The next big moment in the year of AFFORD@30 celebrations will be the In conversation with Onyekachi Wambu event at SOAS University of London on Friday 28 July from 5.30 to 8.00pm.
Onyekachi is the former executive director of AFFORD, a celebrated diaspora transformer, journalist and writer. For 21 years, Onyekachi has worked with great vision, creativity and commitment for the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) and for diaspora impact in Africa. This will be an intimate and illuminating evening with the former executive director of AFFORD, covering his journey from journalist and writer, to diaspora and development, and culture and restitution.
Onyekachi has recently published the second edition of Empire Windrush – reflections of 75 years and more of the Black British experience. In this newly-published, ground-breaking anthology, Onyekachi collates some of the best and most significant writing from the 75 years following the arrival of Empire
Featuring a preface by Margaret Busby and new writing from Bernardine Evaristo, Mike Philips and Dan Hicks, Empire Windrush conjures a unique journey through the British past, present and future, via the prism of the Black imagination. Several chapters tackle issues of restitution. Copies of Empire Windrush
will be on sale at the venue, courtesy of Round Table Books.
In conversation with Onyekachi Wambu will be moderated by AFFORD chair Ndidi Njoku and Professor Gibril Faal of LSE. Onyekachi will be introduced by Ra Hendricks, founder of Jazzzmo’thology, a platform promoting and staging live events to illustrate the breadth of music created and performed by African peoples.