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K.N. Chimbiri, Author, Secrets of the Afro Comb, 6,000 Years of Art and Culture

K.N. Chimbiri is the self-published author of three books: Secrets of the Afro Comb,6,000 Years of Art and Culture, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt, and Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush.

Motivated by a desire to help improve children's literacy as well as their knowledge of history, Kandace founded her small publishing house Golden Destiny Ltd in 2009.  Golden Destiny specialises in non-fiction titles for children, in particular Black history before mass enslavement. 

Kandace’s self-published books led directly to working with museums on exhibitions.  She has worked with the V&A on Contemporary Kushite Kings and Queens (part of the Staying Power project in 2011), the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on the Origins of the Afro Comb (2013) and with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on the Fusion of Worlds (2014).

She has given talks for adults and for children on African history as well as tours on African Artefacts in the British Museum, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the V&A.

Her talks and workshops for adults include:

  •         Ancient Warrior Queens of the Sudan (for Black History Walks)
  •         Nefertiti: a Black icon?
  •         African Artefacts in European Museums
  •         Hairstyles of the Ancient Egyptians
  •         Ancient Egyptian Combs and African Hair
  •         Female Rulers of the Ancient Nile Valley

Her talks, museum trails and workshops for children include Great Lives of Ancient Africa (museum mystery hunt), 6,000 years of African combs, Why doesn’t everyone have African hair? and Kushite crowns. She has also delivered Black history sessions for children at the Barbados Museum (2012).

She appeared in the documentary, Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Ancient Nile Valley.

Other publications:

K.N. Chimbiri. “The ancient Kushite city of Meroë. “ Stevenson, A. (ed.) (2015) The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections. London: UCL Press.

Kandace was born in London, England in 1968 to parents from Barbados.

The Story of Early Ancient EgyptFront cover Step Back in Time to Ancient KushFront cover Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush

Tour African Artefacts in European Museum