‘just do it’, saying that in most cases we have the power to change the things in life we aren’t happy about in life, if we stop overthinking and just get up and go for it. 

Thank you, I love and appreciate your comments so much! 

You can get in touch with Jay and keep in the loop with all his on-goings by following him on Twitter and Instagram.  

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Louisa Kiwana

I’m Louisa Kiwana, originally from Kampala, Uganda. I work in marketing & strategy and also part of TEDxEuston. I love avocados and Bonobo. I’m the creator of AFROBLUSH and one half of the AFROBLUSH Podcast.