Empire Windrush: Reflections on 75 Years with Onyekachi Wambu

Tuesday 27 June

Onyekachi Wambu edited one of the first books on the Windrush Generation – here he returns with a further literary reflection on Windrush, alongside the troubled preceding 500 years relationship of slavery, empire and colonisation.


In June 1948 the SS Empire Windrush docked in Tilbury, carrying with it the hopes and dreams of hundreds of young men and women from the Caribbean. It was both a point of departure and a historic transformation, a moment which influenced generations of writers and artists and produced much poetry, prose, fiction, journalism and influential essays. In this ground-breaking collection, journalist and writer Onyekachi Wambu collates some of the best and most significant writing from the 75 years following the arrival of Empire Windrush. Empire Windrush conjures a unique journey through the British past, present and future, via the prism of the Black imagination.

Onyekachi Wambu is a Nigerian-British journalist and writer. He has directed television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS. He is the Executive Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), an international organisation that aims to to expand and enhance the contributions the African diaspora make to African development.