Best 50 Events African Londoners can look forward to in October 2016

As part of Black History Month Special – and because i’m in the mood; attached within this article are 50+ Events spanning from African-themed Poetry, Networking, Art, Training Courses, Workshops and Investment Summits that you may want to check out this month. This month we have networking events, high scale investor workshops, lots of food pop-ups and West African and Sahel musicals to keep you occupied this month. Enquiries on how to be listed should be forwarded to africancultureblog@gmail.com


Our Africa-themed Events are split into the following categories:


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A) Future Generations: Events for Kids and Young People | B) Film Screenings: Black History Month Showcases + Debates | C) Seminars, Debates and Workshops | D) Book Launch | E) Business & Networking | F) Food, Supperclubs & Dining | E) Live Music | F) Art, Fashion and Poetry | G) Community Showcase | H) Outside London


*** FUTURE GENERATION ***


1) DESTINATION AFRICA (AFRICAN LANGUAGE & CULTURAL CLASSES)

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Date: Saturday 1st October (10 Week Course) | Time: 12pm – 3pm | Venue: Forest Hill Pools, London SE23 3HZ | Facebook 1/Destination-Africa-Group | Facebook 2/Listen-Speak-Learn | Twitter@DestAfricaGrp | Phone: 07974 82 93 42 | Emailinfo@listenspeaklearn.com

Boom! Creative Language learning classes for children and teens in Twi, Hausa, Yoruba, Shona and Swahili in South London at discounted prices – Yes!  Destination Africa run tailored Saturday Classes for young children between the ages of 5 – 16 in South East London. They have a vision to connect young Black British sons and daughter with knowledge of their ancestral heritage and creative language sessions make this particular Saturday school a fun and ‘must-try’ experience for parents and young parents with kids in London.  Parents are more than welcome to sit with their kids and meet a very small but growing hub Black parents who homeschool all their children at the classes – I have been truly blessed by attending and seeing our children excel in our languages!  For more info; contact them Mr. Okaw or Abena Richardson via the details above or below.

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2) FRANCOPHONE BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION EVENT

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Date: Sat 8 October | Time: 13:00pm – 16:00pm | Venue: 3 Bradbury Street, N16 8JN Dalston Kingsland, London, N16 8JN | Hosts: Mind Your Language | Facebook: /Worldofmyl | Phone: 020 3022 5572

As Hackney is home to a sizeable group of this community, we have partnered with Hackney Council to host a special event honouring Black History Month. This period provides an opportunity to learn about the history, heritage and achievements within the community. It offers much needed inspiration to the young Black people in our C ity. This event will feature performing arts, culinary offerings, and a youth performance that emphasizes the cultural diversity and depth of this community.

The events include:

  • Hackney French Youth Theatre Performance – Our theatre group is made up of young people from both Francophone and non-Francophone backgrounds in developing their French language skills through theatre.
  • Ziloka Group – Traditional Gwoka Dance from Guadaloupe. This group portrays vibrant dance moves from the French Caribbean.
  • Exotic Crepes with Carole Creperie – The crepes are freshly made and filed with exotic flavours such as mango and passion fruit.
  • Ivorian Art with Moussa Sanogo.
  • Traditional Flute Playing from Bukina Faso with Moustique Pique.

For more info; please click here


3) SIGNS OF ANCIENT AFRICA

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Date: Sat 22 October | Time: 19:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Durning Library, 167 Kennington lane, London, SE11 4HF | Hosts: TallTree | Email: enquiries@talltree.info

TallTree believe that involvement in the arts is invaluable; it gives people the skills and confidence to address other issues within their lives and their community and provide skills and competencies in creativity and discovering knowledge through investigation. They facilitate school pupils with an inspiring educational experience of creating art and broadening their knowledge of history, while celebrating local heritage and cultures. Promote the diversity, creativity and excellence of Multiculturalism in the context of history.

In this Children’s themed event; you will learn about the African symbols known as Adinkra. Discover the Ancient African history that conveys traditional wisdom, aspects of life and the environment. The Adinkra symbols of the Ashanti in Ghana are timeless and still used today on fabric, walls, in pottery, woodcarvings, and logos. Learn their hidden meaning through animation, films, and folktales

Use the textile stamps to create your own designs on a T- shirt or cloth bag for a donation of £1 in the family workshop

For more info; please click here


*** FILM SCREENING ***


4) BHM Screening: Big City Stories: Black London’s Film Heritage

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Date: Tue 25 Oct & Wed 26th October | Time: 19:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Wood Green Central Library, 187-197A High Road Wood Green, London, N22 6XD | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter: @BlackHistStudies | Facebook: black.historystudies | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube: /Black-History-Studies | Linkedin: /in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google +

 

Black History Studies‘ mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves. In this Free Event for Haringey’s Black History Month programme; the screening of ‘Big City Stories‘ by Black History Studies follows the London’s African-Caribbean population through the last century: their changing lives and perceptions as they established their place among London’s diverse cultures and communities. The selection includes images of London’s Black citizens from the very earliest years of cinema, alongside personal perspectives embodied in home movies, footage of key historical moments and fictional representations of Black London’s stories.

For more info; please click here


5) ‘SELMA’ (12) SCREENING & POST-SCREENING Q & A

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Date: Thu 20 October | Time: 19:30pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, London HA5 4EA | Facebook: /HarrowBHM | Twitter: @HarrowBHM | YouTube: /HarrowBHM

Harrow Arts presents in association with Harrow BHM and Harrow Mencap ‘Selma (12) Screening & Post-Screening Q&A’, a Harrow African History Season event.

History consultant Kwaku will facilitate a Q&A drawing upon links and refrence to Britain after the screening of the biopic in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, an effort which culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

For more info; please click here


6) SEIZE THE TIME: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE BLACK PANTHER FOR SELF-DEFENCE (1966-2016)

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Date: Sat 8 October | Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm | Address: Wood Green Central Library, 187-197A High Road, Wood Green  N22 6XD | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter@BlackHistStudies | Facebookblack.historystudies | Insta/BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube/Black-History-Studies | Linkedin/in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google +

To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defence (1966 – 2016), Black History Studies presents a day of film screenings, debate and a Black Cultural Market to celebrate the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defence and asks the question ‘how is the Black Panther Party 10-point programme relevant to the progressive activism of today.

We will be screening the following films Malcolm X El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party’ and Cointelpro 101 with discussion with activists from the UK. 

For more info; please click here


*** SEMINARS, DEBATES & WORKSHOPS ***


7) MANAGING THE QUARTER LIFE CRISIS

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Date: Monday October 3rd | Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm | Venue: The Relay Building, 1st Floor, 114 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7PT | Host: Addo Life and General Assembly | Tickets: here

Most people have heard of a mid-life crisis however, according to research, most 20 and 30 somethings will face a quarter-life crisis. Many plan to have a thriving career, buy a house or settle down by the age of 30. But what do you do when the opposite is true and you find yourself in debt, in a job you’re dissatisfied with/overqualified for or your business idea has not taken off as quickly as you expected, or at all? This event will provide practical tips that will guide you through navigating the prime of your life.

For more information; please click here


8) THE PRACTICE OF RACIAL IDENTITY THEORY & AFRICAN-CENTRED PERSPECTIVE

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Date: Thursday October 13th and Friday October 14th | Time:  09:00am – 4.00pm | Facebook: /FreeMindClinic | Twitter@DrLauraFontaine | Eventbrite: here

To provide public sector workers with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of Racial Identity theory and African-centred perspectives (RIACP).

Suitable for:
Public sectors workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Teachers, Social workers, Youth/Support workers, Nurses, Midwives, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Trainees & Qualified clinicians, CBT Therapists and people who are interested in Black Mental Health.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Understand the evolution, role and impact of low and high racial identity attitudes.
Develop a racial-cultural client-centred focused practice with your service users.
Understand how to identify and challenge certain racial identity attitudes at an individual and client level.
Explain how post-traumatic slave syndrome symptoms, such as internalised racism, can develop as psychological, behavioural or an emotional problem.
To understand how racial identity attitudes impact on everyday interactions and how people navigate their world views.
Identify priorities in charge of racial identity attitudes to achieve ‘optimal’ racial and cultural wellbeing.
Identify the ‘when’ and ‘how to’ supervision opportunities to provide or receive support when working with psycho-racial identity problems.
Enhance the effectiveness and overall performance of your practice in order to work culturally competently with BME groups with mental or common emotional health problems.

For more info; please click here


9) FACTS AND LIES ABOUT AFRICA: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

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Date: Wed 19 October | Time: 18:00pm – 20:00pm | Venue: Boardroom, 1st Floor, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HW | Hosts: Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies | Twitter: @uw_IAS

Africa Check and the Africa Media Centre will debate the continued distortion and misrepresentation of Africa in public debate and the media. The evening is hosted by Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS) and the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and will be held at the University of Westminster’s Regent Campus.

For more info; please click here


10) WOMEN & NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

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Date: Wed 12 October | Time: 12:30 – 14:30pm | Venue: Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA | Hosts: Shades of Noir | Insta: /ShadesOfNoir | Twitter: @ShadesofNoir | Facebook: /ShadesOfNoir

Are women and non-binary folk portrait in black history?Is this representation fair? What does this mean to the mediatisation of black history month?

Black History month is celebrated across the nation. However it seems to mainly focus on historical achievement by male activist. “The most unprivileged person in America is the Black woman”.
For more info; please click here


11) THE BLACK HISTORY OF PRINCE

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Date: Mon 24 October | Time: 18:30pm – 21:00pm | Venue: Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane E11 1HG | HostsBlack History Walks | Facebook: /BlackHistoryWalks | Twitter: @BlackHistWalker

This event will showcase  his activism, consciousness, politics and philanthropy and other information neglected by mainstream media. We will also cover:

  • Is there a war against ‘conscious’ Black artists
  • Worth more dead than alive? Who gets the money?
  • Artists he influenced or mentored
  • Conspiracy theories real or imagined ?

This event is part of the Waltham Forest Black History Month programme curated by Black History Walks. Visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/bhm2016 to find out about other events celebrating Black History Month in Waltham Forest.

For more info; please click here


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Date: Wednesday 26th October | Time: 14:30 – 15:30pm | Venue: Enfield Town Library, 66 Church Street, Enfield EN2 6AX | Hosts: Narrative Eye | Insta: /Narrative_Eye | Twitter: @NarrativeEye | Facebook: /Narrative-Eye

Narrative Eye is an organisation dedicated to promoting equality and social change through education. They are hosting this interactive workshop which explores the achievements of Black Women in Britain and participants will be invited to develop frameworks for utilising this important history in the future.

In Britain the teachings of women in history, particularly Black history, often focuses on American history, ignoring the lives of women of African descent who built communities in 18th century England, who were activists in the British Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, and who held the first major positions in politics.

Participants are encouraged to attend the Achievements of Black Women Lecture on Saturday 22nd October.

For more info; please click here


13) WEST AFRICA IN WORLD WAR I: The Untold Story

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Date: Sat 15 October | Time: 11:00 – 15:00pm | Venue: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Richmond, TW9 4DU | Hosts: African Heritage and Educational Centre & The Great War in Africa Association

The African Heritage and Educational Centre (AHEC) works with people of all ages and all backgrounds to promote a positive image and understanding of African culture and traditions. By helping people to learn about African heritage, and by helping people of African descent to understand the UK’s systems and traditions, AHEC aim to create happier, more integrated communities. In this event; several talks will explore questions such as: How did African soldiers experience the campaign? and What did the war mean for West African societies as a whole? Staff and volunteers of the African Heritage and Education Centre will present an exhibition of their work on their Heritage Lottery funded project on the West African Frontier Force and will be there to discuss the project. The exhibition will be launched by The Ghana High Commission.

For more info; please click here


*** BOOK LAUNCH ***


14) FROM PASTA TO PIGFOOT: SECOND HELPINGS (Author talk by Frances Mensah Williams)

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Date: Sat 8 October | Time: 15:00pm – 16:00pm | Venue: North Kensington Library; 108 Ladbroke Grove, London, W11 1PZ | Host: Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington Libraries | Blog: /RBKCLibraries | Twitter: @RBKCLibraries | Facebook: /RBKCLibraries | Emaillibraries@rbkc.gov.uk

Pasta fanatic Faye Bonsu is back for another adventure in love, life and culture! Second Helpings is the delicious new sequel to From Pasta to Pigfoot and combines all the elements of a contemporary romantic blockbuster with stunning descriptions of Ghana and the day-to-day lives of its young urban professionals in London and Africa.

Ghanaian-born author Frances Mensah Williams will talk about her life, the inspiration behind From Pasta to Pigfoot and discuss the challenges of writing and publishing fiction.

For more info; please click here


15) LAGOS RISING: with publisher Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and crime writer Leye Adenle

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Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Venue: 122 Peckham Hill St, London SE15 5JR | Insta: /CassavaRepublicPress | Twitter: @CassavaRepublic | Facebook: /CassavaRepublic

So this amazing literary event focuses on the work of Cassava Republic Press, the African publishing house which launched in the UK in April 2016 with the aim of “changing the way the world thinks about African writing”.

Founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and  Cassava press author Leye Adenle will talk about Cassava Press’ eclectic list of literary fiction, crime, young adult fiction, children’s books, and romantic fiction which “spotlights the vibrancy and diversity of prose by African writers on the continent and in the diaspora” along with Leye’s new novel Easy Motion Tourist and reflect on the resurgence of crime and thriller writing from Africa.

For more information; please click here


16) MARK NASH – RED AFRICA

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Date: Thu 13 October | Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm | Venue: Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP | Hosts: Calvert 22 FoundationBlack Dog Publishing  | Insta: /Calvert22Foundation | Facebook: /Calvert22 | Twitter: @Calvert_22

Red Africa is the culmination of a two-year research programme and exhibition project at Calvert 22, London, and Iwalewa House, Bayreuth. This traced the work of African artists and filmmakers who studied in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc under free education schemes originally offered under the Third International. Connections were particularly strong with countries such as Mozambique, Ghana, Ethiopia and Angola that were conducting libertarian struggles, or which, post-independence, were part of the Non-Aligned Movement, which held its first Summit conference in Belgrade in 1961.

Red Africa is beautifully illustrated with film stills, artworks and archival images drawing on the extensive research of the contributing artists, researchers and curators.

For more info; please click here


17) CREOLE DAY FESTIVAL

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Date: Sat, October 15 | Time: 2:00 PM – 11:00 | Venue: St Anne’s Catholic Settlement Hall, 42-46 Harleyford Road, London, SE11 5AY | Hosts: Creole It’s Us!

{Caribbean French Creole speaking diaspora in London Event) The 3rd CREOLE DAY FESTIVAL will take place in London @ St Anne’s Hall SE11 5AY. Once again it will be a special celebration of the success and achievement of the Caribbean French Creole speaking diaspora in London. The celebration will be attended by a wide variety of guest speakers, writers, poets, artists, singers, dancers and other talented entertainers.

Three writers will present and sign copies of their new books.

For more info; please click here


*** BUSINESS & NETWORKING ***


18) Cee4Bee Networking Event – Black Africans Connecting 4 Better Life Chances

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Date: Tue 18 October | Time: 18:30pm – 21:30pm | Venue Hotel Novotel Tower Bridge, 27 – 31 Clerkenwell Cl, London EC1R 0AT | Hosts: Connect4Better | Facebook: /Connect4Better |  Twitter: @Cee4BeeUK | Insta: /Cee4BeeUK | Linkedin/Connect4Better

‘Cee4Bee’ is a non-profit initiative implementing intentional practical solutions including but not limited to hosting networking events and awareness campaigns to reduce poverty levels among minority black Africans living in UK. This FREE networking event hopes to bring together givers and receivers for the purpose of improving the life chances of black Africans living in UK. Join givers sharing their stories and giving helpful insights which should hopefully stimulate and encourage someone for success.

For more info; please click here


19) AFRICA EXPO LONDON

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Date: Sat 22 October | Time: 11:00 – 17:30pm | Venue: Islington Assembly Halls, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD | Hosts: The PR Lab | Twitter: @TheAfrica_Expo | Insta: /Africa_Expo

The Africa Expo is a new event for anyone interested in:

– Launching a business in the UK or Africa

– Starting a social enterprise

– Working in Africa

The event will include presentations from expert speakers, Q&A sessions, a panel debate and networking.

Don’t miss out!

Book your ticket- Africa_Expo.eventbrite.co.uk


20) UK HEADS OF MISSION BREAKFAST: Infrastructure and Mining in Africa

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Date: Tue 11 October 2016 | Time: 08:00am – 10:00pm | Venue: Milton Gate 60 Chiswell Street London EC1Y 4AG | Please contact: info@bcafrica.co.uk (to receive your code)

The Business Council for Africa is delighted to be hosting UK Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Senior Department for International Trade and Foreign Office staff from across Africa for a breakfast meeting to discuss the political and economic developments in their region, with particular reference to opportunities in the mining and infrastructure sectors.

For more info; please click here


21) THE 4TH ANNUAL UK -NIGERIA INVESTMENT SUMMIT

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Hosts: London Nigerian Business Forum | Facebook: /NLBForum | Phone: 02072783631 | Emaillondon@nlbforum.co.uk

Now in its 4th year, the summit will bring together policy makers, regulators and C-level representatives from pension funds, asset managers, investment banks, economic development thinkers, lawyers and consultants.

NILOBF will customize an investment conference to showcase bankable projects and opportunities in Nigeria and debate the potential for sustainable growth in Africa, key priority sectors for this summit are: power & energy, agriculture, banking and finance, infrastructure, manufacturing, real estate, transportation, gas, solid minerals, education, communication satellite and ICT, health, construction, retail, mining and tourism.

Split over two days, the summit will help your business to broker deals and investments and plan a long term furture with Africa’s leading economy.

For more info; please click here


22) GHANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UK PRE LAUNCH and NETWORKING EVENT

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Date: Fri 14 October | Time: 18:00pm – 21:30pm | Venue: University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1NF | Hosts: Ghana Chamber of Commerce | Facebook: /Ghana-Chamber-of-Commerce-UK | Twitter: @GhanaChamberUK

The Ghana Chamber Of Commerce UK was created because they believe that they are stronger working collectively rather than operating as islands. Business is one of the main foundations that add to the world’s growing economy and GCUK believe that as Ghanaians in the UK and worldwide they can play an important role in helping to grow the Ghanaian community as a whole; ‘Stronger together’. As a result; the Chamber of Commerce in Ghana is launching its UK arm and we wanted to invite you and your organisation to join us for our 1st ever Pre-Launch Event taking place in London and throughout the North East of England.

Itinerary 

6.00pm 6.30pm meet and greet

6.30pm 6.45pm welcome introduction

6.45pm 7.00pm Introduction to The Ghana Chamber Of Commerce mission and vison in the UK

7.00pm 7.45pm 1st guest speaker Presentation

7.45pm 8.15pm half an hour break and network

8.15pm 9.00pm 2nd guest speaker Presentation

9.00pm 9.15pm Closing Words

9.15pm 10.00 networking

For more info; please click here


23) TOAST 2 YOUNG LONDON

(a Networking Event recognising and promoting young entrepreneurs)

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Date: Thu 27 October 2016 | Time: 18:30pm – 22:30pm | Venue: Nomad Club London, 58 Old St, London EC1V 9AJ | Hosts: Toast2YoungLondon | Facebook: /Toast2YoungLondon | Insta: /toast2younglondon | Twitter@toast2younglndn

Fantastic and Inspiring Event here. Toast2YoungLondon is a networking evening in partnership with LupusUK to motivate those who want to learn or be inspired to start / grow their own businesses. The night will showcase inspirational speakers to share their business stories.

For more info; please click here


24) TIPS AND ADVICE ON MOVING BACK TO NIGERIA

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Date: Thu 6 October 2016 | Time: 18:30 – 21:30 | Venue: DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel, 2 Bridge Place, London SW1V 1QA | HostsMoveBackToNigeria | Facebook: /MBTNGlobal | Twitter: @MBTNGlobal
The MBTN London Professionals mixer is an exclusive monthly event that hosts the highest profile African professionals in London for an evening of networking, music, dancing and making career defining business connections; this networking event usually takes place on the last Friday of every month. We all know that  Moving back to Nigeria requires careful planning and special consideration. Let them help you make the decision with insight, advice, and local expertise that will make your move easy.
For more info; please click here

*** SUPPERCLUBS + FOOD ***


25) LERATO’S WILD AFRICA

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Date: Saturday 15th October | Time: 19:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: Printworks Kitchen, 26 Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4SX | Hosts: Lerato | Insta/Lerato_Tomato | Facebook/LeratoLovesFood | Twitter: @LeratoLondon | Blog: /LeratoLovesFood

Lerato’s African inspired recipes and Supperclubs are growing right here in London – first it was the African Afternoon Tea and now WILD AFRICA. WILD AFRICA is a feast of her ever growing collection of recipes of sumptuous meals reflecting the vibrancy and richness of Africa, with colourful vegetables, bold flavours, and cooked fruits, brought together for a wholesome yet decadent meal. Her dessert of Chocolate Malva Pudding, is created using gourmet cocoa and chocolate by Divine Chocolate, part owned by the Kuapa Kokoo Ghanaian farmer co-op who secure premium prices and welfare of the farmers. Showcasing our own and Supporting our own – Lerato’s delicious recipes get bigger and better and the opportunity to join what could comfortably be labelled as one of London’s most anticipated African Supperclubs should not be missed.

For more info; please click here


26) ONIDODO SUPPER CLUB – SUNDAY EVENING INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL

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Date: Sun 2 October | Time:  18:30 – 22:00pm | Venue: The Joker of Penton Street, 58 Penton St, London N1 9PZ | Hosts: Onidodo Supper Club | Insta: /Onidodo | Twitter: @OnidodoUK | Facebook: /OnidodoUK

Celebrate Nigerian Independence Day with ONIDODO. We know these guys and their food very well on this blog! They’re an amazing family run Supper Club based in London and specialise in Pan African dishes using authentic flavours from West Africa with a European twist. On this Sunday evening; you will experience breathtaking Nigerian dishes being pampered along the way with your plate and tantalise your taste buds offering a very unique dining experience.

A three course meal prepared by Chef Oni with twists and turns at every bite.

A full-service bar will operate at this event with refreshing African beers.

(This is an over 18s event)

For more info; please click here


27) FOOD IS READY: OYA COME CHOP

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Date: Sun 30 October | Time:  18:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: The Clerkenwell Kitchen, 27-31 Clerkenwell Close London EC1R 0AT | Insta/TokubosKitchen | Twitter@TokubosKitchen | Facebook/TokunbosKitchen

Tokunbo’s Kitchen are ready to bless many people in October for real! They are excited to bring you a fun night of delicious home cooked food and putting our own very African spin on the beloved curry in support of the excellent work Find Your Feet undertakes at our #CurryforChange Event. £5 of all ticket sales will be donated to Curry for Change.

SMALL CHOPS

Suya Prawns* (Hot) – Suya is a smoky, peanut spice blend of black and white peppercorns, dried ginger cloves, dried red peppers and salt

Yam, Plantain and Shrimp Balls

Akara – honey bean fritters with mixed peppers and sweet corn (ve)

Served with Ata Din Din – onions, garlic, tomatoes, chilli, ginger and curry powder dip

MAINS

Spicy Coconut Fish Curry

Wana Sweet Potato Veggie Curry

Served with Basmati Rice, Roasted Plantain and Salad

DESSERTS

Tamarind and Molasses-glazed Fruit Kebabs (ve)

Sweet Toasted Coconut (ve)

For more info; please click here


28) INDEPENDENCE GRILL SPECIAL

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Date: Sat 1 October | Time: 14:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Willsden Green (Zone 2) | Facebook: /Nigerian-Express | Phone: 07710 737719

Nky Iweka aka The Executive Mama Put, supported by Akosa Asika & Sam Homer-Williams, changing the way we “eat Nigerian” via fun Gourmet Grill Experiences. Their End of Summer 2016 Independence Grill Special Menu:

  • Beef Suya
  • Chicken Suya
  • Grilled Fish
  • Roast Yam & Ugba Sauce
  • A selection of Grilled Vegetables & Salads

Bring a bottle of what you fancy drinking. Glasses, ice, soft drinks and water will be provided.

FREE PARKING

NOTE: This is a one-off special, early start, early finish.

For more info; please click here


29) AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A LAGOS PARTY

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Date: Sat 1 October | Time: 12:00 – 19:00 | Venue: The Engine Room, Vickers Court, Waterside Way, London N17 9QQ | Insta: /TokubosKitchen | Twitter: @TokubosKitchen | Facebook: /TokunbosKitchen

Tokubos Kitchen are planning a family friendly fun day with interactive workshops including African drumming and dance, for kids and grown up kids alike!

Oya, come chop at Tokunbo’s Kitchen with other food lovers and feast to your heart’s content because no one leaves a Nigerian kitchen without a full stomach and heart.

Here at Tokunbo’s Kitchen, we are about providing food lovers the opportunity to enjoy authentic Nigerian food along with a cultural immersion celebrating the vibrancy and traditions of West African food and culture.

Celebrate Nigeria’s 56th Independence Day at our Oya Come Chop! All You Can Eat Buffet.

For more info; please click here


 *** LIVE MUSIC ***


Feature: PINEAPPLE PUNCH FEST

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Date: Saturday 8th October | Time: 10am – 7pm | Venue: Dugdale Arts Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield, Greater London, EN2 6DS | Email: info@pineapplepunch.co.uk | Insta: /PineapplePunchFest | FB: /PineapplePunchFest

Probably the Best Live Acts Show in October. Join PineapplePunch as this Family festival in Enfield  8th October 2016 celebrating British Black Culture, Arts, Music and History. All are welcome! Do checkout Miss Baby Sol and Kadija Kamara – absolutely sensational artists! Met Miss Baby Sol some days back – a lovely and talented lady indeed. Find out more info on tickets here


30) 50 YEARS ON @TheAfricaCentre

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Date: Thu 6 October | Time: 19:00 – 23:00pm | Venue: Roundhouse,Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH | Hosts: The Africa Centre | Facebook: /Africa.Centre.1

The Africa Centre proudly celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

For 50 years, the Centre has played a unique role in supporting African art, culture, enterprise and education in the UK.

Join us on Thursday 6th October at the Roundhouse for an evening of live music performances accompanied by a delightful cocktail reception.

Enjoy acoustic jazz-folk-soul by London’s very own Bumi Thomas, liven yourself up with Fela Kuti-inspired afrobeats by ‘The Fontanelles’, and finish your evening in style with Anna Mudeka band playing a fusion of music driven from the Mbira music of Zimbabwe.

For more info; please click here


31) UBUNTU SOCIAL & MICHAEL FRANTI

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Date: Thu 20 Oct – Fri 21 Oct | Time: 19:00 – 03:00am | Venue: The Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street, London, W1B 4EZ | Hosts: Ubuntu Education Fund | Insta: /UbuntuFund | Twitter: @UbuntuFund | Facebook: /UbuntuFund | YouTube: /UbuntuFund

Party with a purpose to support the dreams of South Africa’s township toddlers and youth. Join us for an extraordinary celebration at The Cuckoo Club, featuring an acoustic performance by Michael Franti, a musician and humanitarian with a spirited, energetic, and inspiring sound.

All proceeds benefit Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that provides world-class health and education support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

For more info; please click here


32) BURNABOY #HOMECOMING CONCERT

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Date: Sat 1 October | Time: 18:30 – 23:30 | Venue: Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9QH | Hosts: Cokobar | Insta: /CokobarLondon | Twitter: @Cokobar | Facebook: /Cokobar | Phone: 02089531219

Organized and promoted exclusively by Cokobar, this event is set to be more than just a concert. With Burna Boy’s high energetic and riveting performances and sounds which is continuing to innovate the African music scene, this concert is set to be one of the most anticipated concerts of the year.

Continuing its mission to bring fans closer to their favorite artists and creating captivating experiences, Cokobar has been behind some of the best sold out events in the UK including Wizkid at the Eventim Apollo in 2012, Iyanya at Brixton Academy in 2014, and many more.

Info & tickets 02089531219

For more info; please click here


33) Mini Fest: Featuring Laurent & Adeline & Pre Party @ Ta Doce (Angola)

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Date: Sat 8 October | Time: 13:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG | Host: Urban Kiz UK Email: urbankizuk@gmail.com | Insta: /PakassaDJ

Urban Kiz UK are bringing to London for the FIRST TIME, the internationally known, amazingly inspirational dance couple LAURENT & ADELINE 

For this Mini Fest Urban Kiz UK will move the Saturday party to and collaborate with Kizzart & Kizomba Silk to bring you ONE massive party night from 11pm until 6am on Friday 7th October @ Flow Dance.

Pre party classes from 9pm -11pm  

  • Nili (Improvers & Intermediate Urban Kiz) 
  • Adriana Neves (Kizomba), 
  • Bea Kiz (Ladies Styling),

For more info; please click here


34) AFRO ANGELS VIBES PRESENTS: THE NIGERIAN 56 YEAR INDEPENDENCE

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Venue: Kervan Banqueting Suite, 293 Fore Street, London N9 0PD | Hosts: Afro Angel Vibes Twitter: @AfroAngelVibes | Facebook: /AfroAngelVibes | Phone: 07956 282 658 |
Email: info@afronangelvibes.com

Originally hosting popular house parties for the Nigerian community since 2010, we have now begun to create new and unique events, that link together with a common goal ‘Bringing the community closer together’.We have created and been involved in parties in London, and abroad! Our aim has always been to put the fun back into partying, with like minded people, bringing together such crowds that appreciate more than just one type of music, yet still maintaining credibility, and a fantastic atmosphere!

Free parking available,  SIA security on site and Fully Licensed bar

For more info; please click here


*** ART, FASHION & POETRY ***


35) POETIC DYNAMICS

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Date: Monday 3rd October | Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm | Venue: University of the Arts London, London College of Communication, Saint George’s Road, LCC Darkroom | Hosts: PoemsAliveUK

Portraying the various complexities and dimensions of Poetry – POETIC DYNAMICS are on a mission! Join them on their Official Launch of POETIC DYNAMICS. Creating a harbour for people to express themselves freely, whilst providing amazing and thought provoking POETIC CONTENT through the artistic devices of MUSIC, SONG, POETRY, COMEDY, DANCE & More. They are calling on YOU to come down, join in and Speak your Piece. Send in your Open Mic Submissions to Poemsaliveuk@live.co.uk


36) AWKWARD ART HISTORIES: POST – APARTHEID TRAUMA IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Date: Fri 28 October | Time: 19:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, New End Square Hampstead, London, NW3 1LT | Hosts: Burgh House 1704  | Insta: /BurghHouse1704| Facebook: /BurghHouse1704 | Twitter: @BurghHouse1704

Under apartheid, identity was fixed, owned and controlled. Post-apartheid white artists use their art to articulate their confusion regarding that identity, while black artists struggle to gain recognition as international artists. In this talk we explore some of the art that has been produced in the twenty-two years since apartheid officially ended in South Africa and how it articulates these issues of trauma, identity and anxiety.

At this exhibition; Art historian Sue Ecclestone will be giving a series of talks on Awkward Art Histories. Taking subjects not usually discussed in mainstream art history lectures, Sue will lead us through some of the more sensitive subjects of art historical discourse.

For more info; please click here


37) SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL 2016 – WeekPass

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Date: Fri 21 Oct – Sun 30 Oct | Time: 17:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG | Hosts: KAYD Somali Arts and Culture | Twitter: @SomaliWeekFest

Given the importance of artists in Somali public life, Kayd Somali Arts and Culture will explore the theme of leadership and creativity from a range of different angles by inviting some of the most popular and established artists to this year’s Festival. While we have invited several contemporary and more traditional high-profiles guests from the Somali Horn, we also plan to showcase Somali artists who have been born or raised in Europe or North America. Together these different generations and groups of artists have greatly enriched Somali arts. Find out more about London’s Somali Community here

Somali Week Festival is an integral part of Black History Month and offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new. The festival offers a mix of events including poetry, literature, panel discussions, documentary film screenings and music.  Through these different artistic forms, SWF has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognised and anticipated annual event in the UK.

For more info; please click here


38) FORUM LONDON 2016: ARTIST TALK: Michele Mathison with Liese Van Der Watt

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Date: Thu 6 October | Time: 16:30pm – 17:30pm | Venue: 1:54 @ Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN | Hosts: 1: 54 | Insta: /154ArtFair | Facebook: /154ContemporaryAfricanArtFair | Twitter: @154ArtFair

Michele Mathison (artist) in conversation with Liese Van Der Watt (critic). Referencing South African writer Njabulo Ndebele’s injunction to rediscover the power of the ordinary, this conversation will focus on Mathison’s sculptural practice which shows us how the ordinary is intimately connected to and revealing of wider political circuits of labour and cultivation, of power, globalisation and migrancy.

For more info; please click here


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Date: Saturday 15th October | Time: 19:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Melange Hair Salon, 1-3 Blenheim Grove, Peckham SE15 4QW | Insta: /Illuminated_Arts_Peckham | Facebook: /HeritageistheLockCultureistherKey | Twitter: @ArtsIlluminatedEventbrite: here

Illuminated Arts invites you to an exhibition of photographs, art and sculpture inspired by the traditions and symbolism of African hair and its history.  Their communities are engaged with their heritage, see it as a source of love and pride, and are at peace with their history. Come and learn about the significance that hair played and continues to play in social groupings, hierarchy, status and bonding in African societies. Come and discover the cultural importance of braiding, hair as a method of spiritual interaction, and hair as a symbol of rebellion, pride and empowerment. Come and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Africa.

For more info; please click here


40) AFRICAN FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA

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Date: Saturday October 29th | Time: 3pm – 8pm | Venue: St. Andrews church hall corner of Brockley and Wickham roads in Brockley Lewisham SE4 2SA | Insta: /African_Fashion_Extravaganza | Facebook: /Events | Twitter: @DrYehoeshahfaht

Showcasing the creative and attractive best in evolving African Fashion and Culture with international designers, professional and young, budding from the Hebrew Israelite Community of North East Africa. Truly wearing our faces, dignity and personality once again! Setting leading, ascending high cultural bespoke fashion trends in business, leisure, flair designs for the 21st Century and beyond! Enjoy Live DJ + Music, roots food & drink stalls, culture market, an int’l & future designers fashion show. Plus Much Much More!! Sponsored by African Hebrew Israelites.
For more info; please click here

41) MISS FACE OF GHANA UK 2016

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Date: Sat 8 October 2016 | Time: 18:00 – 23:00pm | Venue: GSC Centre, 3rd Floor 777 Old kent road, opposite Toys R us, London SE15 1NZ | Insta: /MissFaceofGhanaUK | Twitter@FaceofGhanaUK | Facebook: /FaceofGhanaUK

 

Miss Face of Ghana UK 2016, A pageant with a real legacy hosted by Ewurama from TV3 Ghana and Deborah Darling, red carpet hosted by Mika Abraham, as well as live performances.

For more info; please click here


42) AFRICAN ROYALTY IN THE LMA COLLECTIONS

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Date: Thursday October 6th | Time: 2pm – 4pm | Venue: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road | Facebook: /LondonMetropolitanArchives | Twitter: @LdnMetArchives | Insta: /LdnMetArchives | Eventrbite: here

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London and this month are presenting ‘African Royalty’. African royalty in their collections include the daughter of Haile Selassie, a mysterious Nigerian princess who trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’s hospital, inauguration photographs of a Liberian Emperor, a visit by a Nigerian Oba to a London school and more.

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43) THE REJUVENATE FASHION SHOW 2016, IN AID OF WELLFOUND

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Date: Sat 8 October 2016 | Time: 18:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane | Hosts: WellFound | Facebook: /WellFound | Twitter: @OpWellFound | (100 percent of proceeds will go directly to WellFound to build a well in Bissunaga, Guinea Bissau, West Africa)

Izzy Meimsaab grew up in India watching her mum do all the creative work and sewing. Later she went to study fashion and was selected to represent India in an international young fashion designer’s contest, held at Beijing China. Hosted by her; Rejuvenate 2016 charity fashion show is a catwalk with a twist. Upcycled and recycled clothing, oozing with inspiration and creativity to suit all females from teenagers to pensioners. Outfits showcased on the day will be available for purchase. If you would like to do so, you can also watch as Izzy transforms old garments in preparation for the show at https://www.youtube.com/user/izziizaiah

For more info; please click here


44) #NIFSUK NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE FASHION SHOW UK 

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Date: Sat 1 October | Time: 18:00 – 22:30pm | Venue: 65 Evelyn Rd, London E16 1TU | Insta: /NigerianIndependanceUK | Facebook: /NigerianIndependanceUK | Twitter: @NIFSuk | Phone: 07442619430 |

Music: Deejay Sean

The official Nigeria Independence Fashion Show UK 2016 takes place in London on Saturday 1st October 2016.

Acts: Nkay ‘Mr Maga’, Lojay, JoZie, Kay Riley #ThatWoman and Lyrical Whiz.

Official Event Partners: Lychee Events, BattaBox, Yemzi Ldn, VMA events cocktails, Rose African Fabrics, Ego Johnson enterprise, MakeUp Ministry, TemiTysKitchen, Nigerian Nurses United UK, Born To Model TV, LEO Management, eMVi Arts and Beauty Whisperer UK.

For more information; please click here


45) WILLIAM TOWNSEND MEMORIAL LECTURE: WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

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Date: Wed 19 October | Time: 18:00pm – 19:30pm | Venue: Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H | Hosts: Slade School of Fine Art | Insta: /SladeSchool | Twitter: @SladeSchool | Facebook: /SladeSchool

This year the Slade is delighted to welcome South African artist William Kentridge as our guest speaker.

William Kentridge is renowned for his animated expressionist drawings and films exploring time, the history of colonialism and the aspirations and failures of revolutionary politics. He currently has a major exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, and has designed the staging for the ENO’s production of Berg’s opera Lulu this autumn.

For more info; please click here


*** COMMUNITY SHOWCASE ***


46) IGBO WOMEN CONFERENCE AND AWARDS GALA 2016

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Date: Sat 8 October | Time: 17:30 – 22:00pm | Venue: The Dream Centre,  Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RY | Hosts: ICSN

The Igbo Women Conference was created to celebrate the achievements of Igbo Women at home and in diaspora.

Igbo Women Award was established with the aim of recognising and also appreciating Igbo women across the globe for their great achievement and work. Igbo women are known for their strength and resilience. They have continued to excel in all areas of life. Focus, drive, determination, ambition, passion, talent are just some of the characteristics that are embedded in this women we have chosen to honour in a celebratory way. This is the maiden edition.

For more info; please click here


47) CONGOLESE COMMUNITY MEETING

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Date: Wed 5 October 2016 | Time: 18:00pm – 20:30pm | Venue: Merci Marie, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston | Hosts: Save the Congo | Insta: /SavetheCongo | Facebook: /SavetheCongo | Twitter: @SavetheCongo

Save the Congo! is a non-political and not-for-profit campaigning agency working to raise awareness of, and to help end, the wars and human tragedy engulfing the Congo. Save the Congo! was founded in 2008 by Vava Tampa (@VavaTampa) and receives no funding from any government and all of its activities are founded by its own staff, supporters and donations from good-willed individuals. In this event; debates and discussions will take place on how together British Congolese and friends of the Congolese Community can better and support the community here in the UK; and what we can do from this side of the world to support the efforts of our sisters and brothers in Kinshasa and across Congo fighting to stop Kabila’s regime from clinging on power.

 

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48) AN EVENING WITH THE NIGERIA NURSES CHARITABLE ASSOCIATION UK

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Date: Sat 15 October | Time: 17:00 – 23:30pm | Venue: 805 Old Kent Rd, London SE15 1NX | Hosts: NNCAUK | Facebook: /NNCAuk

This British-Nigerian Network exists to share knowledge and experience and to make impact and influence policies both in the UK and Nigeria healthcare.

Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK is a non-profit organisation incorporated in January 1998 in the UK. The Association represents approximately 3,000 Nigerian nurses and intends to establish chapters nationwide. Our mission is to provide a forum for collective action by Nigerian nurses to “investigate, define and determine issues affecting its members with a view to implement change to alleviate and improve living and working standards amongst members.”

For more info; please click here


49) EBONYI STATE UNION UK & IRELAND

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Date: Sat, October 22, 2016 | Time:  4:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Venue: St Edmonds Church Hall, 115 Hertford Road, London N9 7EN | Hosts: Ebonyi State Union UK | Facebook: /ESUI

Ebonyi State Union UK and Ireland (ESU) will be hosting its 20 year Celebration Anniversary and the 1st Ebonyi International Day on Saturday 22nd October 2016. The event coincides with the 20th year since the creation of Ebonyi State in Nigeria.

Although Ebonyi state is one of the youngest states in Nigeria, the Union here in the UK has been very dynamic, engaging and forward thinking in its approach to development and expansion. The Union has worked hard from.

For more info; please click here


50) INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S INITIATIVE GALA

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Date: Fri 28 October | Time: 18:00 – 23:00 | Venue: 133 – 135 Bethnal Green Road London E2 7DG | Hosts: International Womens Initiative | Twitter: @IWinitiative | Facebook: /InternationalWomensInitiative | Linkedin: /International-Womens-Initiative

This is an evening of great speakers, drinks, music and networking to support the efforts of the International Womens Initiative to bring attention to women’s human rights globally, and specifically our flagship project the Safe Birthing Programme (SBP) (http://bit.ly/2a4KWLy). IWI are launching the SBP to help reduce the maternal death rate in Northern Uganda. Each birthing kit they provide to local health centres costs just under £1 to put together but this small amount of money can mean the difference between life and death for mothers and their newborns. Each ticket purchased for the event means many more birthing kits we’re able to provide to Ugandan community health centres!

For more info; please click here


51) NDC ASSOCIATION Black History Month

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Date: Saturday 8th October | Time: 1.30pm to 6pm | Venue: House On the Rock 49 Tufnell Park, N7 0PS | Hosts: NDCAssociation | Twitter: @NDCconnection | Phone: 07956407448

JOIN NDCASSOCIATION CIC TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH ON Saturday 8th of October 2016 at House On the Rock 49 Tufnell Park London N7 0PS Time 1.30pm to 6pm.

This event aims to offer advice and opportunities to black and ethnic minorities young adults and women from marginalised background in the UK, and Developing Countries.  Tailored intervention programs structured to help raise the achievement of Youths and Women to become effective citizens. we run courses in jewellery designing, arts and craft, and African Sports promoting health and well being.

For more info; please click here


*** OUTSIDE LONDON (BUT STILL) ***


52) Race in the Media: on the front lines

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Date: Wed 19 October | Time: 18:00 – 19:30 | Venue: TC001, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ | Hosts: University of Gloucestershire

Seyi Rhodes, reporter for Channel 4’s critically-acclaimed series ‘Unreported World’ and ‘Dispatches’, presents this special event with extracts from his television work as part of Black History Month. Originally from South London, Seyi spent parts of his childhood living in Nigeria and Spain – he went to school in Bath and university in Bristol. He has worked in TV for more than a decade, reporting from danger zones all over the world, from favelas in Brazil and Guatemala to war zones in Ivory Coast and Libya. He has won a mental health media award and been nominated for an Amnesty Award.

For more info; please click here


53) AS I OPEN MY EYES – CAMBRIDGE (Cambridge African Film Festival)

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Date: Thursday October 27 | Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Venue: The Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College, Cambridge CB2 3AP | Twitter: @AfriCambridge | Facebook: /CambridgeAfricaFilmFestival

(CAFF) is the longest-running annual African film festival in the UK. Since 2002.

As I Open My Eyes (French: À peine j’ouvre les yeux) is a 2015 French-Tunisian drama film directed by Leyla Bouzid, her first feature film. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Baya Medhaffar stars as a teenage rock singer.

This film screening comprises the final film event of the 2016 Cambridge African Film Festival and will be followed by a Closing Party to which all audience members are welcome.

For more info; please click here


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