Author, activist and UK hip hop legend Akala is heading to Kingston as part of Black History Month this Thursday (October 3).

The critically-acclaimed artist will give a talk at the Kingston Student Union as part of the nationwide focus on the history and cultures of Black British communities.

The discussion is titled "The Power of Education" and is timed to mark the early days of the newest students and the new term at Kingston University (KU).

A spokesperson for KU Students Union said:

"We're launching Black History Month with a talk by Akala, titled, 'the Power of Education'.

"Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur as well as the co-founder of the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company.

"Don't miss out on an evening of inspiration and motivation as you embark on your year at Kingston."

Akala garnered plaudits for his acerbic, politically spiced rap, and has since expanded his contributions to the zeigeist through his writing and historiography.

His debut book, the semi-autobiographical 'Natives — Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire' (2018), won widespread critical acclaim for its analysis of the racist and socially destructive legacy British Empire both at home and abroad.

Akala's talk on The Power of Education is taking place at 6pm in the Jaqueline Wilson Lecture Hall, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston.

Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door or via the website.