Join Narrative Eye to celebrate Black History Month
with events across the country

Blackamoores: Barbaries and Aethiopians Shakespeare's other Countrymen’
Tuesday 3rd October 7-9PM
SOAS University of London

Many British institutions have not responded well to the educational challenges of the twenty-first century. Perhaps this is because they have failed to redress the misinformation of the past. From the institutionalization of prejudice that saw people of colour branded as non-human; to the presumption that slavery, colonialism and the study of the other is all that is needed to understand an African presence in England. The result is that ‘sacred white spaces’ emerge in English history. These sacred spaces can be the breeding ground for institutional, political, emotional or semantic attacks to defend bastions of privilege. One of these sacred spaces is the Tudor and Stuart period.

Dr Onyeka an Alumni of SOAS has made it his life’s work to study Africans in England during this time. Join Dr Onyeka and Narrative Eye as we reveal this hidden history.
Organised by SOAS Students Union as part of the 2017 Black History Month

Venue : The Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
Cost : £2

What They Never Taught You in History Class
Wednesday 4th October 2017 7.30-8.30pm
The Curve, Slough

The missing pages of England’s history revealed. For every Florence Nightingale there is a Mary Seacole, for every William Wilberforce an Oladuah Equiano. How diversity shaped England’s past and why people of African and Asian descent have been present in Europe for thousands of years.
Historian Onyeka reveals England’s hidden past.

Venue: The Curve Slough, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY

Free entry

Africa and Africans in History: a Retrospect

Tuesday 10th October 2017 6.30-7.30pm
Palmers Green Library, Enfield

Narrative Eye encourages us to take another look at Africa and Africans before colonisation and imperialism. These Africans and their civilisations were pioneers of architecture, trade, astronomy, medicine and agriculture. However, their achievements are often overshadowed. Until very recently, the common belief was that Africans were only slaves and that in England during the early modern era they must have been outcasts. Research in Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England by Onyeka disproves this and demonstrates that not only did Africans have civilisations but that these peoples helped to develop English society.

‘Study the past, if you intend to have a future’ (Onyeka, 2017).

Venue - Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Ln, London N13 4EY
Booking -
Free entry

Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England and the Black Renaissance

Wednesday 11th October 7.30-8.30pm
Twickenham Library

Africans in Europe’s Renaissance as active agents of change: the historian Onyeka through words and images helps us make sense of the African contribution to early modern societies.

Onyeka is the writer of Blackamoores and Young Othello and for over twenty-four years has been teaching and researching this history.

Twickenham Library, Garfield Road, Twickenham, TW1 3JT
Cost - £3

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New Perspectives on Black British History Conference 2017
'Blackamoore’: Reconstructing the African Nominative in Early Modern England
From 9.30am Saturday 21st October 2017

The Tudor period (1485-1603) is one of the most popular with the general public and academics. It was the time of Henry VIII, William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I. Despite this, research into an African presence in England has been neglected. Recently, international interest has been stimulated thanks to Onyeka’s popular publication Blackamoores Africans in Tudor England: Their Presence, Status and Origins (2013). The author will reveal how Africans in Tudor society saw themselves. In other words, how they claimed their identity, through the terms that they used to describe themselves. By exploring this subject in this way, the author will show how Africans were not just slaves, transient immigrants and strangers in Tudor society but shaped that and modern Britain.
This talk is scheduled to be one of the first discussions of the day at the New Perspectives on Black British History Conference 2017.

Venue: Goldmith's College, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

Fee: Tickets start from £5

Emancipating the Curriculum
Tuesday 24th October 2017 7.30-8.30PM
Dugdale Centre, Enfield

Join Narrative Eye for an interactive discussion on how the curriculum can be emancipated for current and future generations. The children deserve a history that is not missing pages. Narrative Eye helps us to rediscover all our pasts.

‘Study the past, if you intend to have a future’ (Onyeka, 2017).

Venue - Dugdale Centre, 39 London Rd, London, Enfield EN2 6DS

Free entry

Othello: The Legendary Character and his Legacy on the Arts

Saturday 28th October 12.30pm-1.30pm

Idea Store, Whitechapel

For many Shakespeare's work can only be understood through dramatic portrayals to feel the full expression of the words, imagery, and historical significance of Shakespeare's work.

The lives and experiences of the Elizabethan characters bear resemblance to ours now. However, so many of us do not have the opportunity to experience such great stories being told.

Othello is one of the most well-known Shakespearean characters, but his significance and origin is too often overlooked.

Join Narrative Eye as we uncover Othello's African past, and discuss how we can make the English theatre more accessible and inclusive.

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council

Venue: Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU


Free entry

Blackamoores Course
at the Black Cultural Archives
A Forgotten Heritage: Blackamoores in Tudor England

Every Wednesday 1st Nov-6th Dec 2017 7-9pm

This course is the first of its kind: where students will be able to explore the presence, status and origins of Africans in Tudor England through a specially designed programme. The
Blackamoores course is facilitated by Narrative Eye and hosted by the BCA. During this course students will have an opportunity to carry out detailed investigations based on the pioneering work of authors such as Onyeka. In his book Blackamoores (2013), he spent over twenty years researching the presence, status and origins of Africans in England. His work proved that Africans were not all slaves and that many came from strong and vibrant civilisations. We will discover that not only was this the time of William Shakespeare, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, but also people of African descent such as Mary Fillis of Morisco, Henrie Anthonie Jetto and Anne Vause. This six week programme will empower students to help write the missing pages of history. Students will be assessed and awarded a certificate of achievement upon successful completion.

Venue: Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF

Cost: £50

What They Never Talk About in History Class
The Library at Willesden Green
Tuesday 14th November 2017 6.15-7.45pm

‘What happened to the Black people of Sumer?’ The traveller asked the old man …
‘They lost their history so they died,’ the old man replied. (A Sumer legend)
The study of history is not just a collection of dates and facts. It is a guide we can use today, to help us navigate through life and change tomorrow. We can learn lessons from the mistakes of the past, so we do not repeat them. But also, it becomes difficult to deny humanity, take away a person’s culture or call one person an ‘immigrant’ and the other ‘native,’ if we know about history. Ignorance is a fertile ground for injustice and prejudice.
Join Onyeka and Narrative Eye as we champion knowledge and historical research to find the missing pages of history.

‘Study the past, if you intend to have a future’ (Onyeka, 2017).

Venue: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF

Booking – Please see for more details
Cost - £2