Writing as Radical Activism

Tuesday 19 October 2021
Time: 12:30 – 14:00 (BST)
Venue: Zoom
Tickets: FREE / £2 / £5 / £10 (Pay What You Can)

With Sekai Makoni.

Channel your activism into essay writing.

Essay writing can be a deeply personal and moving experience, and as a craft it can transform readers in incredible ways. This workshop interrogates the essence of essay writing (whether personal, social, political or cultural) as a practice of activism. Putting your voice and words on a page can be a radical act of courage, and this workshop will aim to help you identify what skills you need to strengthen your craft.

This workshop is presented by Africa Writes and African Arguments as part of our ‘Radical Activism in Africa’ series, see the panel featuring Dr Stella Nyanzi here

Structure of workshop:

The workshop will be delivered on Zoom and will last one and a half hours (12:30 – 14:00 BST) including breaks and time for you to write. You will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. This is a live event, which will not be recorded. 

Here’s what you need to know about the facilitator:

Sekai Makoni is an artist, podcaster, writer and workshop facilitator and Culture & Knowledge Programme Leader for HipHopHuis Rotterdam. Her art work explores Blackness and centres the voices of Black women in Europe on her podcast Between Ourselves. Past art work themes include queer Black faith rituals, rest for Black women and postcolonial histories of Zimbabwe. Her current work considers the whiteness of the holistic health space.


Africa Writes 2021 returns from 4 – 24 October. You can join us in celebrating the imagination, pleasure and activism within contemporary African literature either online, at 180 The Strand and the British Library. Learn more about the programme here.