Ian Roberts was born in England, but he prefers to identify with Ghana and Ghanians. So, he changed his name to Kwame Kwei-Armah. Now he will be able to blame us English for not spelling or pronouncing his foreign name properly! Unfortunately (for England), there are simply too many living here who like Kwame Kwei-Armah, do not identify with her (us), and that’s not healthy for a nation.
Kwei-Armah has been living in America. So, with his anti-English outlook, it is to be hoped that he remains there . . . for a very long time at least . . . unless he changes his attitude.
As Michael Billington wrote when reviewing Kwei-Armah’s drama ‘Statement of regret’ for the Guardian, ” . . . the big question is how one reconciles the need to understand the past without being submerged by it. Kwei-Armah seems to have no very clear answer”. The first thing he might care to try is accepting responsibility for himself whatever injustices, perceived or otherwise, he feels have been meted out to him.