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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 a Nigerian and Irish-British women’s rights and social development feminist-activist and consultant with 18 years of experience working internationally in Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Her work and advocacy centres primarily on women’s economic empowerment and justice, education, and health. Within economic justice her work has focused on varied issues from ecofeminist positions in rural development, gender and economic justice in trade policy/export promotion, women cross-border traders, and women's collective action approaches to economic engagement within private sector development.

As an educationalist, Fatimah specialises in equity issues within education provision. She has also conducted research and delivered technical assistance in the area of maternal and child health.

Nigerian-born and partially-raised, Fatimah has worked extensively in the country, particularly in the north, and has also worked in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Pakistan, India, Liberia and Guyana. Fatimah has published widely in her areas of work, delivering primary 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.

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Purcell Room


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