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10 March 2020

‘The Life of Lady Kofoworola Ademola’, with Pamela Roberts, Founder and Director, Black Oxford Untold Stories

“Girls have brains too”: these are the words of a small, strong, defiant woman who carved out a path for young women and girls to follow in and create their destiny. The talk will describe St Hugh’s alumna Kofoworola Ademola Moore’s (English, 1932) life as the first black African woman to study at Oxford.

She was a daughter of parents who were members of what could be regarded as the African Yoruba elite, and was determined to pursue a teaching career. She rose to prominence as an advocate for women’s education and social reform.

Our speaker is Pamela Roberts, MA, FRSA, FRHistS, JP. She is an award-winning creative producer, historian, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow and Founder and Director of Black Oxford Untold Stories. Pamela’s work specializes in delivering black heritage projects that challenge the traditional narratives of black heritage and history to illustrate a new or different perspective


The lecture, in Mordan Hall, will be preceded by the unveiling of a picture featuring Lady Ademola during the visit to St Hugh’s College of Oba Alaiyeluwa Ademola in 1937 and a drinks reception, and will be followed by an audience Q and A session. All are welcome and the event is open to the public.


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