Apeike Umolu, Director of the African History Project, to sit down with Prof. Kweku Ampiah to discuss the life and work of Pan-African philosopher, Kwame Anthony Appiah

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Wednesday 21 July 2021, London | info@africanhistoryproject.org

In the first of three interviews with leading Pan African Scholars discussing the life and work of prominent Pan African thinkers of the past and present, Umolu sits down with Professor Kweku Ampiah to discuss the latter’s recent contribution to the 2021 collection, The Pan African Pantheon, edited by Professor Adekeye Adebajo of the University of Johannesburg.

The conversation will take place on Wednesday 21 July, 2021 online. Discussions will start with an overview of Appiah and his work before Umolu will offer questions and lead what promises to be an engaging Q&A.

Ampiah’s essay, ‘Kwame Anthony Appiah: The Cosmopolitan Pan-Africanist’ offers insight into the life, work and thought of this living philosopher. Umolu looks forward to diving into this chapter in greater detail, particularly to dig into what Appiah’s work and career offers us in terms of working towards a modern definition of the Pan-African capable of propelling people to action.

‘The intellectual centring of Ampiah’s own work in the east as opposed to the west itself helps to offer new insight into how we engage with Pan-African discourse. In discussing his chapter, it will be interesting to explore Ampiah’s thoughts on the multiplicity of influences in Kwame Anthony Appiah’s work, particularly what has influenced the latter’s ideas about African identity being somewhat of a construct’ – Apeike Umolu, Director, African History Project. 

Adebayo’s collection is already being hailed a seminal work, with Professor Hakim Adi of the University of Chicester holding it ‘a major contribution to our understanding of the life and work of key figures in the history of Pan-Africanism’. Thus, Umolu and the AHP team are excited to be chairing three lectures in the series. 

Umolu will be holding similar conversations in the coming weeks with the eminent Professors Barney Pityana and Hilary Beckles discussing their own important contributions to Adebajo’s book.

Please contact the AHP team for information on how to join this and future events chaired by the African History Project: info@africanhistoryproject.org 

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