Siana has been recognised by MOBO, The Bookseller, VICE, Dazed, Elle, NU People Magazine, Hustle and Heels, The Voice, True Africa, Buzzfeed, and the BBC, among others, for her work, her powerful voice, conviction, and commitment to working towards meaningful inclusivity and positive change in Britain and beyond. She was nominated for the 2016 Nu People x Hustle and Heels Inspire Award and holds a History degree from the University of Cambridge. Siana is an international public speaker, performing and presenting papers and presentations across the world, including in Germany, Portugal, Finland and Brazil. She has delivered two TEDx talks – at the University of St. Andrews in 2017 and at the final TEDxEuston Salon in 2019 – and in 2019, co-curated TEDxYouth@Brum conference at Birmingham’s Hippodrome, which included speakers such as Jamelia.
‘A powerful emerging voice on London’s poetry circuit… Bangura is making a path for writers who don’t want to compromise their creativity, championing a DIY path to getting work out there for people to read… Bangura’s Elephant is semi-autobiographical, covering the politics swirling around black womanhood, from childhood experiences of colourism to adult encounters with direct racial hatred, and the memory of immigration to London from Sierra Leone. Bangura explains the conscious link between forging a DIY route, and the experience of minorities navigating the traditionally white space of literary publishing.’ – Anna DeWolf, Dazed
‘These breath-taking, astute, fierce, resilient, considered sisters make me really excited about what the future for women of colour in the UK could look like.
‘[Siana’s] candid account of the incident on social media helped uncover the underbelly of the UK racism which is often swept under the ‘illusion of inclusion’ carpet. We have to keep telling our stories, to keep our humanity thriving and prevent others from overstepping our boundaries.’ – Simone Bresi-Ando, The Voice, January 2016