Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy

Thursday 3 January 2013
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is saddened to receive the news that Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy passed away on 17 December 2012 following a long battle with cancer. An internationally respected artist, Chukwuogo-Roy achieved particular prominence with her portrait of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth which was commissioned for the Golden Jubilee Year of 2002. Chukwuogo-Roy was also  a good friend of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and several of her works are on display in the Institute.

CD Launch: ICwS Visiting Fellow John Cowely co-produces the re-issue of 'Calypso Dawn: 1912 - Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band'

Tuesday 18 December 2012
These completely restored masters should be of special relevance for the state of Trinidad and Tobago. Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1962, the islands finally became independent from Great Britain. The people celebrated carnival for a week, remembering and celebrating their own identity. Half a century earlier, Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band had played a substantial role in developing and promoting the identity of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. For more information or to purchase a copy click here.

ICwS fellow Martin Plaut - 'The legacy of Meles Zenawi' Review of African Political Economy, Volume 39, Issue 134, 2012

Tuesday 18 December 2012
I recently obtained a somewhat grainy, black and white photograph dated 14 December 1935. It shows a long line of men, walking down a dusty street in Addis Ababa. It is entitled ‘“The sinews of war”: rich merchants bring bags of money to finance the Emperor Haile Selassie’s doomed attempt to halt the Italian invasion’. As the caption indicates, the money is carried by slaves.