Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL: African Spirituality in London

08 August 2021, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

African Spirituality

Showcase of elements of ancient African spirituality, white media stereotypes and how and where to practice pre-European invasion rituals

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Sarah Parker Remond Centre / Black History Walks

This is an online event. Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes before the start by Black History Walks.

This event is organised by Black History Walks in collaboration with UCL's Sarah Parker Remond Centre

Above image from Iola Williams.

In the last ten years, there has been an increase in interest in and practice of African spirituality in London. Dr Asantewa initiated annual spiritual pilgrimages to honour the river deity Osun in South London, connecting with the annual Osogbo Festival in Nigeria. In this illustrated online talk Dr Asantewa will take us through:

  • Elements of ancient African spirituality and its survival
  • Media mis-representation of indigenous African practices
  • The role of women in African spiritual systems
  • Faith as armour against white supremacy
  • Cultural imperialism and its impact on African spirituality
  • How to open to spirit and ritual practices

About the speaker

Dr Michelle Asantewa is the editor and publisher of In Search of Mami Wata, an anthology of narratives and images of African Water spirits. She is also course leader on Black History Walks 12-week course, African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual.