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Emma Dabiri: What White People Can Do Next

Celebrated Irish-Nigerian author Emma Dabiri talks about her expertly outlined treatise on race, class and capitalism, with Santilla Chingaipe.

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Celebrated Irish-Nigerian author Emma Dabiri’s What White People Can Do Next cuts through the noise of online discourse to offer a robust and nuanced examination of race and class. Drawing from lived experience and academic study, Dabiri expertly outlines how the idea of race was constructed to bolster capitalism, while articulating a powerful vision of how to forge a future that works for us all.

See her in conversation with Santilla Chingaipe about a deeply practical treatise told with intellectual rigour and razor-sharp wit.

Order your copy of What White People Can Do Next from the Festival’s official bookseller, Readings Books.


Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist, broadcaster and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS University of London and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her 2019 debut Don’t Touch My Hair was an Irish Times bestseller and published to critical and commercial acclaim. Her latest book What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition is an instant Sunday Times favourite.

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and regular contributor to The Saturday Paper. She serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations. Her first book of nonfiction is forthcoming and a documentary based on the book, Our African Roots, airs later this year on SBS.

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