The World Reimagined was formed out of the desire to discuss challenging parts of our history, in order to determine and shape how we forge ahead with establishing a fair and equitable present and future.
In that spirit, The World Reimagined has joined forces with the Rhodes Trust to host the first of a new annual discussion series that will greatly contribute to our knowledge of the global significance of the African continent.
For centuries, the relationship between Africa, Europe and The Americas has been defined by the legacy of the Transatlantic trade in Enslaved Africans. The redistribution of wealth, the possession of valuable artefacts and the retelling of history has greatly favoured countries of Europe. Now, with Barbados fully leaving their ‘colonial past behind,’ by becoming a republic, and countries such as Niger and Mali pushing back against French control, our panel will be discussing the turbulent history that has defined relationships within the Atlantic Triangle, and determining what must be done to transform a Triangle associated with pain, into one associated with progress.
Itinerary for the Evening
Arrivals from 4:30 pm for 5 pm start
Welcome by Dr Elizabeth Kiss (Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust)
Kehinde Andrews (Chair of the Panel) - Kehinde is an academic, activist and author whose books include The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World. He led the development of the first Black Studies degree in Europe at Birmingham City University and is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.
Onyekachi Wambu (AFFORD) - Nigerian–British journalist and writer, he has directed television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS and edited the anthology Empire Windrush: Reflections on 75 Years & More of the Black British Experience. Previously Executive Director (now Associate of Special Projects) of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), an international organisation aiming to expand and enhance the African diaspora's contributions to African development.
Councillor Asher Craig (Deputy Mayor of Bristol) - Asher has served as the ward councillor for St George West since 2016, and is currently the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, and equalities, having previously held the role of Cabinet Member for Communities, Equalities and Public Health.
Muloongo Muchelemba (Rhodes Trust/Rise) - a Zambian Rhodes Scholar who left the corporate world after 16 years working in banking, consulting and the energy sector, to focus on identifying and nurturing young global talent. Outside of work, Muloongo is the Founder and content creator of ongolo.com, a Pan-African thought leader and ideas blog that seeks to shift the narrative about Africa.
The discussion will be followed by drinks and canapes.
Accessibility Information: Due to the changing conditions of the House during the Big Build please always refer to Rhodes House Accessibility Information(ox.ac.uk) when attending the event in person.