About me

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to the UK in 1972 from Uganda after completing her undergraduate degree at Makerere University where she passed with an exceptional first class degree in English. She was awarded a scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford where she obtained an M.Phil degree in literature in1975.

Now a journalist, she has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and was a weekly columnist on The Independent for eighteen years. She was the first regular columnist of colour on a national newspaper in the UK, the first female Muslim too. For someone of this background, politically on the left and a committed anti-racist, to find a voice and space in the mainstream media has been challenging and rewarding. She is also a respected pundit, radio and television broadcaster and appears on key political and cultural programmes. Currently she is a weekly columnist on the International Business Times, The New European and I newspaper.

For over twenty five years she has been consulted by various institutions and businesses on race and gender equality. She has met and advised politicians, peers and ministers, including PM David Cameron, on diversity and inclusion policies in Britain’s complex democracy. She is regular international public speaker in Britain, other European countries, North America and Asian nations. She is recognised as someone with experience, intellectual rigour and policy expertise by the public sector and private sectors. Campaigning organisations like Liberty and Index Against Censorship have invited her to debate sensitive subjects such as freedom of expression and state authoritarianism from the point of view of an insider/outsider, an important perspective. Total commitment to goals can make the most honest campaigners lose sight of diverse viewpoints.

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My articles

December 27, 2011

Weird Vegetables

Back in Uganda, the flat I lived in as a child was above the marketplace- boisterous and bursting with stuff, including new and weird vegetables to […]
December 25, 2011

cheap peanuts

3 small pkts cheap peanuts 3 bunches corainder fifteen mint leaves 1 tsp jeera poweder( cumin) 2 hot green chillies salt and sugar to taste  Every […]
December 22, 2011

Impressing the well connected

Had fourteen to dinner last Friday and very nice it was, though tiring. I can’t count and thought we had twelve guests and an hour before […]
December 17, 2011

Repaired Fishcakes

Jena, my mum and her mates were in awe of English recipes- ‘so healthy’ they said, ‘made those people so strong they ruled the world’ But, […]
December 15, 2011

Ramadhan Indulgences

I have been a weak, stupidly pathetic old woman this year during Ramadhan, didn’t even try to fast in the first fortnight because the summer daylight […]
December 14, 2011

Pleasing the Old Man

Here goes then, treading tentatively into my first blog. About eating and surviving in this odd household and unpredictable country. What an adventure is this marriage between […]

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