The author of this new book for teenagers Habiba is the founder of the Women’s Health International which campaigns about fistulas, abnormal connections between two hollow spaces in the body.
From Canada Habibia is studying at SOAS in London. Her mother Afua Cooper is James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. I first met Afua there in 2013. As founder of the Canadian Black Studies Association she invited me to the 2nd Biannual Conference in Halifax in May this year. I gave a paper on the links between British and Canadian black histories. Afua will be in London for the launch of Habiba’s book. I am trying to organise an event for her to give a talk and read some of her prose and poetry.