Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL: Kenya Uprisings, Through the Leopard's Gaze

01 September 2021, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Through the leopard's gaze

Kenyan colonial history and African resistance to British racism via photos, videos and personal narrative in 'Through The Leopard's Gaze'

This event is free.

Event Information

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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

In the 1950s the Land and Freedom Army in Kenya fought against British invaders who had massacred local people and stolen their land. The LFA was deliberately mis-labelled by the British as the 'Mau Mau' who were then described as 'murderous thugs'.

This is part of the history included in Njambi McGrath's book Through the Leopard's Gaze. In this session Njambi will take us through sections of her book while we also review parts of Britain's colonial behaviour in East Africa that it has actively suppressed. We will cover:

  • British concentrations camps in Kenya
  • Brainwashing in the colonies, how it worked
  • African Women Resistance Leaders
  • Finding your voice in art
  • The Notting Hill connection
  • Self discovery of African history in Britain
  • World War 2, Japan and Kenya
  • Immigration and 'White Mischief'
  • Plus Q&A

About the speakers:

Njambi McGrath is a rising comedy star with a Radio 4 Series in the horizon. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Through The Leopard's Gaze was optioned for a 6 part TV drama series by Expectation Entertainment.

“Written with poetic fortitude, 'Through The Leopard’s Gaze' reveals that the hardest part of survival is not the experience of violence but the pressure you feel to make sense of it. Bravely sharing her own attempt to confront the past, Njambi McGrath’s memoir is a stunning portrayal of human brutality and human resistance – heart-breaking and empowering in equal measure.”
- David Lammy MP

Njambi’s book was shortlisted as one of the Twentyin2020 writers announced in the Guardian 2019. Away from writing, Njambi is an accomplished comedian with seven one woman shows and three filmed comedy specials. She was crowned winner of 2019 prestigious Hackney empire NATYS Award.

Tony Warner is the author of Black History Walks in London Volume 1. This is part of Jacaranda Books revolutionary Twentyin2020 initiative to publish 20 books by 20 Black British authors in 2020. An unprecedented feat. Black History Walks in London Volume 1 is the 20th of that series but was delayed to this year due to the Coronavirus.

Twenty in 2020

Twenty in 2020