Artist, Writer & Social Entrepreneur, Founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company
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As a social entrepreneur and BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, Akala is a regular media commentator and writer for the broadsheets.
He is credited with exposing global audiences to his Hip Hop Shakespeare company, aimed at exploring the parallels between the works of Shakespeare and modern day rappers.
Launched with the support of British actor Sir Ian McKellen, THSC delivers bespoke education programmes offering young people a different view of the arts and ultimately, themselves. THSC also produce interactive live music events/theatre productions showcasing the work of up and coming young talent who share the stage with established artists, poets and actors.
A passionate historian with a fierce millennial following, Akala is a natural choice for brands keen to engage the youth audience.
Akala has continued his success into the world of publishing and in 2017 released his debut children’s book, You Can Do Anything: Hip and Hop and this year NATIVES: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire will be published by Two Roads, an imprint of John Murray, part of Hachette.
Released in May 2018, NATIVES is an incredibly important book taking as it does, stories from Akala’s life – from the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers – and spins out to examine the social, cultural, historical and political factors that have got us to where we are.
In 2019, Akala’s The Dark Lady was published by Hodder Children’s Books, part of Hachette. It is set in a “magical realist Shakespearean time which brings to life the vibrant, visceral, violent and adventurous world of the Renaissance”.
Akala has graced the TV screen numerous times throughout 2018 with a notable highlight being Akala’s Odyssey which aired on BBC Four on Sunday 18th February and followed his voyage across the Mediterranean and beyond as he delved into some of the mysteries behind Homer’s monumental poem, the Odyssey. Akala Presents: The Ruins of Empires was another highlight where Akala performed an abridged version of his epic poem of the same name and a personal interpretation of history as told through the ‘knowledge seeker’. He’s also made an impactful appearance on BBC Question Time. Not confined to television, Akala gave memorable interviews on BBC 5 Live and the Unfiltered Podcast with James O’Brien.
In 2020 Big Picture Press, an imprint of Templar Publishing will publish Akala’s first non-fiction children’s title, the first of a 3 book series. It is an illustrated history of human brilliance and achievement, particularly bringing to light a truly global context to untold or neglected stories onto a level playing field with traditional curriculum topics.
In 2018, Akala received Honorary Doctorates from Oxford Brooke’s University and the University of Exeter.
Kruger Cowne Speaker Awards: Diversity Speaker of the Year 2017.
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"One of the main reasons Akala’s music is so appealing: he possesses a storytelling dexterity that is unrivalled in the UK.” The Multicultural Politic