Africa Utopia: History: Memory and Consciousness

Panellist in discussion at the History: Memory and Consciousness event, from left to right: Akala, David Killingray, Angelina Osbourne, Abosede George and Ed Emeka Keazor, author’s own image.
  • What events in history are remembered?
  • Who is remembered?
  • What’s the impact of selective memory on the public conscious?
  • 4 Brown Girls who Write by Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sunnah Khan and Sheena Patel.
  • Rise up by Stormzy
  • Don’t Touch my Hair by Emma Dabiri
My top highlight — chatting with Akala with my sis and best friend, author’s own image.
  • Afterwards, there was a moment to speak with Akala. His response to our questions was very thoughtful in offering useful and practical advice on connecting with our community.
  • This event reminded me that the subject of history has a lot of issues that still need to be addressed. However, it is encouraging to know that this conversation is actively happening. And people are finding creative ways to draw this conversation into other spaces such as social media.
  • Knowing history is great. Understanding history is powerful. But this is not enough. It is also about realising when history has been used in unethical ways and acknowledging this. It is about recognising the work of people who have shifted our understanding of how history is conceptualised and shared with others. It is about highlighting how lessons from the past can support better decisions today, to lead towards a brighter future. It is about encouraging a range of people to record histories to ensure more voices are present within the stories of world history.

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Hi I’m Lisa | Based in Brum, UK | Curator | Blogging to challenge the idea that history, art, culture and heritage is irrelevant| Twitter & IG: @heritage_io

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Hi I’m Lisa | Based in Brum, UK | Curator | Blogging to challenge the idea that history, art, culture and heritage is irrelevant| Twitter & IG: @heritage_io

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