The Africa Centre proudly presents a panel discussion exploring the life and legacy of Mozambican poet, activist, and visual artist, Malangatana Ngwenya (1936-2011).

A beloved national hero in Mozambique, Malangatana was one of the few African artists to gain substantial worldwide recognition while staying in Africa. He had an international profile that was enhanced by an expansive personality. His knowledge of global art was wide; and he was a born performer who composed music, sang songs in five languages and periodically broke into spontaneous dancing.

The renowned artist had a special connection to The Africa Centre. During a visit in 1987, he painted a striking untitled mural on the wall of a curved staircase in its previous home in Covent Garden. The mural has since been restored and reinstalled in the Centre's new HQ in Southwark, London which opened in June 2022.

The discussion will be moderated by Carine Harmand: Art Curator at Tate Liverpool.


  • Richard Gray - Historian
  • Hehlise Gracieta Ngwenya - Malangatana's daughter
  • Alinta Sara - Independent curator & researcher

The event will also feature a brief screening of a documentary film produced by Malangatana’s Family Foundation to honour his legacy.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

**Spaces are limited, reserve yours now.

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