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United States of Africa: The Future of Pan-Africanism

Part of Africa Utopia

Listen and learn as this panel considers what a truly united African continent might look like.

As the rest of the world obsesses over borders and walls, the African Union is working towards closer integration, an ‘All-Africa’ common passport and visa-free travel across 54 countries by 2020.

This panel looks to the future of the African continent and asks: is the Pan-African dream finally becoming a reality?

Kehinde Andrews is an author, educator and one of the leading black political voices in Britain. He is associate professor in sociology at Birmingham City University, a regular writer for the Guardian and editor of the series ‘Blackness in Britain’. He was part of the team that launched the first Black Studies degree in Europe, is co-chair of the Black Studies Association and of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity.

Andrews' new book Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century traces the long and eminent history of black radical politics. Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today.

Fatimah Kelleher is an international women’s rights and social development consultant with 16 years of experience working with a variety of international, regional, and national stakeholders in Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. With multi-disciplinary expertise in research, project design, programming, monitoring and evaluation, and policy advocacy, Fatimah specialises in women’s economic empowerment and justice, education, and health. Her experience within women’s economic empowerment and justice includes employment and equitable access to markets, gender justice and trade policy/export promotion, women’s empowerment and justice within market systems approaches, rural development, enterprise development, gender and women’s rights in private sector development, women cross-border traders, and gender responsive budgeting and investment.

As an educationalist, Fatimah specialises in equity and equality issues within education provision, including girl-child, adolescent and women’s adult education, women and the teaching profession, reaching marginalised and remote communities, non-formal education, skills acquisition and training, and gender responsive schooling. She has also conducted research and delivered technical assistance in the area of maternal and child health.

Fatimah has worked extensively in Nigeria, particularly in the north, and has also worked in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Pakistan, India, Liberia and Guyana. Her past and current experience has involved work with local civil society organisations, UN agencies, the Commonwealth Secretariat, nongovernmental groups, and the U.K. Department for International Development. Fatimah has published widely in her areas of work, delivering empirical research, policy documents, papers, and media articles.

Chaired by journalist, Eliza Anyangwe. Born in Yaounde, Cameroon Eliza has been working to build communities around journalism for a long time, starting on The Guardian’s Katine Project before becoming editor of the Guardian Global Development Network.

In November 2014 she went freelance and has since founded The Nzinga Effect, a media project focused on telling the stories of African and afro-descendant women online and offline - exploring how to build engaged communities around an issue and across geographies.

Eliza grew up listening to local radio stations and still uses the TuneIn app to catch-up on local news from Lusaka to Bamako and Nairobi. She’s a big fan of local publications Star & Crescent in Portsmouth, El Salto in Madrid and 3 Point Magazine in Athens, not just for their commitment to report on what matters to local people but also for experimenting with collective ownership.

Dates & times

21 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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