Culture

Untruths, Loose Ends, Hidden Roots and Extended Family Trees: An Interview with Joe Oteng

It’s an existential question, possibly as old as humanity itself. How well can you ever really know somebody? For Joe Jaquest Oteng, it’s been more than mere philosophical musing following the death of his father, Peter, 12 years ago. It is fairly commonplace for some skeletons to spill from the

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Interview

A Hope in Hell- The Parchman Prison Recordings: An Interview with Ian Brennan

Whilst Afropean is primarily focused on those with a cultural connection to the African continent living in Europe, we also take an active interest in stories emanating from across the Diaspora. Mississippi has been described as the ‘poorest and blackest state’ in the US. In a country that routinely criminalises

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Culture

Portrayals of a Queen and a Princess Exalted: The Artist Ben Enwonwu

It is generally acknowledged that the most esteemed and significant African artist in the second half of the 20th century was the modernist, Ben Enwonwu. His career benefited greatly from having sculpted a statue of Queen Elizabeth II and painting three portraits of Nigerian Princess, Adetutu Ademiluyi, when both women

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Black Travels, Dismantling ‘Fortress’ Europe, 19th Century Tropes and Blurring the Colour Line: An Interview with Igiaba Scego

Born and raised in Italy and the daughter of Somali refugees, the multilingual writer, activist and scholar, Igiaba Scego understands very well the complexities of the Afropean identity. 2023 sees the English-language publication of her award-winning book, The Colour Line (Small Axes/Hope Road Publishing). This intriguing and often heart-wrenching historical

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