Interrobang Itinerary: Santilla Chingaipe

We asked some Wheeler Centre regulars to tell us what they're most excited about seeing at The Interrobang, our festival of questions. Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist for SBS World News, and host of Africa Talks.

I’m excited about this festival because it appeals to my constant state of being – I'm always asking questions. From the big and seemingly unanswerable to the, ‘Yeah, why is that like that?’ type of question – it’s never-ending, and you learn really quickly just how little you know.

1. Mary Kostakidis and Yanis Varoufakis: Why marry capitalism with democracy?

(Saturday 28 November, 11.00am)

Yanis Varoufakis was catapulted to the world stage this year during a brief stint as Greece's Finance Minister at a crucial point in the country's economic crisis. I, like many others, became fascinated by his politics. With his divisive views, regular tweeting and blogging, fabulous fashion taste and appearances in glossy magazines – Varoufakis is not your average politician and he's not one to sit silently. I’m sure he won’t be holding back his views on a lot of topics during this talk.  

2. Adam Liaw: What is the difference between muffins and cupcakes? 

(Saturday 28 November, 10.00am)

Like many Melburnians, I’m a sucker for the latest food trends and really want to know: what is the difference between muffins and cupcakes?

3. Upulie Divisekera: How does the world end? 

(Saturday 28 November, 4.00pm)

I’m intrigued by the universe, what happened before we existed as humans and what happens after. I'm keen to hear some of the theories about what happens after – beyond what Google seems to think.

4. Alan Duffy: Does the universe have a memory? 

(Saturday 28 November, 5.00pm)

I’m excited to hear the theories on universal memory, to find out if such a thing exists and to hear about ‘invisible’ parts of the universe. I just hope my brain doesn’t explode after all of this.

Portrait of Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist and filmmaker whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. She is a regular contributor to the Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR). 

Chingaipe wrote and directed the documentary series Third Culture Kids for the ABC. Other credits include the short documentary Black As Me.

Her first book of non-fiction detailing the stories of convicts of African descent transported to the Australian penal colonies, is forthcoming with Picador in 2021.

The recipient of several awards, Chingaipe was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019.