This timely discussion explores everything from empire and race to culture and class, retracing and contextualizing the roots of modern British society.
MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and educator Akala is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses his unique rap-rock-electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling.
He has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK. In 2009, Akala launched the The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company.
Akala has also more recently been known for his compelling lectures and journalism, and his recently published memoir Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire was a Sunday Times bestseller.
David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and filmmaker. He one of the three presenters on the BBC's landmark arts series Civilizations, and has presented many other groundbreaking programmes.
His books include Black & British: A Forgotten History, The World's War and The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide, and his most recent publication, Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress.