In 2007, the Pan African voice and perspective was largely excluded from the nationalist retelling of African enslavement. As a result, for many African people worldwide, 2007 represents the year Britain rewrote and institutionalized through its museums, libraries, galleries, media and education system, a new narrow romantic abolition mythology about the nation’s historic involvement in the Maafa.

This interview was conducted with Toyin Agbetu and was carried out by Laurajane Smith and Ross Wilson at The Drum theatre, Birmingham, February 2009.