A podcast telling the stories of 52 immigrants from Commonwealth countries.
42/52 Botswana – Roddy Grant
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Roddy Grant is a part-Scottish-part-African professional coach for Ulster Rugby, in Northern Ireland. In this episode we speak about his upbringing in Botswana / South Africa and how rugby helped solidify his Scottish identity. Also, as a professional coach, he shares some tips from the field in front of thousands that we can all apply to our lives.
Follow Roddy Grant on Twitter here.
41/52 The Gambia – Lamin Ceesay
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In this episode I have the pleasure of catching up with Lamin who runs The Gamby Shack in Hackney, where he makes the best jerk chicken you’ll ever eat. With resturants on lockdown for the minute, we catch up about how he’s coping with indoor life, and he shares his favourite cook at home recipe – ‘smoked’ mackerel.
40/52 Uganda – Sushil & Anjana Patel
Anjana Patel with her daughter Priti
Priti Patel’s parents Sushil & Anjana are an Indian couple who fled Uganda to the UK in the 1960s just before Idi Amin’s decision to deport all Asians.
In 1972 55,000 Asians were ordered to leave Uganda half of them had British passports and were re-housed in the UK by the Ugandan Resettlement Board.
In the UK, the Patels set up news agents in Hertforshire, London and East Anglia.
“My husband always says ‘you did not really live above the shop you lived under the till’ because I am obsessed with money and counting money. But seeing my mum and dad working the most incredible amount of hours … it was a great education. It is a hard life. I would always be filling the counters and helping at the cash and carry. Priti Patel – East Anglian Daily Times
Both the Patel parents have been involved in politics, with Anjana serving for the Consvertive Party and Sushil standing for UKIP. This epiosde looks at the Patel family, as well as the effects Home Office policy on immigrants whose visas are in jerpody as a result of Covid-19.
39/52 St Vincent and the Grenadines – Jannett V. Creese
Jannett’s story touches on the role of women of colour in the NHS. Her story is told in her book My Windward Side, and you can also read up on Our Migration Story. I first learned about her in Proffessor Kushner’s book The Battle of Britishness, you will hear his voice in this episode I and want to thank him again for speaking with me and everything I’ve learned from him.
While you’re here sign this petition to name the NEC in Birmingham after Mary Seacole.
You might also enjoy this previous episode on Matron Hulda Shipanga and this episode of Very Loose Women episode about UK immigration policy being more hostile for women.
38/52 Nauru – Fourteen
At the time of the last UK census there were fourteen Nauru-born people living in the UK, without being able to get hold of any of them this episode explores the reasons they may have moved here.
The two clips in the episode are from:
Activists read the Nauru files outside Australia House in London – video by Sami El-Enany &Hamish Macdonald’s interview with Sprent Dabwido
For more information read on Nauru try:
The Nauru Files released by The GuardianRNZ’s history of NauruNauruWire
37/52 Seychelles – Grandchildren of Chagos
Stefan from the UK Chagos Support Association shares the story of a generation of children who are not welcome in the UK, but can’t return to their motherland either.
To learn more about their story and donate to some of their causes visit chagossupport.org.uk.
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One of the most informative podcasts I have ever listened too. Well done Anna!
A very important podcast
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10/10, would listen again.