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Alumni Engagement

Help America: Why Africans Should Care Despite African Problems (virtual event)

Kobby Ankomah-Graham and Kirstie Kwarteng

Date: 23 July 2020Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 23 July 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: 0

SOAS alumnus Kobby Ankomah-Graham and SOAS PhD candidate Kirstie Kwarteng will discuss a new relationship between Africans on the continent and across the globe.


African-descended communities the world over are amplifying a 400-year long call for black people to be treated as full human beings in all aspects of modern life. As some echo the call, there are a spectrum of others on the African continent who question why they should care about the lives of those in America.

As a lecturer, writer and DJ based in Ghana, Kobby sees dots to be connected between everything from global calls to defund unjust policing systems to ancient African ways of being, and historical struggles across Africa and its diaspora; evidence of which is littered across modern African music, literature, film and other popular culture forms.


Kobina Ankomah-Graham is an academic, writer and DJ in Ghana’s creative arts scene with an endless fascination with African counterculture and creativity. He holds degrees in Law (LL. B) and International Studies & Diplomacy (MA) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in contemporary creative industries at the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana. Before full-time immersion in his doctoral studies, he was a faculty member at Ashesi University where he taught classes including African Philosophical Thought, Social Theory, and Text and Meaning. He currently teaches at Webster University Ghana.

Kirstie Kwarteng is PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London in the Department of Development Studies. Her research interests include migration and development, African diaspora populations, second generation immigrant identity, and transnationalism. Prior to beginning her doctorate, she founded The Nana Project, a digital platform dedicated to preserving firsthand accounts of Ghana's history. Kirstie holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development. In 2016 she was named as one of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Future of Ghana.


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