Luke Akaguri was a part of the Centre for International Education (CIE) and had just finished his doctoral studies, returned to Ghana, then died. Suddenly. Leaving a wife and three children. Luke was a positive spirit who was hardworking and promising. He was a gift to his country, Ghana, to several people in Brighton and a star that shone in the CIE of the University of Sussex. Each year, the CIE holds a walk from the University to Stanmer village in his honour. It ends in a picnic where staff, students and well wishers also make freewill donations to a commemorative fund to support his wife and three young children in Ghana.
We made that walk today in his honour, as part of our Black History Month, honouring one of our own. The walk started at 11am and lasted till about 3pm.
By 5pm, the Attenborough Centre screened the musical documentary, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. It was well attended with over a hundred people. A lot of heads nodded to the continuing reggae music that played beneath the narration as feet tapped on. It was an amazing hour and half of good entertainment and immersion into the Jamaican/British documentary. Special thanks to Professor Martin Evans of the History Department at Sussex here and the Attenborough Centre for helping putting this together.
Tomorrow, we have a screening of Pravini’s music documentary The Uprising at Shawcross AS01, University of Sussex from 4-6pm. It will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. Details for the event can be found HERE. You can also read on all the other BHM events happening this week HERE or see what is happening for the rest of the month HERE.
Happy Black History Month!