|Born||1997 (age 23–24)|
|Alma mater||University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Known for||Founder of #MeTooButImStillHere. Health, Environmentalist and Identity journalism.|
Tamia Adolph is an Editor/Writer for the Disrupting Africa Encyclopaedia, where she writes and researches about technology and innovation in Africa. As an editor and journalist, Tamia is passionate about health, environmentalism, gender, the arts and identity. Tamia considers herself an activist through her writing for climate change, women’s rights, as well as mental health.
Tamia is the founder of a successful mental health and wellness initiative called #MeTooButImStillHere that aims to get rid of mental health stigma, create dialogue and discussion around mental health and advocate for mental health awareness in Africa. The initiative started on-campus at the University of Johannesburg and spread across provinces in South Africa. She has hopes to expand the initiative into a Non-Profit Organization in the future.
Tamia is a writer and poet under the pseudonym Imogene Mist. Her writing focuses on ideas around home, mental health struggles, the experiences of women, fiction and children’s literature. Her poem, “The Crown” is set to feature in the Journal of African Youth Literature Issue 2 of 2020.
Tamia is currently a Masters student in English Literature at the University of Johannesburg. Her dissertation focuses on the depiction of madness in African Literature. She has completed her Honours degree in English Literature at the University of Johannesburg with distinction.
Her research essay explored the juxtaposition of madness and female sexuality in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea through the lens of feminist writings on Freud’s hysteria. She holds an undergraduate degree in BA Journalism from the University of Johannesburg.
Tamia is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for her academic achievements. She has also been part of the top English students from first year to Honours. Her research interests include psychoanalysis, madness, identity, and gender and sexuality particularly feminism and women studies.
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