The Power of Names

Historian & Author shares how he came to be known as Onyeka, & the metaphysical and cultural power that’s in our names.

Onyeka

Onyeka Nubia is a writer, law lecturer and historian. His books document the lives and history of the African experience in Britain. His work explores issues about cultural identity, resistance to oppression and the will to succeed. Onyeka has written three novels, The Black Prince, Waiting to Explode and The Phoenix, which was awarded the 2009 African Achievers award for Communication and Media. He has also written two plays and his recent book, Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins, is a ground breaking historical publication which highlights the significance of the presence of African people in Tudor England. His work is based on the investigation of over 250,000 artefacts and documents gathered by the author, spanning more than 25 years of research. Some of this evidence was collected from archives and parish records across England and Europe. Besides literature, Onyeka has worked with a variety of educational institutions including the University of London, Brunel, Southbank University, Queen Mary and Westfield, Birkbeck, Westminster, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has been a consultant and conducted project planning for government departments and ministers in the UK and abroad.


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