Everyday Life In An Early West African Empire

Our Team, Products and Services

What we are about

Our mission is to popularise Black history. We aim to be a force for positive change. To this end, we offer products and services of an educational and cultural nature that benefit the community and wider society. To find out about our team, what we do, and what products and services we offer, please read on. For those of you with a more entrepreneurial spirit, there are ways that you can work with us to advance our goal of bringing Black history to a wider audience.


1. Robin Walker

Robin Walker ‘The Black History Man’ was born in London but has also lived in Jamaica. He attended the London School of Economics and Political Science where he read Economics. In 1991 and 1992, he studied African World Studies with Dr Femi Biko and later with Mr Kenny Bakie. Between 1993 and 1994, he trained as a secondary school teacher at Edge Hill College (linked to the University of Lancaster).

Since 1992 and up to the present period, Robin Walker has lectured in adult education, taught university short courses, and chaired conferences in African World Studies, Egyptology and Black History. The venues have been in Toxteth (Liverpool), Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Buckinghamshire and London.

Since 1994 he has taught Economics, Business & Finance, Mathematics, Information Communications Technology, PSHE/Citizenship and also History at various schools in London and Essex.

In 1999 he wrote Classical Splendour: Roots of Black History published in the UK by Bogle L’Ouverture Publications. In the same year, he co-authored (with Siaf Millar) The West African Empire of Songhai, a textbook used by many schools across the country. In 2000 he co-authored (again with Siaf Millar) Sword, Seal and Koran, the book on the Songhai Empire of West Africa that has evolved into the present book. In 2006 he wrote When We Ruled. This is the most advanced synthesis on Ancient and Mediaeval African history ever written by a single author. In 2013 he brought out a new edition of When We Ruled and a companion book: When We Ruled Reading and Study Guide.

See Robin Walker speak on the new book here



2. Siaf Millar

Siaf Millar was born in London. He attended Edge Hill College (linked to the University of Lancaster) where he read African & Asian Studies. He studied African World Studies with Robin Walker.

Mr Millar has run his own businesses for over 14 years and has many years experience in finance.

A keen historian, he has written and published books, articles and research papers over the last 16 years including The West African Empire of Songhai, and Sword, Seal and Koran with Robin Walker. He contributed brilliant historical articles to West Africa Magazine and The Alarm. He also wrote the seminal report on the education of Black children in the UK, Time to Shut and Listen.

Mr Millar continues to travel the world with his family, visiting and researching in many places with historical connections to Africa and its people. Among these places were Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Uganda, Ghana and Trinidad.


3. Saran Keita

Saran Keita was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She was educated there but also completed High School in Buffalo, New York. In Washington DC, she studied economics before returning to Africa. She read Spanish at the University of Abidjan, graduating in 1995. Since graduating, she studied Sales & Marketing and Business English in London.

Gifted in languages, she is fluent in English, Spanish, Wolof, in addition to Mandingo and French.

From the influence of her father, Ms Keita learned the importance of African history and read the works of Cheikh Anta Diop, Ibrahima Baba Kaké and Djibril Tamsir Niane. From her Mande heritage, she grew up familiar with names of direct ancestors like Mansa Musa, Baranmindinah and Sundiata Keita. Also from her childhood, she was familiar with the giants of West African history, including Sunni Ali and Askiya the Great.

Entrepreneurial from the tender age of 6, she has conducted deals in France, Italy, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger. Since relocating to London in 1999, she has organised educational and cultural events and has hosted adult education courses.

See Saran Keita speak on the new book here



4. Jacinth Martin

Jacinth Martin was born in Nevis in the Caribbean and she grew up in the Yorkshire town of Leeds. She has always had an all consuming interest in Black history and continually strives to bring the information to the masses--from the youngest school children to the elders and the hard to reach in the community.

She is the founder of many Black history related projects and heritage tours with the newest venture being the bimonthly ‘In Conversation’ news-related forum. However, her proudest achievement was in Gambia, January 2012. She witnessed the opening of a school in Lamin built by fundraising events jointly led by her and others. While there, she was welcomed into the Bojang family.

Mrs Martin is proud to present this book through the publishing arm of her company SIVEN Events Management.


5. Speaking Engagements

Looking for a speaker for your next event?

The authors, Robin Walker ‘The Black History Man’ and Saran Keita are dynamic and engaging, both as speakers and workshop leaders. They bring Black or African history alive, making it relevant for the present generation. You will love their perfect blend of accessibility, engagement, and academic rigour where learning becomes fun.

Walker and Keita are available to give speaking engagements to a variety of audiences.

Motivational crowds, general audiences and parents will enjoy their presentations How Black History can Change your Life and The Seven Key Empowerment Principles from the Pages of Our History. Academic, museum and history society audiences will appreciate their lecture Everyday Life in an Early West African Empire. Adult education groups can participate hands-on in their workshop Anatomy of the Songhai Empire. Secondary and High School pupils will benefit from their classes covering A West African Kingdom before the Colonial Era.

To book Robin Walker or Saran Keita for your next event, email us at info@everydaylifeinanearlywestafricanempire.com


6. Short Courses on Songhai History

Would you like to deepen your learning in Black history? Would you like to study with Robin Walker?

As part of his mission to get adults to engage with Black history, Robin Walker ‘The Black History Man,’ is offering you the chance to learn more about the Songhai Empire.

Like the great Songhai historian of old, Mahmud Kati, Walker believes that ‘to recall events that have been eroded from memory … is to strive to make [people] of good will better citizens.’ Consequently to master history makes you more rounded, understanding and powerful as an individual. Cultivating that power is an important part of each person’s self development.

For this reason, The Black History Man is teaching a series of short courses about this great African civilisation. In six content laden seminars, you will learn about:

  1. Sources of Early West African History
  2. The Early History and First Empire Period of the Songhai
  3. The Building of the Second Songhai Empire
  4. Daily Life during the Second Songhai Empire Period
  5. The Sciences, Technology and Industry
  6. The Late History and Collapse of the Second Songhai Empire

For more details on this course or any other enquiries, email us at info@everydaylifeinanearlywestafricanempire.com


7. New DVD on Songhai History

You have seen the book, now watch the DVD.

Evolving Creatives have produced a ten chapter DVD presentation entitled Everyday Life in a West African Empire.

Designed as a study companion to this book, each chapter can be used as an individual unit, or as a complete educational resource. Inspired by Robin Walker’s superb lecture on Songhai history, the DVD is supported by rare images from the Songhai Empire and reconstructions of life during this historical period.

Evolving Creatives is an independent organisation dedicated to the liberation of African people through Art & Education. Danny Thompson is the Director of Evolving Creatives.

Purchase the DVD through Danny's website at www.evolvingcreatives.com


8. GET INVOLVED with our book parties! A new concept in Black History

Do you think others might benefit from our book and products?

Staying ahead of the curve, the authors and the publisher have brought a new concept to spreading the Black history message: The Book Party. We host events at people’s homes to introduce the book, our courses and the DVD.

We are looking for hosts to hold our parties.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, we can host a Book Party at your home on terms that will be beneficial for all of us.

  1. Do you know a dozen or more people who might be interested in acquiring our products?
  2. Could you comfortably host them at your home?
  3. Would you like to earn some occasional income?

The idea is this: You bring the people to your home. We bring the products and the edutainment (i.e. education and entertainment). You receive a percentage of the sales.

Can we say fairer than that?

If you are interested in hosting one of our book parties, write to us at info@everydaylifeinanearlywestafricanempire.com


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