A Night In with Chibundu Onuzo
In partnership with The Africa Centre to mark the publication of Sankofa
Sankofa is the funny, gripping and surprising story of a mixed-race British woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by award-winning author Chibundu Onuzo.
Anna grew up in England with her white mother and knowing very little about her African father. In middle age, after separating from her husband and with her daughter all grown up, she finds herself alone and wondering who she really is. Her mother's death leads her to find her father's student diaries, chronicling his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. She discovers that he eventually became the president – some would say the dictator – of Bamana in West Africa. And he is still alive.
She decides to track him down and so begins a funny, painful, fascinating journey, and an exploration of race, identity and what we pass on to our children.
Join Chibundu in conversation for this virtual event, as she explores the inspiration behind her new novel, and discusses its themes of family, history, race and memory.
About The Africa Centre
The Africa Centre is a charity with a mission to connect to, advocate for, and educate about Africa and its global diaspora. It creates and promotes authentic African cultural experiences and positive conversations about the continent through spaces and platforms that encourage creative expression, social interaction, cultural exchange, learning and entrepreneurship, and innovation.
The charity collaborates with aligned individuals, communities and organisations to serve its diverse communities. It has a long and rich history of championing the cause for Africa and its diaspora and is currently in the process of building a new home for contemporary African culture and heritage in Southwark, London.
The Africa Centre’s new flagship building is due to open in late autumn of 2021.