Anna Hankings-Evans

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1. Who you are, how old you are and what you do?
My name is Anna Hankings-Evans, but I often go by my Ghanaian name, Akosua. I was born on a Sunday, the 23rd of November 1986 (27 years old) and I am an Ashanti. In Ghana we have the tradition to name people by the day they were born. But I am also German. I studied law in Freiburg, Istanbul and Berlin and am currently specializing in international law, investment law and human rights law. I am doing my PhD and researching on investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Location and crew?
I am an German-Ghanaian Afropolitan (a term made popular by one of my favorite authors, Taiye Selasi) and currently based in Berlin. However, I am always on the road, never standing still. I run everywhere I travel, which is why I often run alone, and in different environments. Once I am back in Berlin, I run with my crew here, the Berlin Braves.

3. What you have gained from running?
From running I gained the insight that nothing is impossible or at least that you should never give up. Running was not always easy for me. When I started out, I could barely manage to run 5 kilometres. At times, it's still tough. Running long distances can be very exhausting. Yet, nothing is more overwhelming than pushing through. It's kinda like life itself. Everyone experiences going through a rough patch in their lives. Overcoming it is what makes life great.

4. What you hope to achieve in future?
Professionally, I hope to one day improve both living situation and development of people, who are being disregarded by the current legal regime. I hope to one day be able to offer alternatives to the existing normative rules and regulations. Personally, I just want to be a good role model to my sisters.

5. What makes you an indie runner?

I am an IndieRunner, because by running I try to motivate and inspire my friends. Running connects people and can serve as a cultural exchange. Never not running.

- Follow her on instagram:@anna_akosua 


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