Sudanese-British writer and broadcaster Zeinab Badawi will be discussing her debut nonfiction book An African History of Africa on May 8 at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London. If you are in the area, we highly recommend you attend this event to hear a spectacular new history of Africa.

Founded in 2002, Intelligence Squared is a media company and a leading forum for live, agenda-setting debates, talks and discussions around the world. On May 8, award-winning broadcaster Zeinab Badawi comes to the Intelligence Squared stage to tell a new history of Africa – in all its shades and complexities – without the stifling gaze of Europe.

Drawing on the themes of her latest book, An African History of Africa: From the Dawn of Humanity to Independence, she will describe the origins of humankind, the emergence of ancient civilizations and empires, and the joys and thrills of independence. Badawi will be in conversation with historian and broadcaster Kate Williams.

Too often historians have told the history of Africa through the prism of colonialism. But what picture of the continent emerges when we do away with making the story of Africa so anchored in European colonialism? According to the book synopsis, the result is a gripping new account of Africa: “an epic, sweeping history of the oldest inhabited continent on the planet, told through the voices of Africans themselves.”

Zeinab Badawi is an award-winning Sudanese-British broadcaster, journalist, and filmmaker. She is President of SOAS University of London and is an honorary fellow of her alma mater St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She is a recipient of the President’s Medal of the British Academy, a Patron of the United Nations Association UK, and is on the boards of the Arts, Humanities and Research Council, MINDS (the Mandela Institute for Development Studies), the International Crisis Group and Afrobarometer.

See event details below:

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Time: 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Location: The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY, United Kingdom

Tickets start at £14.99 for students, £19.99 for people under 26, and £26.99 for general admission.

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