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Kenyan Veterans of the Second World War

We have also been working with a team of Kenyan filmmakers who are working a documentary on the experiences of surviving African veterans of the Second World War. Victoria Mutheu, Sagwa Chabeda, and Stan Barua have already put together an extremely promising and highly polished series of sample interviews that serves as an excellent example of what their final documentary will look like. AFAS is assisting this this team by helping to research and produce more of these sample interviews with an eye to putting together a major funding proposal. Additionally, Ms. Mutheu and her team will join our oral history workshops via Skype. This, in effect, will create a virtual international community of scholars all working on various aspects of Africanist oral history.

African History in St. Louis

Beginning first with older expatriate Kenyans, and then perhaps moving to include Somalis and other diasporic communities, we will commence with a series of simple conversations with older Africans living in St. Louis about the key experiences and perceptions of their youth. Emphasizing the absolute necessity of protecting individual privacy, we will invite our informants to take part in a serious of oral history workshops where they will share their experiences with a public audience of students, faculty, and members of the wider St. Louis community.