Esther Armah

Esther Armah is Executive Director, The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice (The AIEJ), a global institute working across New York, London and Accra. Emotional Justice is a visionary roadmap for racial healing that grapples with a legacy of untreated trauma and centers global Blackness. The AIEJ devises programming implementing the framework using storytelling as a strategy for structural change. Esther is an international award-winning journalist, a playwright and an international speaker. She has worked in London, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. In London, she worked with the BBC for 10 years, in New York she was host of WBAI’s Morning Show, Wake Up Call, and in Ghana, she led EAA Media Productions, and was a Media Communications Lecturer, a Commentator and Consultant working with multiple media houses including Joy FM, EIB Network, Business & Financial Times, Citi FM and MG Digital. Globally, she lives in Accra, and has lived in New York and London. She has written five Emotional Justice plays that have been produced and performed in New York, Chicago and Ghana. Her Emotional Justice essays have been published in books, including the New York Times best-seller Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African-America 1419 – 1619; and ‘Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism & Racial Violence’ and the award-winning ‘Love with Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse’ And they have been featured in publications including ‘WARSCAPES’,, AlterNet,,, Jay Z #444 Syllabus. For her Emotional Justice work, she won the ‘Community Healer Award’ at the 2016 Valuing Black Lives Global Emotional Emancipation Summit in Washington DC. Esther was named ‘Most Valuable NY Radio Host’ in The Nation’s 2012 Progressive Honors List for her work on Wake-Up Call on Pacifica’s, WBAI. And she was named one of ‘Africa’s Women Leaders’ in the 2019 World Women Leadership Congress Awards by CMO Asia and the Africa Leadership Academy.

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