I was awarded my BA Joint Honours from the former Centre of West African Studies and the Cultural Studies Department at Birmingham University in the late nineties. After graduating I enjoyed a successful career in the arts and social research, working for high profile organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Office for National Statistics. I combined work and raising my three children, before returning to Birmingham University to study for an MRes at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology. My MRes research was based upon a study of the African contemporary art market at Bonhams Auction House in London, and I thoroughly enjoyed this academic research project, as well as returning to the University community. I have been fortunate to gain funding through M3C and am now working towards my doctorate.