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Black Religious Experiences in Scotland: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Join us for a comparative panel discussion on the lived experiences of Black people of faith in Scotland, with a focus on Christian and Muslim perspectives. Speakers and respondents will be discussing the intersectional problems and challenges facing their respective communities, and how the Scottish Black experience compares with the broader UK context.



Elijah Obinna

Elijah is the minister of Carluke: St. John's Church of Scotland and a Director of Street Level, Scotland. He came from The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), where he was ordained a minister. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, published as "Identity Crises and Indigenous Religious Traditions: Exploring Nigerian-African Christian Societies."


Maryam Yusuf

Maryam is a third-year social anthropology and politics student at the University of Edinburgh. Her interests include contemporary women’s issues and questions of race and racial representation. She has served as the Black and Ethnic Minorities Liberation Officer at EUSA (Edinburgh University Students' Association). Maryam is a Nigerian and has lived in Glasgow, Belfast and Birmingham.


Jessie Fubara-Manuel

Jessie is an alumna of New College, where she received her PhD in World Christianity. Her research interests are faith, gender, HIV, and disability. Jessie’s is currently Assistants’ Coordinator at L'Arche, providing pastoral support for persons with learning disabilities for communities in Edinburgh and the Highlands.


Mustafa Tene Nzokou

Mustafa is the president of the University of Edinburgh Islamic Society (ISoc) and a third-year computer science student. A convert to Islam, Mustafa was born in Cameroon and grew up in Edinburgh.