“Anyone who knows me knows that much of the time, I have very little idea what the hell I’m doing.”

– Jad Abumrad, Creator of Radio Lab and MacArthur Fellow, from The Terrors & Occasional Virtues of Not Knowing What You’re Doing

My name is Sharon Benzoni.

I was born in 1984, the year that is also the title of George Orwell’s most famous novel, and raised in various parts of the United States in a world filled with books and daydreamy outdoor adventures.

Right now I live in Accra, Ghana. I’m a graduate student, a writer of sorts and an occasional audio documentarian and broadcaster. In all this journalistically-inclined stuff, I generally try to remember to be guided by this principle, articulated beautifully in a review of David Foster Wallace’s biography:

“Journalists forget—read David’s Kenyon College speech and it will help you remember—that other people have lives that are at least as vivid to them as yours is to you. You have to respect this reality; in fact genuflect to it. What I’m talking about is not a technique; it’s a way of being alive that extends into your work.”

I’ve also recently picked up work with a record company as a fundraiser, chauffeur, speechwriter, sweet-talker, therapist, yoga teacher, social media consultant, baker and event organizer.

I’m hoping this all works out for me as well as it has for Jad Abumrad. In the meantime, I’ve got a lot of gut churn.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Sharon: In the Five Nations of the Iroquois in the Northeast part of what is now the US, the women of the settlement/village acted as a tribal council who elected the male leader of the group. Are the queenmothers akin to that?

    • Hi Mom! I don’t know; I haven’t had a chance to speak with her about it or read about queenmothers either. And I think the modern roles diverge to some extent from traditional ones….I’ll let you know what I find out!

  2. Hi Sharon,

    I was trying to find your contact details and found your blog. My name is Monica Noda and I came across your work while researching the informal sector in Ghana. I am one of the founders of Origin Network, an early-stage social enterprise. You can check our website for a little background on who we are http://www.origin-network.org. My partners and I will be in Accra during the month of May to explore different opportunities to improve the livelihoods of low-income small retailers/street vendors. We would love to have the chance to share notes with you given your very relevant work with The Informal City Dialogues. Do let me know if you have some time for a Skype chat in the next coming weeks and hopefully also some availability to meet with us in person while we are in Accra.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon!
    Best regards,


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