A Drink with The Idler | Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom on Rap, Home and Hope in Modern Britain

Aniefiok Ekpoudom


Join “A Drink with the Idler” as we chat with author and journalist Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom on the social history of British rap and grime.

Aniefiok Ekpoudom‘s new book “Where We Come From” takes us from the heart of south London to the West Midlands and South Wales telling the tale of the dawn, boom and subsequent blossoming of UK rap and grime. Neef will be talking to Idler editor Tom about the history of rap and its significance in Britain today. 

‘A stunning exploration of a genre, a movement and a world. It’s every bit as lyrical as the rap Ekpoudom has documented.’ Candice Carty-Williams

‘Illuminating and intimate. Ekpoudom’s prose is rhythmic and deft but also crackles with joy. I know I’ll be reading it for years to come.’ Caleb Azumah Nelson

‘Essential . . . a book from the nation’s frontline, where poverty and hardship and exclusion meet poetry and beauty and a higher voice. The writing achieves a lyrical, hypnotic power all of its own.’ Sam Knight

The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. The Idler Academy’s Head of Philosophy Dr Mark Vernon will present a short “thought for the week” to get our brains fizzing and the discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. The event will be  hosted by Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.

This is an online event. It should be like meeting up in the pub for an interesting conversation. We leave the meeting open at the end so you can carry on chatting.

Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom is a writer and journalist from south London who documents the people, voices and communities of modern Britain. He has written for publications including the Guardian, GQ, Vogue and VICE, and has previously worked with grassroot platforms such as GRM Daily, Link Up TV and SBTV. Ekpoudom has also contributed essays to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space (2019), Keisha The Sket (2021) and A New Formation: How Black Players Shaped The Modern Game (2022). He was the recipient of the Barbara Blake-Hannah Award at the 2021 British Journalism Awards and the Culture Writer of the Year Award at the 2021 Freelance Writers Awards. In 2022 he was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Media & Marketing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to Be Idle and How to Be Free. Other books include a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster, and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more visit, www.markvernon.com

Victoria Hull is director of The Idler Academy, producing the Idler’s live and online events and courses.

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Event Details

Date: Thursday 29 February 2024

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Online via Zoom link

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