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Taking Up Space

Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Taking Up Space, by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi. A groundbreaking exploration of the problems of diversity in education, by two extremely talented young graduates.

As a minority in a predominantly white institution, taking up space is an act of resistance. And in higher education, feeling like you constantly have to justify your existence within institutions that weren't made for you is an ongoing struggle for many people. 

Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, two recent Cambridge graduates, wrote Taking Up Space as a guide and a manifesto for change: tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism and life before and after university. 

Featuring honest conversations with students past and present, Taking Up Space goes beyond the buzzwords of diversity and inclusion and explores what those words truly mean for young black girls today.

©2019 Ore Ogunbiyi and Chelsea Kwakye (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Nkechi O.
  • 24-07-19

The book I needed when I was in University in England

I haven’t even finished this book but I already love it. This is the book I needed when I was in university in the UK. This is a book I need now as I work in a place where I am a minority. Proud of the authors. Can’t wait to read more. I love the narration as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-20

invaluable

I wish that my daughter had read this before going to university.
Every 16 year old POC should read this 👏🏾

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-20

Must read for all black girls

This book is so relatable. It empowered in so many ways. It validated my struggles in white spaces and gave me strength to go on. Thank you authors for writting this book. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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  • Queen Adeola
  • 27-04-20

Amazing!

A must read for all. Loved it!
One to save for generations to come.
Thank you so much to the authors for choosing to address the issues discussed in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-19

So short! When's the sequel?

Fantastic and easy listen but almost spit out my tea when it finished. The entire book felt like an intro to me and I expected a lot more depth, anecdotes and analysis. However, it's still an important read and addresses issues which even NBPOC are not fully aware of.

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  • little_misschatterbox
  • 14-10-19

What I wish I had known before going to University

Where was this book 12 years go?! Had I been armed with these voices and views before I went to university or even before making the choice to go to university, I am almost certain my life would playout as a different story.
Essential reading for young black women in the UK!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-19

amazing read

powerful book and very relevant to university and workplace experiences, I am looking forward to seeing how these young women change the world

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  • Amaka Maduako
  • 29-08-19

Excellence

A must for anyone who values the black female voice. I think people of all ages can learn from the experiences of those in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Amazing

Absolutely must read- listened in one session!
Wonderfully and articulately written
5 stars! Get it now

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  • sikhangezile ncube
  • 09-07-19

Heart warning

The book that I wish I read before I started uni. Every black girl needs to read this is very relevant and eye opening. Thank you girls for writing this because for me it was a love letter that I have been waiting to read from our adolescent community!

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  • R. Young
  • 08-07-19

Best audiobook of the year!

I have so much praise for this book. I cannot fit it in 15 words.