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Tej Adeleye

Tej Adeleye is an experienced writer, researcher, facilitator and cultural programmerAdeleye has an intimate connection with the project as she was part of the intergenerational conversations that gave the idea to this project. She is currently working at the George Padmore Institute as part of the Citizens of a Common World Project. Adeleye has been researching arts and culture movements over the last 50 years in the UK and feels incredibly excited by the fact that the majority of these histories show ordinary working people doing extraordinary things through art, music, community and weaving different knowledge bases together for liberation – ranging from simple acts of self-determination to victories against state powers. 

Samantha Asumadu

Samantha Asumadu is a former documentary filmmaker and journalist. She is the founder of Media Diversified, the Media Diversified Experts Directory and the co-founder of Bare Lit Festival. Her decades long commitment to grassroots activism led to her campaigning on issues such as women’s representation in Theatre, child abuse in war zones and Sickle cell anemia. As a journalist she was based in East Africa, where she covered stories such as Acid Attacks, Blood Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Kampala bombings of 2010 for news outlets including CNN, Deutsche Welle, Sky News, France 24 and Agence France Presse. Her first documentary was broadcast by Aljazeera English in 2009.  'The Super Ladies’ is the story of three Ugandan women rally drivers and a race with a dramatic outcome. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New Statesman, appeared as a guest on BBC Women’s Hour, LBC Radio, the Victoria Derbyshire show and BBC World and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2016 Samantha was a judge at the Editorial Intelligence UK Comment Awards in 2016 and on the advisory panel for the British Film Institute's Black Star Season.

Ama Josephine Budge

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental revolutions and queered identities. Her work challenges neo-liberal feminisms, working to activate and catalyse movements that emphasize human rights, ecological revolutions and de-gendered identities. Budge’s fiction and non-fiction has been published internationally by Aperture, The Independent Newspaper, Dispatch Feminist Moving Image, Media Diversified, Skin Deep, Consented, CHEW Magazine, B. Dewitt Gallery and Autograph ABP.  She is convenor of I/Mages of Tomorrow anti-conference, co-founder of The Batty Mama queer black club & performance night, and initiator of Self Love and Ecstasy pleasure collective (aka SLAE). 

Tanzil Chowdhury

Tanzil Chowdhury is a Lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary, University of London. His research focusses on post-colonial legal theory, the UK's war powers, British Overseas Territories, and he has also written on the subject of racialised policing. He has a forthcoming book with Routledge in 2019 titled 'Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment'. Chowdhury helped to set up the Greater Manchester Law Centre and Co-founded the Northern Police Monitoring Project. You can follow him on twitter @tchowdhury88 and find more of his work here.

Erinma Ochu

Erinma Ochu is a filmmaker, curator and writer, originally trained as a neuroscientist. Since 2016 Ochu has been a Lecturer in Science Communication and Future Media at The University of Salford. Prior to joining The University of Salford, Ochu held a 2-year Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship in residence with The Museum of Science and Industry and The University of Manchester, to explore innovative ways to immerse people in health and environmental challenges through games, interactive storytelling and temporary exhibits. She is a guest curator and creative advisor to several festivals and cultural initiatives: Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Manchester Science Festival, Creative Scene, The Sick of The Fringe.