Ayisha Lineo Gariba (known professionally as Ayo Tsalithaba) is a visual artist originally from Ghana and Lesotho.
Ayo’s primary mediums include digital art, film photography and digital filmmaking. Ayo started making films as a way of documenting their travels, until they discovered documentary filmmaking. They enjoy exploring issues of identity specifically societal expectations of race, gender and sexuality through their films. They are also the founder of The Bacon Berry Card Co., a small company specializing in cute greeting cards, stickers, prints and more.
Ayo has been featured in Huffington Post Canada, The Kit, TFO, the University of Toronto magazine and Munch Magazine. They have screened their films and appeared on panels at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, University of Toronto, George Brown, the Revue Cinema, Xpace Cultural Centre, and more.
Ayo is currently specializing in Women and Gender Studies and minoring in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. They hope to continue learning, taking risks, sparking conversations and above all else, advocating for positive social change.
Ayo Tsalithaba is a Yoruba-Sotho name that translates to “joy of the mountains” (Ayo = “joy” in Yoruba, Tsa lithaba = “of the mountains” in Sotho).
Ayo uses they/them/theirs pronouns