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We select the top names to watch out for in Irish music, film, sport and more over the next 12 months.

Emma Dabiri Anyone on Twitter looking to have their worldview expanded, challenged and educated should be following Emma Dabiri. She is an Irish-Nigerian author, academic and broadcaste­r, whose interdisci­plinary work spans African studies, history, sociology and the arts. A teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a well-known broadcaste­r in Ireland and the UK, Emma is a regular BBC face. Her writing brilliantl­y blends issues of race, representa­tion, pop culture, history and politics. This talent for identifyin­g fascinatin­g links between history and modern culture fuels her rst book, Don’t Touch My Hair, which will be published by Penguin on May 2. It’s about why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisa­tion. Dabiri’s thesis is that black hairstylin­g can be understood as an allegory for oppression and, ultimately, liberation. Multi-talented and hard-working, Dabiri is currently nishing a PhD in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and lming series four of Britain’s Lost Masterpiec­es.

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