Cultural Compounds: IS AFRICAN IDENTITY LOST IN TRANSLATION?

Cultural Compounds is a series of one day symposiums to explore how the cultural and the personal conditions of African diasporic society, relate to current practices and theories, our knowledge of the past and contribute to our aspirations for the future. The second symposium in the series is on Saturday 7th July at City, University of London EC1V 0HB, the event is in collaboration with the Postcolonial Studies Seminar Series and Department of English at City.

The guest speakers are two of Britain’s most prominent thinkers, speakers and award winning writers today, Afua Hirsch and Dr. David Olusoga. Afua Hirsch is a journalist and author of the  Sunday Times best-selling book, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (Jonathan Cape) David Olusoga is a broadcaster and author of the multi-award winning book Black British: Forgotten History (MacMillan).

The symposium will have a panel combining prominent and popular cultural theorists, activists, arts practitioners and artists of African descent in the UK, including BBC New Generation Thinker (2016)  Dr. Louisa Uchum Egbunike, a Lecturer in English at City, University of London

Panelists include:

  • Larry Achiampong (visual artist)
  • Hassan Aliyu (visual artist)
  • Zena Edwards (Performance Poet)
  • Louisa Uchum Egbunike (Lecturer in English at City University)
  • Kwame, (Black British Music/Black Music Congress)
  • Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm (novelist and magazine publisher)
  • Coco Mbassi (Singer)
  • Patrice Naiambana (Actor and musician)
  • Minna Salami ‘aka’ Ms Afropolitan (cultural theorist)
  • Onyekachi Wambu (Director of A.F.F.O.R.D.)
  • Bibi Bakare Yusef (Cassava Republic – publisher).

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