Wednesday, 25 January 2012

TEDxEuston - Kwame Kwei-Armah - 'Standing on shoulders of giants'

In an interview with the Financial Times, Kwame Kwei Arma describes how he spent 6 hours on the roof top of the residences of one of Senegal’s greatest musicians Baaba Maal - which ended up in his being appointed -  artistic director of the third World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, held in 2010, in Dakar. Kwei-Armah has explored his roots in the Caribbean and before that in Ghana - and we were privileged to have him on the stage at TEDxEuston 2011.

Kwame Kwei-Armah is an actor, playwright and director. Kwame was born Ian Roberts to immigrants from Grenada. His father was a factory worker, and his mother worked three jobs to put her three children through private schools. He changed his name in his early twenties after tracing his family ancestry to Ghana. He is currently Artistic director of Centerstage Baltimore- the State theater of Maryland. He was artistic director of the 2010 historic 3rd World festival of black arts and culture in Dakar Senegal and is an associate artist at the Royal National Theatre.  He is Chancellor of the University of the Arts London was the first black playwright  to have his play Elmina’s Kitchen produced in London’s West End.

Watch his amazing talk at TEDxEuston 2011 here.....and share it!

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