Black Gold of the Sun

‘Where are you from?’ ‘No, where are you really from?’ These questions, which he has been asked since boyhood, drive Ekow Eshun to travel through Ghana in search of his roots, and lead him on an exploration of history and belonging, from slavery in Africa and the West to the present day and what it means to be black.

In search of answers, Ekow unearths yet more questions, some shocking contradictions and some long-forgotten truths about his family past…

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Ekow Eshun

Ekow Eshun (born 27 May 1968) is a British writer, journalist, broadcaster, and curator. He is the editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine Tank, a former editor of Arena magazine, and the former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. He is Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation.

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