With a strong background in documentary making Yaba Badoe is a dual British and Ghanaian citizen, who's passionate about portraying women's lives in an authentic way.
She was one of 50 writers to be commissioned by this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival to write about what freedom means to them.
Her documentaries include The Witches of Gambaga,and The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo.
In 2014 she was nominated for a Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award. Her debut YA novel 'A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars', was crafted in 2015 when the migrant crisis in Europe came to a head.
Yaba Badoe and her work will appear at four events at the WORD Christchurch Festival.