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An African History of Africa

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

FREE but booking required - see entry for details
  • Date and time:Wednesday 5 June 2024, 6pm to 7pm
  • Location:Online only
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required

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For too long Africa’s history has been dominated by western narratives of slavery and colonialism or simply ignored. Now writer Zeinab Badawi sets the record straight.

Drawing on her book, An African History of Africa, Zeinab guides us through Africa’s spectacular history – from the very origins of our species, through ancient civilisations and medieval empires with remarkable queens and kings, to the miseries of conquest and the elation of independence. Visiting more than 30 African countries to interview countless historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and local storytellers, she has unearthed buried histories from across the continent and gives Africa its rightful place in our global story.

Join Zeinab for 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.

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You will receive a link to join a couple of days before the event and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

About the speaker

Zeinab Badawi is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist and filmmaker. She is President of SOAS University of London, UK, and is an honorary fellow of her alma mater St Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK. Born in Sudan, she has worked in the British media for several decades. Zeinab 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. She was previously Chair of the Royal African Society.


This event is part of York Festival of Ideas – for the full programme see https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2024/calendar/


June 5
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FREE but booking required - see entry for details


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