Rapper Akala visits Forest School

Akala with pupils of Forest School

Akala with pupils of Forest School - Credit: Archant

Forest School in Snaresbrook welcomes innovative speaker, the rapper and poet Akala

Rapper and poet Akala visited Forest School in Snaresbrook on May 19.

Akala, who won Best Hip Hop Act at the 2006 MOBO Awards, visited Forest to speak to sixth formers as part of the latest ‘Look Out’ lecture.

During his talk, Akala discussed a wide-range of issues including imperialism, class and race, Shakespeare and hip-hop. Following his talk, Akala took part in a Q&A session, and extended his stay longer than planned by having lunch with the dixth formers.

Year 13 pupil Haroon Ahmed, 18, who introduced Akala to the School’s Deaton Theatre stage, said: ‘I’ve followed him for a long time. He’s not someone scared to speak honestly or give his opinions. It was refreshing to have him speak at the Look Out lecture and give his views in a different way than we are used to.’

This week’s ‘Look Out’ lecture was the last of the academic year. The lectures are a series of talks which take place fortnightly at Forest and are designed to broaden pupils’ horizons and challenge preconceptions and ideas.

Previous speakers have included Middle East expert Diana Darke, former BBC commentator Alistair Hignell CBE and speaker Shaun Attwood. The lectures will return in September.

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