“I wanted to show, in a theatrical way, the absurdity of what it means to be a Black British woman living and working in Europe in the 21st century and how that aligns with the ridiculousness that Barack Obama had to endure as the first Black president of the United States.”
While Barack Obama was fulfilling his American Dream as the first Black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a Black Brit, was in pursuit of her own European dream in Brussels. Tasked with promoting Freedom of Movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless Union. But as the President faced resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.
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The author, Sylvia Arthur is a writer whose work explores themes of identity, diaspora and place. After graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Westminster, she worked as a runner for Sky News before becoming a reporter at News Africa magazine. She freelanced for The Guardian, the BBC, and the British Journalism Review and worked as a senior researcher/assistant producer for the BBC, ITV, and Sky.
In 2010, she relocated from London to Brussels where she was a communications consultant to the European Commission for four years. During that time, she travelled across Europe advising government departments and agencies involved in employment and job creation on communicating the benefits of Free Movement to their citizens. She returned to London in 2013 but continued working for Brussels, becoming a digital nomad, living in/working from countries including Spain, Canada, the USA, and Ghana.
Afrokanist Magazine: Tell us about your essay Obama and Me?
I wrote Obama & Me, my one-woman show which opened the Black Box Festival at the Etcetera Theatre in London in January, because I wanted to mark the end of an historic era, that of the Obama presidency. I also wanted to show, in a theatrical way, the absurdity of what it means to be a Black British woman living and working in Europe in the 21st century and how that aligns with the ridiculousness that Barack Obama had to endure as the first Black president of the United States.