"People wear nobility like a fixed smile at a time like this."

The Rage of Citizen Agbetu, African Writing Online.

Toyin Agbetu is a pan-African activist who disrupted a service held at Westminister Abbey in 2007 to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain and its empire. Although his action was largely condemned, it raises important questions about the gentrification of commemoration and the social impact of theĀ self-congratulatory narrative of British civilisation that emerged during the bicentenary celebrations.