‘This book tells the story of a woman of depth, strength, courage and integrity’
– taken from the foreword by Rowan Williams
With a foreword by Rowan Williams, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi’s But Where Are You Really From? tells the story of her experience as a Christian Black woman with Zambian heritage, born and living in the UK, and explores how it feels to be judged on skin colour when
identity is made of so many things.
In speaking of this thought-provoking memoir’s central question, ‘but where are you really from?’ Mukwashi goes on to explain that, for her, this question has less to do with wanting to get to know someone and more to do with working out where we stand in relation to one another:
‘Whether you are like me,’ Mukwashi says,
‘you have looked at me and, more often than not, you have reached some initial conclusions…you have based that initial conclusion on the colour of my skin and the fact that I am a woman. By just looking at the fact that my skin colour is different from yours and acting on your instincts to ask me where I am from, you have stripped me of any connection to you, the assumption being: I am other.’
A book for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the current race and cultural transformation that is happening across the world today; this is a powerful story from the voice of a successful Black woman, navigating the search for identity against a backdrop of faith, humanity and hope that needs to be heard.
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is CEO of Christian Aid UK. She has had a career in international development, including working for the United Nations, VSO and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. Amanda has also served as a trustee for Bond and as President of Akina Mama of Afrika. She
has written for a range of media outlets such as The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and politics.co.uk. But Where Are You Really From? is
Amanda’s first book.
Praise for But Where Are You Really From?
‘A celebration of diversity and belonging’
– Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP
‘Vivid, dignified, wistful and defiant. It demands a change in how we regard each other and
whom we value—deeply impressive.’
– Sarah Sands, Editor of the BBC Today Programme
‘Timely, insightful – an important book…in these troubled times this book reminds us that
our differences shouldn’t be a source of fear…they are a source of interest and respect.’
–Douglas Alexander, former International Development Secretary of State