Month: October 2016

5 African Supper clubs & Food Pop-ups to checkout in November 2016

Food Glorious Food! Either there has always been a community African Food Lovers and Chefs who have been humbly hosting people at their houses unnoticed; 0r 2016 has just been the year where they’ve all suddenly popped up. Something tells me it’s the former.


***Checkout: YinxTasty ***

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Insta: /YinxTasty | Twitter: @YinxTasty | YouTube: /YinxFoodFestival

Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Conferences, Events and more can all be catered for to superb standard by Ms. Yinka Tasty. Privileged to have met this driven and inspiring woman via @toast2youngLDN’s event in late 2016. Yinka is focused and knows that h=she has been called to serve people with smiles and satisfied stomachs with her culinary gift. The passionate and humbly hardworking Afro-Sous Pro has been cooking since the age of 7! The Multi-talented and seasoned Chef is a specialist at Pan-African Dishes, A lover of Homemade African-inspired food and has an eye for detail. Find out more via her YinxTasty Food Festival event here.


Many are still unaware of the humble Gambian, Ghanaian and Nigerian Food Joints and Supperclubs that can be found in London; but according to my research alone; there are over 40 African Supperclubs (not restaurants or Food pop-ups) running in London each month; hence this write up. East African, North African and South African-inspired cuisine have made this list; including a special feature of YinxTasty who can cater to your event with superb African Food! Let’s do this!


1) NIGERIAN FUSION FOOD TOUR WITH CHEF IMOTEDA

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Date: Sun 6 November |  Time: 17:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: London Cooking Project, Ethelburga Street, London SW11 4AG | HostHeels in the Kitchen | Insta/hitkitchenNG | Twitter@hitkitchenNG | FB/hitKitchenNG | RSVPhere

Fantastic Surprise that Heels in the Kitchen makes a debut in London. The first of it’s kind, the Nigerian Fusion Food Tour presented by Heels in the Kitchen was created with the aim of exporting Nigerian food to a larger crowd. By taking some of our everyday food elements and tweaking them, we hope to raise them to a fine dining standard that not only makes them easier for a non-Nigerian palate to understand but also shows the versatility of our Nigerian ingredients. Basically Chef Imoteda is  turning Nigerian food into Mede-Mede!

For more info about this event – please click here


2) CHAM CHAM (A SIERRA LEONEAN & LIBERIAN SUPPER CLUB)

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 Date: Friday 25th November | Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm | Venue: Bijou Flat, Mile End | Host: Nim’s Din | Insta: /NimsDin | Twitter: @NimsDin | FB: /Nims-Din

Cham Cham supper club gives guests the opportunity to taste a variety of delicious food and drinks from the West African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone (some dishes have a little Nim’s Din. twist on them!)

You’ll have the opportunity to discover how the dishes are prepared, the meaning behind the name of the dishes and the tradition around when and why some dishes are served at a meal or gathering in Salone and Liberia.

“And you get to meet the legendary Mama Saga! Nims”

For more info about this event – please click here


*** Feature: SOUTH AFRICAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON & MERLOT – LONDON BRIDGE ***

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Date: Monday November 21st | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: Vivat Bacchus, 4 Hay’s Lane, London Bridge SE1 2HB | HostsVivat Bacchus | FB: /VivatBacchus | Twitter@Vivat_Bacchus | Insta/VivatBacchus

The Vivat Bacchus restaurants, established in Farringdon in 2003 and London Bridge in 2008, are a celebration of rustic, robust food, artisan cheeses and great wines. South African in origin, they are known for the range and quality of our wines, our memorably stocked cheese rooms and a menu using daily sourced, quality seasonal ingredients from highly regarded producers. We feature rare breed meats, grilled to perfection. Come and see their famous big-Bertha charcoal oven at Farringdon! Checkout their South African ‘Wine and Dine’ experience this November

Big, bold reds; elegance & finesse; these grapes have everything to offer.

For more info about this event – please click here


3) SOUL.FULL SUPPER CLUB

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Date: Thu 24 November | Time: 19:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Bethnal Green, Gathorne street, London E20 1FT | HostsCake & Cucumber | Insta/Cake_Cucumber | FB: /Cake.Cucumber | Emailinfo@cakeandcucumber.com | Phone: 07814 372872 | RSVP: here

Soul.Full Supper Club, brought to you by Cake + Cucumber, is an event for women that harmonises belly, body and being through the fusion of mindful dining and yoga.
Alongside Pennie Ludlow Yoga, the evening invites you to come as you are, reconnect to simply ‘being’ and begin to unearth your inner calm through a juicy and revitalising candle lit yoga practice.  You will then be welcomed into your dining experience, relishing in a scrumptious  two course meal featuring hearty, whole-foods sharing platters influenced by the aromas and flavours of North and East Africa. The fabulous finale will be a naturally sweet and decadent dessert.
For more info about this event – please click here

4) JASON’S LITTLE KITCHEN: SUPPERCLUB DINNER – 5.11.16

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Date: Sat 5th November | Time: 18:00pm – 21:00pm | Venue: The Clerkenwell Kitchen, 27 – 31 Clerkenwell Close,  London EC1R 0AT | HostsJason’s Little Kitchen | Insta/JasonsLittleKitchen | FB/JasonsLittleKitchen | Twitter@jslittlekitchen | RSVPhere

It’s not the first time we’re writing about Jason’s Little Kitchen here, they were featured in our Best 20 Ghanaian Supperclubs & Food Popups in London some months back and have only been making great strides ever since. On this Bonfire Night Special; join them for a 4 course meal where we will experience the fine flavours of West African cuisine. Serving West African cuisine with a modern touch I have carefully obtained quality produce which have all been selected to bring out the finest flavours for my meals.

For more info about this event – please click here


5) TALES UNDER A MOONLIGHT

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Date: Sat 5 November | Time: 19:00 – 23:00 | Venue:  Willesden Green (Zone 2) London, NW10 | Hosts: Nigerian Express | RSVP: here

For their November event, Nigerian Express are drawing inspiration from our childhood memories of visiting our villages: star-lit nights, there was always an aunty with stories to tell under the moonlight. They plan on gathering around a fire, telling stories, singing, eating and generally having fun (as always). Menu includes:

  • Beef Suya
  • Chicken Pepper Soup
  • Nkwobi
  • ‘Native’ Jollof
  • Roast Yam & Ugba Sauce
  • A selection of Grilled Vegetables
  • Mulled Zobo

For more info about this event – please click here


*** If your in Brighton ***


LERATO’S WILD AFRICA SUPPERCLUB ON THE BRIGHTON SEAFRONT

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The only thing that’s certain with Lerato’s exquisitely designed menu apart from good food is a sold out Food joint – so do book fast. 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. The eco-friendly and fair-trade pro uses cocoa from cooperatives like the Kuapa Kokoo Ghanaian farmer co-op who secure premium prices and welfare of the farmers – #GoodWoman! We’ve been following Lerato’s London Supperclub Tour for a while – and be expecting big things from her next year!


Best 50+ Events African Londoners can look forward to in November 2016

After the Black History Month Feature did really well; it seems that this article might as well become a monthly spin. Business Council of Africa, Black Cultural Archives and African Cusines Galore are some of the key Event Themes this month; along with Wine Tasting, Black History Film Screenings and Debates – and even African Language Meetups. There must surely be something for everyone.

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So if you’re looking for what has just been mentioned and/or African-focused workshops and Investment Summits – this is a read for you. Enquiries on how to be listed should be forwarded to africancultureblog@gmail.com. Let’s do this!


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1) DESTINATION AFRICA (AFRICAN LANGUAGE & CULTURAL CLASSES)

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Date: Saturday 1st October (every Saturday) | 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 | Email: info@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. Ekoe or Abena Richardson via the details above or below.

For more info; please click here


2) AFRICAN LANGUAGES MEETUP GROUPS & CONVERSATION CLASSES

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Many Londoners aren’t aware you can learn African languages in London but you can! Whether it’s Lingala, Twi, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, isiZulu, Somali, Tigrinya and Aramaic; there is something for you. African Languages Matter have an excellent London guide of African Language Tutors and Teachers that you can get in touch with to get the mother tongue rolling – even Lingala, Bambara and Afrikaans. Furthermore, Meetup.com has some trendy and in demand language groups as listed below:

SWAHILI MEETUP GROUP (SUNDAYS)

Many aren’t aware that you can learn African languages in London – but you can. It starts with the Swahili Meetup Group which meet on Sundays

HAUSA MEETUP GROUP (THURSDAYS)

Meet Malam Akpor in this very interesting meetup group. If you’re either intermediate or complete beginner in Hausa; checkout this fortnightly meetup group in central London – see you there!  learner/teacher and a great

YORUBA MEETUP GROUP (SATURDAYS)

These guys meet every week on Saturdays until April 2017. Well Done!


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3) ADINKRAHENE CAREERS DAY AT THE CROYDON SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATION PROJECT

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Date: Sat 12 November | Tine: 10:00am – 14:00pm | Venue: Croydon Supplementary Education Project, Sydenham Road, Croydon CR0 2EF | Hosts: Croydon Supplementary Education Project | FB: /Croydon-Supplementary-Education-Project | Insta: /CSEP_Careers | Twitter: @CSEP_Careers | RSVP: here

“Adinkrahene”, chief of the West African Adinkra symbols, advocates the values of greatness, charisma and leadership. In keeping with these traditional West African values, the Croydon Supplementary Education Project (CSEP) warmly welcomes you to its first annual careers day, The Adinkrahene African Careers Day, on Saturday 12th November 2016, from 10am-2pm.

The Adinkrahene African Careers Day is aimed at all parents, students and young people between the ages of 7-16 who are thinking to progress onto further and higher education, and/or are looking to start their own businesses in the future.

The day is designed to equip students of African descent with the insight, knowledge and skills that they will need later on in their academic and professional careers, and it aims to do so through a variety of forms, including presentations, workshops, networking sessions, and panel discussions.

For more info about this event – please click here


4) AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUMMING FOR CHILDREN

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Date: Tuesday November 1 | Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Venue: Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow E17 6DS | Hosts: Mbilla Arts | Insta: /Mbilla_Arts | FB: /MbillaArts | Twitter: @Mbilla_Arts | Phone: 07535 326157 | YouTube: /MbillaArts

A fun and engaging drop in dance class for children of all ages. Children will learn songs, rhythms and dances from Gambia, Senegal and Guinea. Sessions led by Gambian drummer Seneke Sillah and Chantelle Michaux (pictured above) who has over 15 years’ experience teaching African dance to children in schools and community settings across East London. All workshop leaders are DBS checked.  All drums provided.  Participants will be given opportunities to take part in community performances. Sessions cost £3.00 per session and are payable 4 weekly in advance. Sessions operate during term time only.  First session taster offered free of charge.

For more info about this event about this event – please click here


5) ‘THINK HOME TALKS’ : CHANGING AFRICA – IDEAS THAT INSPIRE

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DateWednesday 9th November | Time: 18:00pm to 21:00pm | Venue: Brunei Gallery SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG Russell Square | FB: /ThinkHomeInitiative

The Think Home Initiative is a youth focused organisation that seeks to create awareness among the African youth in the Diaspora by:

Encouraging them to take greater interest in African affairs | Teaching them how to make an impact on the African economy whilst living abroad | Teaching them how to plan a successful relocation to Africa | Informing them of vast opportunities in the African economy | Informing them about career opportunities in Africa | Advocating mentorship of young diasporans by established professionals in Africa | Creating and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

‘Think Home Talks’ is an event that seeks to create awareness of the ingenuity of the African youth. At the talk, some of the most intelligent and vibrant Africans making waves across the globe will share their experiences and secrets of their success with the audience. Think Home Talk is devoted to sharing ideas usually in the form of short (15 minutes) and powerful talks. We are part of a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of Africa. We believe passionately in the power of ideas and knowledge to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the continent of Africa.

For more info about this event – please click here


*** STRICTLY FILM & DEBATES ***


6) PRESSURE (1975) SCREENING + DISCUSSION

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Date: Mon 7 November | Time: 18:30 – 21:00pm | Venue: Brunei Gallery SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Room b104, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG | Host: AfroDNA | Insta: /AfroDNA | Twitter: @AfroDNA | FB: /AfroDNA | RSVP: here

Horace Ove is the first Black British film maker to direct a feature length film, Pressure. Touching on black british activism in the form of The Black Panther Party in the UK, as well as, institutional racism in employment, and law enforcement, we will discuss how far the black british experience has progressed since Ove’s portrayal of it in the 1970s. AfroDNA are looking forward to seeing you there and hearing your ideas.

(Refreshments provided. Kindly Donate to AfroDNA and help us put on more events)

For more information about this even; please click here


7) BLACK FRIDAY – BLACK HISTORY STUDIES

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Date: Friday 11th November | Time: 19:30 – 22:30pm | Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX | RSVPhere | HostsBernie Grant Art Centre FB/BernieGrantCentre | Twitter@BGACentre | YouTube/BGAC

In the documentary Black Friday, “What Legacy Will You Leave” Ric Mathis examines the Economic Psychology of African Americans spending habits and the importance of leaving a Legacy. The documentary, Black Friday, takes an in depth look into the spending habits of African-Americans in America. The film chronicles the financial mis-education of many African-Americans and explores the economic pitfalls that continue to derail the progress of the community-at-large. In an effort to heighten the economic awareness and financial responsibility in the community, the film, Black Friday, presents solutions on how to better manage the 1.2 Trillion dollars that leaves African-American communities annually. In addition, the film champions the importance of leaving a financial and ethical legacy for the next generation.

For more info about this event – please click here


8) FILM AFRICA 2016 DINE & VIEW: CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN

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Date: Sat 5 November | Time: 19:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London N15 4RX | HostsFilm AfricaFB/FilmAfricaUK | Twitter@FilmAfrica | Insta/FilmAfrica | RSVP: here

When her baby is born with disabilities, Essuman is told that she has a ‘dirty womb’. Her partner swiftly leaves, shattering her plans for family life and a good place in rural Ghanaian society. Community superstition grows, with whispers of the child’s deformities being the work of the devil. When Essuman can’t find a cure, her desperation mounts, testing her motherly love. Beautifully shot with a stunning central performance from Rukiyat Masud, Priscilla Anany’s debut is a powerful yet subtle story of female empowerment.

For more information about this even; please click here


*** DIGITAL MEDIA, ART & PHOTOGRAPHY ***


9) VISION, VOICE & POWER – BLACK WOMEN ARTISTS IN BRITAIN

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Date: Thursday 10 November | Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm | Venue: Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1EF London | Hosts: Black Cultural Archives | FB: /BCAheritage | Twitter: @BCAheritage | RSVP: here

Black women artists in Britain have played a significant role in the vitality of contemporary British art, yet how many of us can say that we have seen their work or engaged with their visions? Makeda Coaston, exhibition co-curator for No Colour Bar: Black British Arts in Action 1960-1990, will facilitate an interactive evening featuring a presentation by artist and curator Marleen Smith. Narrating the struggles for visibility and resilience, Smith will discuss key works by Black women artists from the 1980’s to present times, highlighting artistic work and themes that continue to provoke, challenge, and uplift womanist dialogues. Special guest artists, Claudette Johnson and Sokari Douglas Camp, will be featured to share perspectives and insights from their artistic journeys.

For more information about this even; please click here


10) BLACK BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Date: Tue 29 November | Time: 14:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew TW9 4DU | Hosts: National Archives Black British History | FB: /TheNationalArchives | Twitter: @UKNatArchives | RSVP: here

In this workshop, you will explore a range of original documents we hold relating to black British history.

We will be reflecting specifically on a series of key moments, including the 1919 race riots that occurred in the wake of the First World War, the docking of the Empire Windrush in 1948, and the founding of the Notting Hill Carnival.

You will also find out about some of the lead campaigners in the early struggle for black British civil rights.

For more events relating to black British history, please visit: nationalarchives.gov.uk/black-history

For more information about this even; please click here


 11) DEMOCRACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: HOW GHANA IS PREPARING TO DELIVER THE 2016 ELECTIONS

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Date: Wednesday 2nd November | Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm | Venue: Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, Senate House, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG | Hosts: Royal African Society | RSVP: here

Speaker: Mrs. Charlotte Osei (Chair of Ghana’s Electoral Commission) and Chair: Dr Michael Amoah (Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, University of London)

For more information about this even; please click here


***  SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS & ARCHIVES***


12) NO COLOUR BAR – CONNECTING BLACK ARCHIVES AND BLACK BOOKSHOPS

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Date:  Sat 5 November | Time: 14:30 – 15:45pm | Venue: Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ | Hosts: No Colour Bar | Twitter: @NoColourBar | FB: /No-Colour-Bar | Insta: /NoColourBar | RSVP: here

Join Dr Michael McMillan to explore radical bookshops through Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, Walter Rodney Bookshop and Centerprise. Dr Michael McMillan is a British playwright, artist/curator and educator, born in England to parents who were migrants from St Vincent and the Grenadines. He worked at Centerprise in Hackney during the 1980s and is the author of several plays, and as an artist is best known for his first installation, The West Indian Front Room, which was exhibited with great success in 2005, attracting more than 35,000 visitors in its initial outing at the Geffrye Museum, and going on to inspire a BBC Four documentary Tales from the Front Room (2007).

This event is a partnership between Friends of Huntley Archives at LMA and Hackney Museum. For more events during Black History Month at Hackney Museum visit www.hackney.gov.uk/museum

For more info about this event – please click here


 13) WHITE CANNIBALISM IN THE SLAVE TRADE: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE SCHOONER ‘ARROGANTE’ 

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Date: Wednesday 9th November | Time: 17:30 – 19:00pm | Venue: UCL Institute of the Americas, Lecture Room 103, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN | Hosts: UCLA Americas | FB/UCLAmericas  | Twitter: @UCLAmericas | RSVP: here

Okay so the UCL Institute of the Americas promotes, coordinates and provides a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas. In November this very interesting and poignantly titled event examines the credibility of historians who currently claim that the atrocities committed by the slavers were more common than what we have thought thus far. It also raises the question of why the slavers would sacrifice whom they hoped to sell upon their arrival in Cuba. This case also highlights the questionable impartiality of Jamaican magistrates, courts and authorities at the time that coincided with the final emancipation of the slaves in the British West Indies, and the paper discusses the weight and credibility given to testimonies received from African slaves, most of whom in this case were children.

For more info about this event – please click here


14) AFRUCA WORKSHOP: MENTAL HEALTH & AFRICAN CHILDREN

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Venue: NCVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL | Hosts: Afruca | FB: /AfricansUnitedAgainstChildAbuse | Twitter: @Afruca

This series of workshops (London 25 November 2016; Manchester 24 March 2017) will focus on the mental health impact of child abuse and exploitation linked to cultural and religious practices amongst Black African children and repairing the damage of abuse on mental health.  Key issues addressed by AFRUCA Mental Health service including Female Genital Mutilation, the Branding of Children as Witches as well as the use of juju and oath rituals to control victims of Trafficking and Exploitation will be explored. The range of psychological impact of the above, and the role of practitioners in understanding and supporting young people with these experiences will also be a focus of these workshops.

For more information about this even; please click here


15) DEBATE: COULD A BLACK PERSON EVER BECOME PRIME MINISTER OF THE UK?

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Date: Tuesday November 15th | Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Venue: Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, London E17 7JN | RSVP: here

Does the desire to become Prime Minister in and of the UK exists within the ‘black’ communities, people of African (Caribbean) hertiage. If so, could it happen in our lifetime? Does it matter and what benefit would being a ‘black’ person bring? We will debate the barriers, frustrations, desires, challenges, hopes and dreams? Is it sufficient to leave the governing of this country to other communities? And, what is the least this community will settle for?

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For more info about this event – please click here


16) THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF AFRICA BEFORE THE SLAVE TRADE

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Date: Sat 26 November | Time: 18:00pm – 21:00pm | Venue: St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London N15 5PU | HostsBlack History Studies | Emailinfo@blackhistorystudies.com | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | Twitter@BlackHistStudies |  RSVPhere

The Hidden History of Africa Before the Slave Trade is a visually stunning presentation that addresses one key question: What history do Black people have before the slave trade started?  This lecture discusses the Empire of Mali, the Yoruba Kingdoms, Medieval Sudan, Medieval Ethiopia and the East African Coast. These civilisations have left behind a splendid array of evidence that is discussed in the lecture. This evidence includes wonderful artefacts, illuminated manuscripts, and impressive architecture. A discussion will follow the presentation. Please do remember that places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay. Please confirm via email info@blackhistorystudies.com of how many of you will be attending this event. 

BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO LEARN ABOUT AFRICAN HISTORY NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS!!

For more info about this event – please click here


17) ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY 

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Date: Monday November 28th | Time: 19:00 – 21.30pm | Venue: St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham N15 5PU | HostsBlack History Studies | Emailinfo@blackhistorystudies.com | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | Twitter@BlackHistStudies |  RSVP: here

For #EntrepreneurshipMonth, Black History Studies presents a free presentation on ‘Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship in the Black Community’ on Monday 28th November 2016.

This thought provoking presentation will introduce you to the knowledge and tools needed to accomplish your goals of achieving economic empowerment and business development through entrepreneurship. This presentation will also encourage you to address your own financial situation with practical advice and tips on how to improve your financial literacy.

THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!

This event will take place on MONDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2016 from 7pm to 9pm.

Doors open at 6.30pm.

This event will be held at St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5PU. Approx 10 mins walk from Seven Sisters Station. On street parking. Buses 67, 259, 279 stop nearby.

Admission will be FREE. Donations would be appreciated.

For more info about this event – please click here


18) CULTURAL COMPOUNDS: WHAT IS THIS ‘NEW’ BLACK IN BLACK POPULAR CULTURE?

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Date:  Saturday 19th November | Time: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM | Venue: SOAS, University of London, Senate House WC1H 0XG London | Hosts: Cultural Compounds | Twitter: @C_Compounds | Emailinfo@culturalcompounds.org | RSVP: here

Cultural Compounds are honoured and welcome the multi-award winning writer, Ben Okri as our keynote speaker for the first event in this timely series of Cultural Compounds.

The aims of Cultural Compounds are to: *Explore how African diasporic communities can take the lead in shaping, building and safeguarding their cultural entities | *Examine and challenge cultural, artistic and curatorial practices, theories and traditions as they relate to race, representation and identity with reference to people of African descent | *Create an environment for live and online dialogue to exchange ideas and opinions and highlight urgent questions about Afro-Modernist cultural expression and inheritance in the UK and beyond.

The symposiums consist of panels of arts practitioners, activists, theorists and artists from UK and abroad plus performance and possibly film.

For more info about this event – please click here


19) THE THIN BLACK LINE OF SOLDIERS: WHEN THE DRUM BEGINS TO ROLL

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Date: Tue 15 November | Time: 18:15 – 20:00 | Venue: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF | Hosts: Brent Cultural Service | RSVP: here

Very important memorial event here. Join the historian Onyeka who uncovers fascinating information on the ‘thin black line’ of World War I. 2016 marks 100 years since the start of the Battles of the Somme – the bloodiest series of battles fought during World War I that saw approximately 1.2 million soldiers lose their lives. Historians have begun to uncover the stories of soldiers of African descent who took part in the Battles of the Somme and many other campaigns during the war. What is often not understood is that people of African descent from all over the world fought for both sides. Men, who were blighted by combating oppression and bowed by colonial regimes, broke their backs to work and fight in the war.

Their contribution to the war would have significant effects on the course of the 20th century and the future of colonialism.

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20) BRUNCH WITH MUTABARUKA + EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF CULT CLASSIC FILM SANKOFA

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Date: Sun 6th November | Time:  14:00 – 19:30 | Venue: The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST London | Hosts: Decolonising the Archives |  RSVP: here

Decolonising the Mind (DTA) explore Black memory for our collective wellbeing. Most of the time, that means looking at our history in order to influence our future. DTA write, make films, devise installations, record music and produce events to share these things.  DTA came to build. Loving their website also by the way! #WellDone!

 An afternoon of traditional Caribbean food, film and panel discussion with special guest MUTABARUKA!

  • Exclusive London screening of Sankofa
  • Q&A with Mutabaruka
  • Panel discussion exploring the roles of the Black male and the Black female
  • Panellists include Dr Kehinde Andrews (Organisation of Black Unity), Rameri Moukam (African Centred Psychotherapist) and Ayo Wallace (African Diaspora Youth Network)
  • Hosted by Charmaine Simpson (Black History Studies)
  • Traditional Caribbean cuisine provided by Lovegift Vegan
  • Menu: Caribbean Bean Stew, Maceroni & Cheese, Cinnamon Plantain, BBQ Mock Meat, Vegetables in Coconut Milk, Spelt Dumplings + much more
  • Cakes provided by Cozmic Cookiez & Cakez

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21) LANGUAGE ACTS & WORLDMAKING IN CONVERSATION WITH CULTURAL AGENTS

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Date: Fri November 18th | Time:  18:30pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King’s College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS | Email: languageacts@kcl.ac.uk | RSVP: here

Ira Jewell Williams Jr, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies, Harvard / Director, Cultural Agents Initiative

Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language research and learning by foregrounding language’s power to shape how we live and make our worlds.

To mark the launch of Language Acts and Worldmaking, Professor Doris Sommer will discuss her groundbreaking work with the Cultural Agents initiative, which promotes the divergent thinking of arts and humanities in the service of solutions to real life problems.

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22) KIMPA VITA MOTHER OF AFRIKAN REVOLUTION

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Date: Friday 11th November | Time: 20:00pm – 22:30pm | Venue: Peckhamplex, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST | RSVP: here | HostsAdinkra Arts Collective | Emailinfo@adinkraartscollective.com | Twitter@AdinkraArtsCol | FB/Adinkra

Adinkra is a Multi-media platform shining a light on Afrikan creativity.

The fifteenth century was a time when the legacy of powerful African Kingdoms were wickedly invaded by the West. The African people’s rich and plentiful history-interrupted by slavery, genocide and the deportation of Africans to new and hostile lands. The Great Kingdom of Bakongo was no exception. A century later in 1704, a fearless young woman decides to fight for her country. For her ultimate fight and her ultimate sacrifice she wil always be remembered throughout her Kingdom as, Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African Revolution.

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*** POETRY, COMEDY & PERFORMANCES ***


23) THE BLACK HISTORY OF COMEDY

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DateWednesday, November 9 | Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm | Venue: London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, John Snow lecture theatre, Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT London | RSVPhere | HostsBlack History Walks | Facebook/BlackHistoryWalks | Twitter@BlackHistWalker

The Black History of Comedy: Comedians often use history as part of their material. In this interactive session Black History Walks piece together a visual tapestry of the best historical comedy from great known and unknown comics from the 1960’s to now. They will also place their comical observations on a historical timeline of international struggle for African equality and show how comedy can be educational. Be prepared to laugh your head off and learn about world history at the same time. This will start promptly at 6.30pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat. There is some swearing and adult humour

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 *** RECEPTIONS, AWARDS & CEREMONIES ***


24) 18th ANNUAL GATHERING OF AFRICA’S BEST (GAB) AWARDS

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Date: Sunday 27 November 2016 | Time: 5.30pm – 11pm | Venue: Hilton London Canary Wharf, Marsh Wall, London E14 9SH | Hosts: The Trumpet Media Group | Email: gabawards@the-trumpet.com | RSVP: here

The Trumpet Newspaper, established in 1995, is the voice of Africans in the Diaspora – promoting the positive image of Africa and Africans It is the link between Africans and Friends of Africa in the Diaspora on one hand and those on the Continent on the other. Their annual awards ceremony is one of the most renowned and celebrated recognising UK based diaspora Africans from across the continent. The GAB Awards aims to be:

* A showcase and celebration of the best of Africa and Africans | * An evening of Recognition of Achievements, Entertainment and Enlightenment | * A networking event of top Africans and Friends of Africa from the continent and the Diaspora | * An exhibition of top businesses and organisations serving the community | * A platform to reach a potential audience of over 10 million people through Media coverage.

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25) AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS 2016

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Date: Friday 25 November | Time: 19:00pm till late |  Venue: The Decorium, Western Road, Wood Green, London N22 6UH | Hosts: African Entrepreneur Awards UK | Twitter@AUAUK2016 | FB: /aeauk2016

African Entrepreneur Awards UK is an annual award ceremony that recognises and rewards the unsung talent, hard work, and success of African and Non-African entrepreneurs supporting the Africa community in the United Kingdom. With these awards, we aim not only to highlight the achievements of entrepreneurs and the differences they make for the community or the country; but also to encourage more entrepreneurs to keep making a difference through their accomplishments.

The awards covers twenty various categories and presented to the best entrepreneur from the nominations, highlighting their unsurpassed success and hard work of the year.

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26) NSSFF(UK) 5th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

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Date: Friday 4th November | Time: 18:30 – 22.30pm | Venue: House Of Commons, St Margarets Street, London SW1A 0AA | Twitter: @NSSFF | FB: /NSSFF | YouTube: /NaijaSchools | Hosts: Nigerian Schools Foundation Forum UK | Email: info@nssff.co.uk | RSVP: here

In November this year, The Nigerian Schools Foundation(UK) in association with Obaseki & Co. Solicitors, will be holding a reception, celebrating its 5th Year anniversary. The reception will be a great opportunity to socialise and network with distinguished guest speakers; Dr Temi Abimbola (Senior Advisor @ African Development Bank) & Mr Tom Ilube (Founder and Chairman of the African Gifted Foundation, winner 2017 Powerlisti.e.most influential Black person in the UK),our special guest of honour Shadow Home Secretary,Ms Diane Abbott MP, other NSF(UK) members and friends.

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27) 20th AFRICAN FILM AWARDS

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Date: Saturday 5th November | Time: 18.00pm till late | Venue: Old Stratford Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford London E15 4BQ | HostsAfrican Voice Newspaper | Insta/AfricanVoiceNews | Twitter@AfricanVoice2

The African Voice Newspaper UK, organisers of the awards said, the special 20th anniversary edition of the African Film Awards looks to promote British Nigerian Film Collaboration. The awards is expected to be a glamourous evening with high net-worth individuals, film investors and experts in the film industry. To further add value and build capacity in the industry, the Organising Committee has included a Master Class/Training Workshop in partnership with an award-winning Independent Producer/Executive Producer of 20 drama series, 6 TV movies and 16 feature films. Co-founder of Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment Company.

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28) CITY NATION PLACE CONFERENCE & AWARDS

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Date: Thursday 10th November | Address: America Square Conference Centre, No.1, America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB | HostsCity Nation Place | Twitter@CityNationPlace | (To register to attend please contact Martin Dewhirst)
Phone: +44 (0) 33 0001 1353 | Email: info@citynationplace.com

City Nation Place is the annual international meeting place, for government representatives and senior executives responsible for the cohesive and effective place and destination brand strategy of the cities, regions and countries they represent. New for 2016’s City Nation Place – the theme of “partnership” will thread through the agenda. Place brands are unquestionably stronger when they involve productive partnerships, but getting the buy-in of diverse stakeholders and balancing needs can test the strongest diplomats. Through fresh case studies and interactive sessions we’ll share a wealth of inspirational ideas. Whether you are considering embarking on, or you are already working on a place brand initiative for a city, region or nation, in a developed or an emerging economy, the information hub and global conference will provide a community for actionable learning, strategic bench-marking and a forum to exchange expertise.

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*** MARKET STALLS, BOUTIQUES & FASHION ***


29) AFRICUSH X MARGAI BOUTIQUE POPUP

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Date: Sat 12 November | Time: 11:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Woolwich Arsenal (South East London) | Hosts: Margai Boutique | Insta: /MargaiBoutique or /AfriCush | Etsy: MargaiBoutique | Email: bmargai@hotmail.com | RSVP: here

OK! So Margai Boutique is a home based Handmade African Products Initiative who ship internationally! Join Africush and Margai Boutique for the first ever home edition pop up event! You will be able to sip, shop and splurge on an array of handmade African products! Some of the products you will find on the day include: jewellery, waist beads, African black soap, purses, cushions, art work & much more! 50% of all sold tickets will be donated to a charity in Malawi and Ghana. Details of these will be available on the day.

Your ticket will come with TWO complimentary glasses of Prosecco or a non-alcoholic equivalent and lots of tasty African – Caribbean canapés!

Please join us for an intimate afternoon of music, good vibes and plenty to buy!

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30) THE AFRICAN MARKET

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Date: Last Saturday of Every Month | Time: 12noon – 12 midnight | Venue: Old Spitalfields Market , 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW | HostsOpen the Gate | Insta/OpentheGate_ FB/OpenTheGate | Twitter@OpentheGate_

We’ve been a few times to this ‘All things African’ market and you’ll find some amazing vendors there! The African Market showcases original & ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes as well as Arts & Crafts, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, arts and more. Local & international charities are also represented, promoting their actions and raising awareness but also funds by selling goods.

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31) OUR HERITAGE UK 2016

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Date: Sat 12th November | Time: 17:00pm – 22:00pm GMT | Venue: Liberty House, No.9-11 Cottage Green, Camberwell, London SE5 7ST | Hosts: Our Heritage | Twitter: @OurHeritage2016 | RSVP: here

Our Heritage is an African Caribbean themed fashion show which seeks to celebrate emerging creatives of the arts. While our creatives are beign celebrated we also reach out to help others in our societies and this year we are working with a charity called the Rainbow Trust Foundation. A charity that seeks to provide resources to children in education while eradicating the lack of education in itself in Ghana Africa. This year all procedes go to Rainbow Trust Foundation.

This event is organised by Faith Bawuah current title holder for the Mr and Miss ACS UK Pageant

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32) ‘THE BLACK MARKET & FILM FESTIVAL’

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Date: Saturday, 12th November | Time:  12:00 to 21:00pm | Venue: West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, Tottenham N15 3QR | Hosts: Black History Studies | Email: info@blackhistorystudies.com | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | Twitter: @BlackHistStudies |  RSVP: here

The ninth Black Market & Film Festival is an event to showcase, expose and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs to the community and to provide a platform to sell their products, promote their skills and engage with the local and surrounding community.

The aim of the event is to:

  • Showcase and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs to the community
  • Increase the exposure of Black cultural and creative sector’s participation in the wider community
  • To provide a platform to sell their products, promote their skills and engage with the local and surrounding community.
  • To raise the awareness of the importance and relevance of increasing your personal financial literacy and the benefits of developing and adopting an enterprising lifestyle.

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 *** AFRICAN-INSPIRED FOOD POP-UPS & SUPPER CLUBS ***


33) NIGERIAN FUSION FOOD TOUR WITH CHEF IMOTEDA

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Date: Sun 6 November |  Time: 17:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: London Cooking Project, Ethelburga Street, London SW11 4AG | Host: Heels in the KitchenInsta: /hitkitchenNG | Twitter: @hitkitchenNG | FB: /hitKitchenNG | RSVP: here

Fantastic Surprise that Heels in the Kitchen makes a debut in London. The first of it’s kind, the Nigerian Fusion Food Tour presented by Heels in the Kitchen was created with the aim of exporting Nigerian food to a larger crowd. By taking some of our everyday food elements and tweaking them, we hope to raise them to a fine dining standard that not only makes them easier for a non-Nigerian palate to understand but also shows the versatility of our Nigerian ingredients. Basically Chef Imoteda is  turning Nigerian food into Mede-Mede!

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34) SOUTH AFRICAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON & MERLOT – LONDON BRIDGE

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Date: Monday November 21st | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: Vivat Bacchus, 4 Hay’s Lane, London Bridge SE1 2HB | Hosts: Vivat Bacchus | FB: /VivatBacchus | Twitter: @Vivat_Bacchus | Insta: /VivatBacchus

The Vivat Bacchus restaurants, established in Farringdon in 2003 and London Bridge in 2008, are a celebration of rustic, robust food, artisan cheeses and great wines. South African in origin, they are known for the range and quality of our wines, our memorably stocked cheese rooms and a menu using daily sourced, quality seasonal ingredients from highly regarded producers. We feature rare breed meats, grilled to perfection. Come and see their famous big-Bertha charcoal oven at Farringdon! Checkout their South African ‘Wine and Dine’ experience this November

Big, bold reds; elegance & finesse; these grapes have everything to offer.

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35) SOUL.FULL SUPPER CLUB

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Date: Thu 24 November | Time: 19:00pm – 22:00pm | Venue: Bethnal Green, Gathorne street, London E20 1FT | Hosts: Cake & Cucumber | Insta: /Cake_Cucumber | FB: /Cake.Cucumber | Email: info@cakeandcucumber.com | Phone: 07814 372872 | RSVP: here

Soul.Full Supper Club, brought to you by Cake + Cucumber, is an event for women that harmonises belly, body and being through the fusion of mindful dining and yoga.
Alongside Pennie Ludlow Yoga, the evening invites you to come as you are, reconnect to simply ‘being’ and begin to unearth your inner calm through a juicy and revitalising candle lit yoga practice.  You will then be welcomed into your dining experience, relishing in a scrumptious  two course meal featuring hearty, whole-foods sharing platters influenced by the aromas and flavours of North and East Africa. The fabulous finale will be a naturally sweet and decadent dessert.
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36) JASON’S LITTLE KITCHEN: SUPPERCLUB DINNER – 5.11.16

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Date: Sat 5th November | Time: 18:00pm – 21:00pm | Venue: The Clerkenwell Kitchen, 27 – 31 Clerkenwell Close,  London EC1R 0AT | Hosts: Jason’s Little Kitchen | Insta: /JasonsLittleKitchen | FB: /JasonsLittleKitchen | Twitter: @jslittlekitchen | RSVP: here

It’s not the first time we’re writing about Jason’s Little Kitchen here, they were featured in our Best 20 Ghanaian Supperclubs & Food Popups in London some months back and have only been making great strides ever since. On this Bonfire Night Special; join them for a 4 course meal where we will experience the fine flavours of West African cuisine. Serving West African cuisine with a modern touch I have carefully obtained quality produce which have all been selected to bring out the finest flavours for my meals.

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37) TALES UNDER A MOONLIGHT

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Date: Sat 5 November | Time: 19:00 – 23:00 | Venue:  Willesden Green (Zone 2) London, NW10 | Hosts: Nigerian Express | RSVP: here

For their November event, Nigerian Express are drawing inspiration from our childhood memories of visiting our villages: star-lit nights, there was always an aunty with stories to tell under the moonlight. They plan on gathering around a fire, telling stories, singing, eating and generally having fun (as always). Menu includes:

  • Beef Suya
  • Chicken Pepper Soup
  • Nkwobi
  • ‘Native’ Jollof
  • Roast Yam & Ugba Sauce
  • A selection of Grilled Vegetables
  • Mulled Zobo

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*** BOOK LAUNCH, EXPERIENCES, ART & MEDIA ***


38) ‘MIXED BLESSINGS’: 1916 CENTENARY & THE DECADE (BOOK READING EVENT)

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DateTuesday November 8th | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM | Venue:  London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB | Twitter: @IrishinBritain | FB: /IrishinBritain | Linkedin: /in/IrishinBritain | Emailinfo@irishinbritain.org

The “Irish in Britain” charity is pleased to organise this book reading event and talks to celebrate the launch of the book “Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union” by Professor Elizabeth Anionwu CBE, who is Irish Nigerian born in England.

Elizabeth Anionwu‘s story reflects much of what African Irish people experienced within Ireland during our Centenary ; Irish culture, music, dance and “prayers” and the journey to find the other family in Africa. Like many Irish emigrant girls who came to Britain to work in the NHS as nurses, she travelled that road also to finally become a Professor of nursing, as a mixed race woman she achieved an enormous amount against all odds. She is an inspiration and we would like you to enjoy her humour and life’s insights.

Wine reception and food

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39) #ThroughtheSenses – AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN & MIXED HERITAGE EXPERIENCES

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Date: Sat 12 November | Time: 11:00 – 16:00 | Venue: University Square Campus (near Stratford Circus Theatre), 1 Salway Rd London E15 1NF | Hosts: Blue Project | FB: /TheBlueProject | Twitter: @BlueProjectUK

This interactive workshop presents the latest research on physical, mental and social health among African, Caribbean and mixed race communities The event explores a range of themes where you can share your views, ideas and experiences using creative activities and learning technology.

The Blue Project will be discussing a range of subjects of interest to communities such as the rise in parental abuse, young Black men and the criminal justice system and much more.

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40) AFRICAN ODYSSEYS PRESENT: BEYOND NOLLYWOOD

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Date: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November | Time: 3pm onwards | Venue: BFI Southbank, London, South Block, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT | Hosts: Curated by Nadia Denton in association with African Odysseys and part of BFI BLACK STAR

African Odysseys are proud to host a special three-day programme of Nigerian Cinema, showcasing a new crop of impressive filmmakers with screenings of arthouse, documentary, animation and experimental genres. Curated by Nadia Denton, Beyond Nollywood takes inspiration from her book The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood. This 3-day programme of international Nigerian Cinema showcases a new crop of filmmakers who are revolutionising the industry – beyond Nollywood.

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41) AFRICAN ROCK ART: RESEARCH, DIGITAL OUTPUTS & HERITAGE MANAGEMENT

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Date: Friday 4th November – Saturday 5th November | Time: 09:00am – 17.00pm | Venue: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Library, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG | HostsDOCUMENTACIÓN DE ARTE RUPESTRE Y SENSIBILIZACIÓN EN EL SÁHARA OCCIDENTAL |  FB/ArteRupestreDARSOO/ |  Ticketshere

The African rock art image project was launched in 2013 to catalogue, curate and disseminate c. 25,000 rock art photographs across Africa, originally from the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA), with the generous funding of Arcadia. Over a five-year period (2013–2018), the project will catalogue, contextualise and disseminate the core of TARA’s rock art collection, c. 25,000 images from 19 African countries from north, east and southern Africa. They cover the majority of the most important regions of rock art in the continent, as well as an excellent selection of the main styles, chronologies and themes of African rock art.

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42) SIGNATURES MAGAZINE ISSUE ONE LAUNCH PARTY & PHOTO EXHIBITION

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Date: Saturday November 5 | Time: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Venue: The Cob Gallery205 Royal College Street, London NW1 0SG | Insta: /SignaturesMagazine | Twitter: @SigMagAfrica | FB: /SignaturesMagazine | RSVP: here

Signatures Magazine is a bi-annual culture magazine dedicated to creative passion, process, and pursuit in Africa. Join them at The Cob Gallery on the 5th of November, where they will be hosting a party and exhibition for our launch of #TheGrowthIssue. Conceived and self-published by Julian and Jason Nicco-Annan, Signatures highlights emerging and established writers, artists, photographers, musicians and upcoming personalities on the African continent and diaspora.

One ticket earns you:

+ 1 free copy of the new issue of Signatures Magazine

+ A copy of our inaugural issue (#00) at a discounted price

+ free drinks and snacks

+ unlimited creative vibes!!

There’s so much value packed in just one ticket, so grab yours now!

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43) MENSAH WILLIAMS PRESENTS: I WANT TO WORK IN AFRICA

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Date: Sat 5 November | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 | Venue: North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 9PZ | Hosts: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Libraries | RSVP: here

Are you interested in working in Africa, want to accelerate your international career or experience working in a different continent? You need to get it right! Author Frances Mensah Williams gives tips for a successful career! The session will include:

  • An overview of Africa today and its bright economic prospects
  • Opportunities for careers in Africa
  • Assessing your strengths, skills and what you can offer to organisations
  • Cultural realities of working in Africa

Frances Mensah Williams is the award-winning CEO of business consultancy for Africa Interims for Development Ltd. and Editor of ReConnect Africa, the leading online careers and business publication for African professionals.

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*** Business, Networking & Mingle***


44) LONDON BLACK FRENCH SPEAKERS

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Date: Meetup (usually every two weeks) | Location: London (of course) | Group: here

I’ve met a few guys from here after inviting them to a French speaking African Community Event in London last year – and I must say ‘Bravo’. I’ve met French Speakers from Guadeloupe, Comoros Islands and Gabon here so you’ll certainly be sure to mingle. If you’re fluent or intermediate en Francais then don’t just read – but be there!

<< Ce Groupe a été créé Pour répondre aux besoins de la communauté black francophone à Londres et des personnes intéressées par cette ‘riche culture diversifiée’… que ce soient les antillais (Guadeloupe Martinique) ou originaire d’un pays francophone  D’afrique, Congo, Benin, Côte-d’Ivoire , Cameroun, Sénégal….etc et autres îles/pays Guyane, Madagascar, Réunion etc… Régulièrement sur Londres il y a de nombreux événements culturels et loisirs (expositions, conférences, concerts etc) afro-caribéens ou/ et français qui peuvent nous concerner. Ce sont autant d’occasions qui nous permettent d’élargir notre cercle d’amis, d’échanger, idées et connaissances en toute convivialité. >>

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45) MBTN PROFESSIONALS MIXER

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Date: Friday 25 Nov | Time: 18:00pm til late | Venue: Crowne Plaza London, The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB | HostsMoveBackToNigeria | Facebook/MBTNGlobal | Twitter@MBTNGlobal

The MBTN (Move Back to Nigeria) 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. Take control of your career and land your next gig at the next event where you will meet over 200 African professionals in a relaxed setting.

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46) AFRICA REAL ESTATE & TRADE EXHIBITION 2016 (A.R.E.T.E) LONDON

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Date: Saturday November 5th | Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Venue: The Hub 210 Church Road Gatelands Building besides GBN store. Leyton E107JQ | Twitter: @LashoneGroup | FB Group: /Lashone  | YouTube: /LashoneMedia | Emailinfo@lashonelinksgroup.com | Phone: 07533320826

Lashone Group of Companies is a conglomerate with 10 subsidiaries duly registered with the government and regulatory bodies in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, United Kingdom (UK)  and United State of America (USA). Their effectiveness and impact in the society is not over rated as each subsidiary of the company is created to meet demands and add value to the society through their product and service. Arete is our Maiden edition conference happening in London United Kingdom to bring together Shakeholder and Africans in Diaspora.

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47) AFRICA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY NETWORK

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Date: Fri, November 25th | Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG | HostsAfrica Technology Business Network | Linkedin/African-Technology- Business-Network | FB/AfricaTBN | Twitter@AfricaTBN

Africa Business Technology Network is an organisation that support entrepreneurs, organisations & investors across the UK & Africa to unlock new market opportunities and address key challenges in Africa using technology. With investments such as the recent $1.2 million dollar raise by Nigerian startup ToLet.Com.ng; evidence that the publicity is helping to drive real deals across the continent cannot be ignored. However many challenges remain for foreign investors interested in tapping into Africa’s emerging tech opportunities particularly due to lack of knowledge of the local market. Join ABTN for this roundtable discussion about the opportunities and challenges of building local-global investor partnerships in order to merge local market insight with international funds and expertise.

For more info about this event – please click here


48) BRITISH AFRICANS IN CROYDON

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Date: Thursday 3 November | Time: 18:30 – 21:00 GMT | Venue: De-Charles Resources Ltd London, 42 Church Road, Crystal Palace, Croydon SE19 2ET | RSVP: hereHostsBritish African Business Alliance | FB: /British-African-Business-Alliance

Formed in 2009, BABA (British African Business Alliance) identified that African Communities in the UK are highly fragmented, yet are so well placed to positively influence business development across the Continent. A networking event for African Business Leaders in Diaspora. We welcome people from all African countries, based in the Croydon area, who run businesses or are working to set up businesses, create jobs or set up development projects.

“Come and find out about our Business Pipeine and the opportunities that our members are creating that may benefit you. The British African Croydon Network are looking to meet Africa Friendly Investors and Funders, Trade Finance Specialists, Professional Advisors, Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Development Project Leaders, and UK Businesses looking to explore the opportunities of Africa.”

For more info about this event – please click here


49) 10th INVESTING IN AFRICAN MINING CONFERENCE

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Date: Monday November 28 | Time: 08.30am – 16.30pm | Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, UK WC2B 5DA | Phone: +44 (0) 207 405 781 | HostsMine Africa | Twitter@MineAfrica

Now in its 10th year our Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsors Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange & Herbert Smith Freehills is the premier African focussed mining event in London. The seminar is also supported by the UK Association of Mining Analysts (AMA) who’s members comprise a significant portion of the audience. The seminar typically features 16 presenters, a senior level financial and mining and financial audience, two networking coffee, and a networking lunch break. 60% of the audience are senior financial and mining executives and media. 60% of the audience is from the United Kingdom, 20% from Canada, 8% from Africa and 8% from Europe. 100% of the audience is interested in mining in Africa. Our 2016 keynote speaker is Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer, Sibanye Gold.

For more info about this event – please click here


50) THE BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR AFRICA’S 60th ANNIVERSARY

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DateWednesday November 11th | Time: 18.30pm – 21:00pm | Venue: House of Lords,
The Cholmondeley Room and Terrace Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0PW | RSVPhere | HostsBusiness Council for Africa

OK; so Business Council for Africa will be hosting their 60th Anniversary Reception on the House of Lords Terrance on the evening of the 2nd of November and will be joined by the new Minister for Africa, Tobias Ellwood MP, who will be making an address. Members are invited to join in for this special evening to celebrate the achievements of BCA over the last six decades and to look forward to the future of trade and investment in Africa. The event promises to be a fantastic networking opportunity for members and leading figures from the public and private sector working in Africa in the historic surroundings of the House of Lords.

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51) AFRICA’S ENERGY SECTOR: MANAGING RISK

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Date: Tuesday 22 November | Time: 18.30pm |  Venue: Squire Patton Boggs, 7 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YH | HostsBusiness Council for Africa & Africa Matters Ltd

The Business Council for Africa will be holding a joint event with Africa Matters Limited to discuss how energy sector operators can manage risk across the African continent in light of these new trends in the energy sector. Africa has long been an energy rich continent attracting global businesses investing in oil and gas exploration and production, mining, and power sector development. But the downturn in oil, gas and core commodities prices since 2015 has significantly altered the dynamics of the African energy sector and how businesses perceive and manage risk across the continent. Speakers will discuss strategies they have implemented to mitigate political risks, describing how effective engagement with governments and key stakeholders can de-risk investment and prevent or constructively resolve disputes.

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52) NEMA AFRICA

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Date: Monday 28th  November | Venue: Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY | RSVPhere | Emailinfo.events@knect365.com | Phone: +44 (0) 20 7017 7200 | Hosts: Nema Forum | Twitter: @Nema_Forum | Linkedin: /NemaFroum

Quite simply put; this is a Must-Attend Network Management Event for the African Securities Industry. The NeMa Group is primarily a discussion group for those that wish to keep up to date with key issues in the wider network management industry. The Network Management Forum (NeMa) is run by ICBI Conferences. The group is open to those who have attended previous NeMa Forums.

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53) AIX: POWER & RENEWABLES 2016

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Date: Monday 21 November – Tues 22 November | Time: 08:30pm – 17:00pm | Venue: RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ | HostsCBI Meetings Africa Investment Exchange

CbI Meetings was formed in 2013 by Cross-border Information, an experienced Africa and Middle East- focused consultant active in primary infrastructure sectors. Led by experienced regional specialists, CbI works closely with the project development community on issues that affect public and private sector investment decisions. Now in its third year, AIX Power and Renewables addresses the challenges facing investors and the innovative structures emerging from deals along the electricity value chain.  The meeting serves a high-level constituency of corporate and official players who are directly involved in project development and finance, and the structuring of policy.

The 2016 agenda will focus on:

• Early stage development
• Innovative financing models
• The rise of corporate PPAs
• Fuel mix and the hunt for baseload
• Renewable energy models
• Impact investment and the rise of off-grid opportunities

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54) SAM ONIGBANJO PRESENTS THE MEN’S BIG BUSINESS BREAKFAST

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Date: Sat 19th November | Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm | Venue: ESQ @ 805 Restaurant, 805 Old Kent Road, London SE15 1NX | Host: Great Business PlatformsFB: /GreatBusinessPlatforms | Twitter: @GreatBusinessPPL | RSVP: here

The Men’s Big Business Breakfast is an open forum for Men to discuss Business and Social Affairs. This session is Sponsored by Simply accounts and will focus on *Where is the Money* and Putting the Honey in your relationships. All topics are discussed over a hot African style Breakfast prepared by world class restaurant 805.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Stephen Mwale, MD of Simply Accounts

Facilitator of the relationship session will be Pax Knight.

Simply Accounts sponsor entry. However, your breakfast is £20 per person

Click here for more Information,http://greatbusinessplatforms.com/mens-big-business-breakfast

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55) AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN AFTER WORK DATING CLUB

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Date: Thursday 24 November | Time: 19:00pm  – 21:30pm | Venue: The Bernie Grant Art Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX

The After Work Dating Club is a place for people looking to meet that special someone from an African or Caribbean background in a relaxed, friendly social setting. So why not log off after work and join us for a great evening on Thursday 24th November 2016.

The event will include a welcome introduction, a light buffet and ‘ice breaker’ to make meeting other guests fun and easy.

This event is being hosted by a group of individuals from African and Caribbean backgrounds that recognise there is a need for a social environment to enable people that would like to meet a potential partner in a more traditional way. Meeting ‘offline’ away from internet dating offers the opportunity to make instant connections with people. Our event could be what makes the difference to you finding lasting love or meaningful friendships.

For more information about this even; please click here


56) SOUTH AFRICAN VISITOR VISA CAMPAIGN

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Date: Wednesday 2nd November | Time: 18:30–20:30pm | VenueThe National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall, SW1A 2HE London. UK | RSVP: (Tim Hewish) tim.hewish@thercs.org | HostsRoyal Commonwealth Society | FB/TheRCS | Twitter@TheRCSLondon

Great South African Community Event here! This campaign is in partnership with South African Chamber of Commerce UKThe South African,  Sable InternationalPhilip Gamble & Partners, and the South African Diaspora United (www.sadiaspora.org.uk). The campaign is also kindly supported and promoted by Democratic Alliance Abroad UK.

Through a public petition and media campaign we will seek to demonstrate the demand for the return of visa-free travel for South Africans and encourage both Governments to re-engage in efforts to deliver on this issue which affects thousands each year.

During the evening we will be joined by a number of our campaign champions from the arts, business, politics, and sports.

RSVP to Tim Hewish tim.hewish@thercs.org


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57) EXCHANGE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Date: Sunday 27th November | Time: 12noon – midnight | HostsOpen the Gate | Insta/OpentheGate_ FB/OpenTheGate | Twitter@OpentheGate_

A perfect day out for the family 
and an unmissable gathering for London’s music lovers!

12 hours of Live Music from all around the World from South America to Japan, with traditional melodies and beats with hints of Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hope, Reggae and more. There will also be The African Market, with original fashion, arts&crafts and Food, a Free Drumming Workshop, Face painting and massage therapy. There will be live music,  a Drumming workshop with Drum Songs, the African Market Stalls all day long from 12pm to 12am, Face-painting by Kemi Paint Up! Massage Therapy by Mariama Ndaye, African Food (of course) and more. We hope to be stopping by also!

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58) AFRICAN SANCTUS

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Date: Saturday 12 Nov 2016 | Time: 20:15 | Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon, Edge Hill, London, SW19 4LU | Ticketshere Hosts: Sonoro | Twitter@SonoroChoir | Insta/SonoroMusic | FB/SonoroChoir

A thrilling setting of the Latin Mass harmonised with traditional African music collected by the legendary composer David Fanshawe on his many journeys up the River Nile. Written in 1972, it is a mainstay of the choral repertoire: moving, uplifting and electrifying. This event is hosted by Sonoro, an exceptional new professional chamber choir, has attracted attention for its warm tone, rich blend of colours and vibrancy in performance. Sonoro is made up of some of the country’s finest professional choral singers who are also soloists in their own right.

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59) AFRICAN DRUMMING WEEKEND WITH MOHAMED GUEYE

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Date: Saturday and Sunday 26th/27th November | Email: info@nomadic-entertainment.com | Phone: 07933 247222 | HostsNomadic Entertainment | FB/NomadicEntertainmentUK | Registrationhere

Mohamed Gueye is a West African percussionist based in London. Born into a large griot family of drummers from Dakar in Senegal, Mohamed learnt the Sabar and Djembe drum with his family from the age of 5 and has been playing professionally since the age of 15. Passed down to him by his ancestors, Mohamed has a detailed understanding of Sabar rhythms and the history of Senegalese culture. Alongside this Mohamed has had a long love affair with the Djembe drum and is highly sought after for his explosive performances and patient teaching. He has performed at festivals across the UK including Womad, African Drum Village, Drum Camp, Africa Oye and BEATS Cornwall with African stars such as Baaba Maal, Carlou D, Aida Samb and Africa Express.

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60) AFRICA: WORDS ACROSS THE DIASPORA

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Date: Sunday 20th November | Time: 15:00pm – 16:30pm | Venue: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG | HostsPoet in the City | FB/PoetintheCity | Twitter@PoetintheCityUK

In a moment in which cultural hybridity has never been more important, we take a moment to reflect on the fantastic wealth of African poetry past and present. With poets Anthony Anaxagorou and Belinda Zhawi, and academic Joan Anim-Addojoin us in Room 25 of the Africa Gallery for an afternoon exploring the role that poetry has placed within African diasporas across time and geography, from Ancient Egypt to civil rights and beyond.

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*** COMMUNITY ACTIVISM & DIASPORA***


61) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK – SASSY TEES 1st BIRTHDAY

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Date: Sat 12 November | Time: 13:00 – 17:00 | Hosts: Sassy Tees | Insta: /SassyTeesUK | FB: /SassandTees | Twitter: @SassyTeesUK | Email: sassandtees@gmail.com | RSVP: here

What started as a conversation with a best-friend in a cafe turned into an inspiring and uplifting journey of activism. Many haven’t heard of Sassy Tees; but they have now! They’re only celebrating their first year but this afternoon celebration titled ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ will be joined with a panel discussion of how  Activism and passion becomes a source of community building.

The discussion will be followed with drinks, food and network with some talented people, who are young, gifted and black. There will be dairy-free birthday cake, free cocktails on arrival and 15% off everything on the menu! Sassy Tees Goodie bag will be availbale to pick up and purchases can be made at the event.

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62) BLACK ABOLITIONIST WALKING TOUR

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Date: Saturday 26th November | Time: 13:30pm – 17:00pm | Venue: Outside Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ | Hosts: British Library Labs | Twitter: @BL_Labs | RSVP: here

To celebrate the British Library (BL) Labs Competition project of 2016, ‘Black Abolitionist Performances and their Presence in Britain’ by Hannah-Rose Murray, BL Labs and Hannah-Rose are hosting a walking tour and a short performance on Saturday 26th November 2016.

The ‘Black Abolitionist’ project involves the harnessing of machine learning in order to search the British Library’s digitised newspaper collections to access black abolitionist speeches and performances that have never been discovered before. The project stems from Hannah-Rose’s PhD project, which focuses on African Americans in Britain during the nineteenth century and the myriad ways they resisted British racism.

For more information about this even; please click here


63) EACH ONE REACH ONE: EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCE 2016

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Date: Sat 5 November | Time: 10:00pm – 17:30pm | Venue: St Marks Community Centre, Tollgate Road, London E6 5YA | Hosts: /ECAF.UK | RSVP: here

Come and meet with fellow East and Central Africans living and working in the UK and Ireland with the sole aim of inspiring and empowering you. ecaf.uk.chair@gmail.com

The workshops at this conference will include:

  1. Careers in Faith (how to progress within faith organisations)
  2. Word Perfect (Personal effectiveness: standing out in 3 minutes)
  3. Health Matters (addressing prostate cancer)
  4. REAL TALK (teens and youth matters)
  5. Who do you think you are? (culture, identity and faith – how do you and others perceive you)
  6. Mind the Brain (how to maintain a health mind – what are the 5-a-day for a health mind?)

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64) MAKING THE UN INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT (IDPAD) WORK FOR US CONFERENCE

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Date: Sat 12th November | Time: 13:00pm – 16:00pm | Address: Unite The Union, 128 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN | Twitter@PeoplesMomentum | FB/PeoplesMomentum

Objectives of this important event are as follows:

A) how the Decade can enhance work African people and African-led organisations (UK & International) are already doing,

B) what we would like to come out of the UN’s IDPAD 2015-24 Resolution by highlighting specific outcomes,

C) Networking, hearing from and learning from what individual Africans and African-led organisations are doing or plan doing in furtherance of the  IDPAD 2015-24 Resolution.

Date: Saturday 12th November | Time: 1pm to 4pm | Venue: Unite The Union Building, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN |

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65) IS RELIGION FOR AFRICAN PEOPLE?

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Date: Thursday, 17th November | Time: 18:30pm to 21:30pm (GMT) | Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Phone: 020 3828 7129 | FB: /PanAfricanThought | Twitter@PanAfricanUK | Linkedin: /Centre-of-pan-African-thought | RSVPEventbrite

Another interesting debate and discussion hosted by Pan African Thought. The Centre of Pan African Thought is a digital library of videos, writings, and research on original and contemporary African thinking. It’s a learning hub of knowledge in which people of the global diaspora can connect with ideas around Pan African theory, culture, philosophy, politics, and science.  In this debate; discussions around christianity and it’s influence on the continent via the trans-atlantic slave trade continue

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66) STAND UP FOR REFUGEES: SOUTH LONDON STAND UP TO RACISM

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Date: Monday November 14th | Time: 7.00pm – 11.30pm | Venue: Brixton East. 100 Barrington Road London SW9 7JF | HostsStandUpToRacism | RSVPhere | TwitterAntiRacismDay | FB/StandUTR

We’re all about supporting African and non-EU refugees and migrants here at AfricanCB; and this is an event we hope to visit! A fantastic night of comedy featuring Andy Zaltzman, Johnny Cochrane, Tea Ilyas, Gina Overton and our lovely compere Candy Floss. The evening will start with a live acoustic music set from singer songwriter James Flett and dj Kitchen Tubby will be entertaining us on the decks. This is a benefit to raise money for the charities that have been working in the refugee camp in Calais.  The camp might have been bulldozed by the time of the benefit but the need for help and support will be even greater.

Doors open 7pm Comedy from 8pm. Admission: £10 (+ booking fee) / £8 concessions

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67) NATIONAL PENTECOSTAL SYMPOSIUM & CELEBRATION

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Date: Sat 26 November | Time: 09:30 – 20:30 | Venue: Kensington Temple, Kensington Park Road, London W11 3BY  | Hosts: Churches Together in England | Twitter: @ChurchesEngland | RSVP: here

This event will profile Pentecostalism in England – Classical, Neo-Pentecostal, Charismatics, Black, White, Asian, African, Caribbean, British – as a dynamic multi-ethnic, multi-denominational ecclesial stream; part of the whole church in its spiritual, social, economic and political missional life in this country.  It will feature Pentecostals while welcoming other Christians, people of other and no faith.

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*** FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS ***


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Date: Friday November 11th | Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Venue: Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT | HostsBlack History Walks | Facebook/BlackHistoryWalks | Twitter@BlackHistWalker | RSVP: here

A review of the scientific experiments and research performed on Black
people to refine various  drugs and medical treatments for use with white people. We also detail chemical and biological warfare.This presentation will draw on Harriet Washington’s book of the same name, various documentation from World War 1 and 2, Aboriginal history,  Vietnam, US Prisons, Porton Down, Ivory coast, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Australia, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya and South Africa

It will cover:

  • Piracy, Poisons and East Africa
  • Radioactive People: North Africa and the Pacific
  • Birth and Crowd Control: The South African Solution, Project Coast
  • National Security Memorandum 200
  • Vic Mackie and Congressional Inquiries
  • The ‘War on Drugs’, Haiti, Jamaica, USA
  • The Mau Mau, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan


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Talented Africans in London: 7 Reasons to visit East Ham Market Hall

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Just within a few hours strolling down here; I gladly conversed in English, French & Pidgin with Africans from all walks of life and countries. You’d be very surprised that I was completely unaware of a group of very dedicated and hard-working Africans in East Ham Market Hall. Walking from East Ham Station; you’d assume Indians, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Mauritians amongst pockets of Somali and Eastern Europeans dominate the High Street; but the odd turn right in the middle of nowhere there glares at you the entrance of East Ham Market Hall.

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Your Treats Cakes – Find out more about this amazing Bakery below

Angolan, Guinea Bissau, Congolese, Nigerians and Ghanaians alike – some who have resided in the community for more than 20 years humbly hardworking chipping away at their various passions conversing with clients and rather perplexed to see me with my laptop, notepad and photographer strolling through that I assume doesn’t get much attention to Londoners outside the borough of Newham. However; there’s something noble about these guys – many of them first Generation African Migrants, doing (unawares) what many of us remain rather hesitant to do – owning their own businesses and ‘keeping it moving’ with regards to trade and commerce – and hospitality too.

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The Multilingual Liberian Shop Owner behind this shop has an interesting story to share about how she ventured into clothing

I was privileged to be invited down by the vibrant and sociable manager Michelle; and the rest was literally me learning about a community within a borough that I had never knew existed. If you’re ever in around East Ham; do pay these talented guys a visit. At @AfricanCB; we’re all about promoting and supporting Black Businesses and Migrants across London.


MY KITCHEN: AFRO/CARIBBEAN STREET FOOD

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FB: /MyKitchenStreetFood | Email: mksf86@gmail.com | Phone: 07405 457615 | Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5.30pm | Address: Pilgrims Way, East Ham – E6 1HY

Great Food. Great Chef. And readily available to purchase on the streets of East Ham and beyond! I got chatting with Michael (the #GoodMan behind My Kitchen) and be expecting big things from these guys next year! Supperclubs, Food Popups across London and greater recognition of his food isn’t a matter of if – but when. Jerk Chicken, Lobster, Rice and Peas, Beef Stew, Lamb Curry and Plaintain are some but not all of the cuisines this talented chef can deliver.

” Kitchen is one of the best Afro-Caribbean Takeaway in the East London Area. The food from my Kitchen are one of the best that I have for a long time. The Curry Goad are the best that I have eating so far. The Chef Special are the Fish stew that everyone talk about.” (Customer Review)


UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL TAILORING SERVICES

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With a wealth of experience as a seasoned Tailor; Mr Hakeem makes all kinds of dresses for ladies, gents and children’s wears including embroidery and more

Contact: 07951638722/07448531221 | Email: salami.akeem45@gmail.com | Address: Unit 94, East Ham Market Hall, London E6 1HY

Mr Akeem is a man on a mission, very popular and in demand. The Charming dressmaker and menswear pro is very experienced and more than able to design and complete grooms Aso-Ebi clothing and bridal train wear also. Whether it’s classy evening African dresses, Lace and Ankara designs, Aso Oke on lace, satin designs, Ankara and Chiffon, Shoulder lace blouses and more; Mr Hakeem and the rest of the team are Reliable, Affordable and keep to deadlines!


YOUR TREATS CAKES

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Instagram: /YourTreatsBakery | Twitter: @YourTreats | FB: /YourTreats | Address: Unit E3 East Ham Market Hall, Myrtle Road, London E6 1HY | Phone: 0203 727 2587 | YouTube: /YourTreatsCakes | Email: info@yourtreats.co.uk

Lovely Family run business in Unit E3 here!  YourTreatsBakery ensure that every day they expand to a new ideaflavourtechnique to make fantastic cakes for your occasion. From soft moist Cakes, to delicate small cupcakes – and yes the KFC Tasty Chicken above is one of their own creations! Get in touch info@yourtreats.co.uk for your cake order. 


CATAH DRESSES

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Insta/CatahDresses | FB/CatahDresses | Email: info@catah.co.uk | Phone: 07541 622 138 | Address: Unit E2, East Ham Shopping Hall, Myrtle Road, London, E6 1HY

She may be Romanian; but this designer is certainly making a name for herself. I’ve met Catah Haghiac in person and her boutique carries some of the best collections of glamorous evening and prom dresses. Inspired by the biggest fashion shows. Catah’s mission and values are to give to all ladies the peace of mind when it comes to special occasions. East London’s diverse community of African women are also popular fans of Catah’s dresses;  checkout their instagram page to approve! For more info; get in touch via their details above.


CIO UNNIC TEXTILES

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Address: Unit 73-74 East Ham Shopping Hall, Myrtle Road, London E6 1HY | Phone 1: 07737115283 | Phone 2: 07404211159

Wonders indeed shall never end. Mrs. Magdaleen Ozurumba is the shop owner in Unit 73-74 here and is practically a seasoned and well experienced Seamstress and Boutique owner for over 25 years. CIO UNNIC TEXTILES are specialist in Afro-Caribbean Fashions; Laces, Georges, Super – wax Hollandis, Headties & Ready Made Unisex clothes at all affordable prices. Her designer machinist is available upon request and there are several fabrics on display in her shop. This place without doubt is the only place in East Ham where you can find these fabrics plus lots more at affordable prices.


ASHABI EXCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE

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Contact0208 586 8586  | Email: 

Why not try something different? Ashabi Fashion at East Ham Market Hall have a beautiful range of ladies clothes including jumpers, T-shirts, Africanwear, Long skirts, Matching bags and shoes and Jewellery. The delightful and hilarious shop owner also provides nose studs, body piercing, beads and a changing room before purchasing. Try on before you buy! They cater for sizes 10-26 at affordable prices.


ABUNDANT GRACE

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Address: Unit 103-105, East Ham Shopping Mall, London E6 1BY | Phone 1: 07506687635 | Phone 2: 07947260250

Yes this shop gave me memories of when I use to go shopping with my mum in Dalston and Peckham 2 decades ago; but here we are in Unit 103 in East Ham and this lovely lady Ms. Felicia Adenigba definitely lives up to her motto of delivering good “Service with a smile“. All the essentials of Nigerian, West African and Caribbean food items can be found here including including green banana’s, yams, okra, ackee and plenty of frozen fish. If that’s not enough; Herbs spices, Large bags of rice, dried fish and soup along with plantain will certainly leave customers with plenty to choose from and plenty to cook with. This general food store has a variety of unlimited food items.


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Email: neusa_marino@hotmail.com | Opening Times: Monday -Saturdays 11am – 6pm | Address: Myrtle Rd, London E6 1HY

This humble Guinea Bissau/Portuguese Shop in East Ham Market named Cafe delicious; consists of two hardworking women who sell various Spanish/Portuguese food items and serve excellent food within their humble corner hop. I was so hungry by the end of the time here that I popped in only to find the smiling Ms. Neusa tell me the canteen was closed as “We’re sold out.” That can only mean good news – in demand food means quick consumption. The Angolan, Cabo Verde, Guinea Equatorial and Bissau cluster certainly represent a growing community in London. Do get in touch with Ms. Marino at: neusa_marino@hotmail.com for further info.



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5 Gambian Restaurants and Food Joints to check out in London

Nous devons être un catalyseur en favorisant et en mettant en relief l’excellence artistique dans les collectivités africaines de toutes les régions du Royaume-Uni. Si tu aimerais que tes efforts soient mis evedette sur ce site, envoie-nous un courriel! africancultureblog@gmail.com | Cet poste est uniquement disponible en anglais pour le moment.



There’s a Gambian Food Stall that has opened up at Deptford Market; you can catch them there on Fridays and the weekends – I have forgotten their name (hope to update you guys soon) but I certainly haven’t forgotten to remind our community that there are a host of small-medium sized Gambian inspired supper clubs and food popup shops humbly scattered within London’s diverse African Food Joints Scene.

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Do checkout some who are not featured here such as Mai Ceesay and Ousman Mbye who are seasoned and very good Gambian sous chefs. There are more than 20 Gambian inspired foodie places in London actually and below are some of the Best Five that you can look forward to:


*** Feature: SMILING COAST FOODS ***

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Insta: /SmilingCoastFoodsLtd | FB: /SmilingCoastFoodsLtd | Address: 75 Green street, Upton Park, London, E7 8JF | Phone 1: 02085489752 | Phone 2: Tel: 07796935553 | Opening Times: Mon-Sun 9am-8pm

They have fresh arrivals of ‘Kabba’, Delicious Palm oil from Guinea and Bisaap Amut amongst others from their East Ham base. An essential Gambian supermarket based in the heart of East London – do pay them a visit and mention how you found out about them via this blog post. The staff are very friendly also – and they have a van that regularly travels to the midlands and north of the country to serve the community outside London – #Good on them =)


1) JAMMA REKK

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Insta: /JammaRekk | Twitter: @Jamma_Rekk | FB: /JammaRekk

Intriguing. Modern Gambian and Caribbean culinary experience with a twist. These guys are certainly all about “fun, rum and your tum!” Be expecting big things from these guys next year! Whether it’s rum-drenched plantain, egg hash, seafood and spices and a signature dish named: ‘Coucou and Flying Fish’; you can be sure not only to be an excited customer; but a returning customer. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram via the details above. Please retweet this tweet and do sign up to their newsletter here


2) PAPA SPICE

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Insta: /PapaSpice1 | FB: /PapaSpice1 | Twitter: @PapaSpice1 | Email: info@papaspices.com

Afro-Brit Cuisine, London based; and started by two Gambian brothers – what more can you ask for! Since launching in 2013 PaPa Spice have enjoyed sold out Pop Up restaurant events in popular artisan London hangouts in Angel Islington, Hoxton and Harrow Road enjoying upto 700 foodies per event. One of the goals of Lawrence and Farra Gomez is  is to make PaPa Spice a big success and be the first to give everyone the knowledge about AfroBrit cuisine. They are certainly well well on the way.


3) THE SENE GAMBIAN TAKEAWAY

Address: 267A High Street South, East Ham London, E6 3PG

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Yassa, Peanut Butter Lamb Stew and more are available within this humble corner shop style restaurant in East Ham. The service here is very friendly and the food even better. Lovely fresh flavours and cooked to perfection. This place is highly recommended for anyone looking for a good value and delicious meal. Really friendly staff too!


4) LITTLE BOABAB

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FB: /LittleBoabab | Email: littlebaobabuk@gmail.com | Phone: 07864947632
Probably the best Senegambia Supperclub in London and if not the country; Little Baobab quite simply put = rock. I’ve been there many times, Resident Chef Khadim is a man that knows what he’s doing when it comes to Thiébou dieune,Yassa, Maffé and more. Make sure you keep updated via their Facebook page to see when their next supper club will pop-up! Email littlebaobabuk@gmail.com or call 07864947632 to book your place! Yes; they’re originally Senegalese – but worthy of a place within this article amongst our Gambian brothers.

5) GAMBY SHACK

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Insta: /GambyShack | FB: /TheGambyShack | Opening Times: 12pm – 6pm Wednesdays to Sundays
This is Lamin (pictured above) who runs The Gamby Shack at Netil Market selling Gambian inspired food. He is Gambian and has lived in the uk for over 21 years. Find Lamin & Mo in their shack almost always, creating incredible and healthy Afro-Caribbean soul food. Open at lunchtimes throughout the week, there is no better value meal in Hackney.


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Soiree Tabaski 2016 Maliens de Londres : Malian Community in South East London

Nous devons être un catalyseur en favorisant et en mettant en relief l’excellence artistique dans les collectivités africaines de toutes les régions du Royaume-Uni. Si tu aimerais que tes efforts soient mis evedette sur ce site, envoie-nous un courriel! africancultureblog@gmail.com | Cet poste concerne La Soirée de Tabaski et de l’Indépendance du Mali organisée par le Conseil des Maliens du Royaume-uni le 1 octobre 2016 et est uniquement disponible en anglais pour le moment.



On a calm yet windy early evening in South London; sounds of music and laughter can be heard from afar in the SE15 district. Noises of children running around, Afrobeats, people driving on their way to or from respective community events and traffic on the main roads remind of familiar sight of Queens Road in Peckham.

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Picture (from left to right): Wilfred Wiley, Guest from France and Secretary General of Benso-Solidarité Abdramane Traoré

However, rather than attending another Nigerian, Ghanaian or Congolese event; a very small but growing African community was in town and is in town calling London and the UK it’s home. After receiving a warm invite from Mr. Wilfired Wiley (pictured above, on the left) on behalf of the Malian Community. All Malians were invited. I also came along; and the rest as they say’ was history.

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London’s Francophone African Community has often been dominated by Cameroonian, Ivorians and Congolese. In the last year however, whilst Gabonese and Guineans have been discovered in small pockets across the UK capital over the past five years; it’s the Malian community that I caught up with last week in South East London. The ambiance, colourful dresses, smiles and food was great and the dances, chivalry and lauaghter was clearly evident on show. Mali’s independence day falls on September 22; and earlier in the same month is the Tabaski celebration. ‘Tabaski’ is Mali and Senegal’s regional word for ‘Eid al-Adha’ (Festival of the Sacrifice), also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, which is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.

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Usually on this occasion in Mali; everything is closed and the festivities can last several days if the date corresponds with the proximity of a weekend. This depends on the lunar calendar. Whilst London’s night life scene and traffic on the way certainly wasn’t brought to closure on the night; the presence of beautiful tunics and other outfits (new) that are all Muslims wear on these festive days when traveling with friends to eat sheep reminded me of my native Niger Republic & Nigeria. The aura was ‘brotherly’ evident from our west African neighbors on this Saturday night.

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La fleur d’hibiscus séchée est à l’origine d’une boisson au goût acidulé, au parfum de fruit rouge, communément appelée bissap, karkadé ou « dah blény »

Music From Ali Farka Touré, Oumou Sangaré, Safi Diabete amongst others was played on the night. Bissau is a juice made with the hibiscus plant. Good Food, Colourful attire and my first tasting of the bissap drink was quite remarkable. This was a joint event organised by 2 Malian Associations in the UK: Benkan association, mainly based in Birmingham and beyond and Benso Solidarité , headed by Mr. Wilfired Wiley.

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Sighting of the traditional ‘Balani’ dance where the men gather on one side and the women on another in reference to the melody played by the balafon was performed in the rural manner. “This is the way we dance it.” Mr. Wilfred Willey made me aware – and rightly so. Balani refers to the southern Malian dance style of balafon usually played by an orchestra including drummers, that usually ends in a frenzied yet joyful breakdown. This is the music most associated with the Senufo and Minyanka, rather than the Mande (Bambara and Malinke) but can be seen throughout the south of the country. 
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“For those that are not in the know; the Malian community is small but growing. Whilst numbers officially and unofficially assume there are no more than 500 based in the UK; most Malians are based in South and South East London, with the second largest population found in Birmingham and area. The close knit community; though often reserved and conservative are well-organised and celebratory when it comes to national events and this was evident on the night.”

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At the start of the event; children played around as various games and activities were laid out for them as guests started to pour in. The official part started around 8pm. We had speeches by Mr. Wilfred Willey, the president and a representative of the other associations from Birmingham. Two guests from Paris, came especially to promote an insurance policy for Malian expats (living abroad and seeking to return home) and the other was a housing development project back home in Mali. The Malian national anthem was sung in French and Bambara. The party started. Food and drinks followed. Dances galore. And this little blog post was created as a result of their hospitality to me.

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For more information on the Malian Community in the UK; please visit our community article ‘Les Maliens du Royaume-Uni: Malian Community in London (2016)‘ and visit ‘Maliba Benkan‘and Conseil des Maliens du Royaume-Uni page.


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10 Couturièrs Africains hautement recommandés à Paris

OK; alors que nous savons qu’il existe nombreux tailleurs vivent à Londres, nombre d’entre eux sont plutôt difficiles à trouver. Certains travaillent chez eux, certains n’aiment pas utiliser les médias sociaux et les autres m’ont même dit << Je ne veux pas trop de clients! >>  Certains diront la situatioest semblable à Paris; néanmoins, les choses changent, lentement mais sûrement. Voici 10 couturières africaines basées à Paris que vous devriez savoir :


 *** Feature : Guirazzi ***

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Insta : /Guirazzi | FB : /Guirazzi Twitter : @Guirazzi | Linkedin : /Guirazzi | Vimeo : /GuirazziLTD

<< UNE LIGNE DE PRET-A-PORTER POUR LES FEMMES MULTICASQUETTES >>

Cette équipe de designers talentueux ont un principal object : de satisfaire vos besoinen étant fidèles à leurs principes de qualité, de design, de garantie et de service. La ligne a été pensée pour des femmes aux journées remplies et un brin anti-conformistes.

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1) Ecklectika

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FB : /Ecklectika-Location | Insta : /Ecklectika | Phone : 0033753308879 | E-mail : ecklectika@live.fr

Wow! Ils sont vraiment extraordinairesJe n‘en dirai jamais assez à propos de ces militaires et du travail acharné qu’ils accomplissent tous les jours. Les dessins et les stylistes africains comme Ecklektika sont une espèce menacée d’extinction.” On n’est pas besoin dparolesLeurs communications sont disponibles ci-dessus.

<< Comme son nom l’indique, nous avons puisée dans chaque culture afin de récupérer le meilleur de l’Afrique, de l’Inde, de l’Orient et de l’Occident afin de faire de vous une créature sublime. >>

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2) Issa Kante Couturier

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FB : /IssaKantaCouturier | Phone : 003376o366864

Créations sur mesure & d’après modèle : Robe, Jupe, Ensemble Veste, Jean, Pagne, Wax, Bazin, Crêpe, Satin, Coton, Soie Simili Cuir, Broderie, Perlage


3) Wazal Couture

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FB : /WAZAL-Couture | Twitter : @WazalCouture | Insta : /WazalCouture | Phone : +33 6 26 68 97 05

WAZAL COUTURE exprime un univers fashion sport dans une recherche permanente de matières, styles et créativité. Dans des mélanges de couleurs comme le noir, l’orange, le bleu, l’écru et divers imprimés, il y ajoute des touches de matières telles que le coton pur, le molleton, le jean, le wax, le milano, le cuir et de la fourrure synthétique sous divers motifs.

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4) Mademoiselle Blé

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TÉLÉPHONE: 06 68 30 72 97|  EMAIL : contact@mademoiselleble.fr | FB : /mademoiselleble | Insta : /madamoiselleble |

Mademoiselle Blé est une marque destinée aux petites filles âgées de 2 à 12 ans. Avec leurs deux collections par saison, ils proposent des pièces fortes qui allient modernité et élégance. Tous leurs modèles sont réalisés avec amour à Paris. La couturier , fort d’une expérience de 15 ans réalise chaque pièce avec rigueur et avec toute la passion qu’il a de la couture.

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5) Imane Ayissi

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FB : /ImaneAyissiFashion | Insta : /Imane_Ayissi | Twitter : @AyissiImane | Youtube : /Imane-Ayissi

<< Imane Ayissi Parallèlement il a mené une carrière de mannequin qui l’a fait défiler pour de grandes marques de luxe et de prêt-à-porter masculin comme Cardin >>

Imane Ayissi, dans sa ligne « Couture » comme dans la ligne prêt-à-porter, tentent de concilier des traditions et des réalités africaines avec la mode occidentale. Ses collections aux noms souvent évocateurs ( Ongwass, Idoutt, Mimbak ou Badjaga les les sorcières revendiques la couleur ) mélangent savoir-faire artisanal, matières et coupes africaines traditionnelles, mais aussi des « manières de faire » plus actuelles comme, le détournement, avec des matériaux modernes, des références à la Haute Couture parisienne et à la créativité contemporaine pour créer une mode à destination d’un public international. Depuis 2010 Imane Ayissi intervient régulièrement à l’Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) au sujet de son processus créatif et de ses références stylistiques.

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*** Feature : Nyanga Colors ***

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Nyanga Colors | FB : /NYANGAcolors | Twitter : @NyangaColors | A little Market : /Nyanga_Colors

6) Kory Wäde

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FB : /KoryWadeParis | Insta : /KoryWade_Paris | Twitter: @KoryWade_Paris | YouTube : /Kory Wäde | Tel : 07 52 80 49 07 | E-mail : contact@korywade.fr

KORY WÄDE Paris est une jeune marque parisienne qui a le désir de s’inscrire dans une tendance Ethnique et Chic ! Cette chaîne est dédiée aux activités de la marque Kory Wäde Paris. Jeune marque Afropéenne, moderne et chic crée en 2015, nous vous proposons des créations et accessoires originales.

Wax, Kente, Indigo, Bogolan, Bazin se meleront avec style à du cuir, du velours ou même du denim.

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7) Mazalay Couture

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FB : /MazalayCouture | Blog : /MazalayCouture | Téléphone 0033(1) 42 59 42 28 | Insta : /doc_fatifat

Dès l’âge de 16 ans Alexandre Zongo débute dans la couture masculine. C’est en se tournant par la suite vers la couture femme qu’il s’aperçoit que le vêtement féminin lui laisse tout le loisir de donner libre cours à sa créativité.
Après avoir fait ses preuves en Afrique, il refuse de se reposer sur ses lauriers et s’installe à Paris en 1985 comme assistant de Chris Seydou, premier couturier africain récompensé par le Dé d’Or de la couture française. Il intègre alors l’Ecole de modélisme et de stylisme Lainé, puis celle de Jeoffrin Byrs.
Alexandre exerce son savoir-faire pendant de nombreuses années au sentier, puis s’établit plus tard à la Goutte d’or où il monte son atelier et crée sa marque  » Mazalay Couture ».

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8) Boutique Macina

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E-mailboutique-macina@hotmail.fr | FB : /MacinaMacina | Téléphone : 0142595051 | E-mail :  boutique-macina@hotmail.fr

D’accord. Macina est une créatrice de mode d’origine Malienne et Sénégalaise. 1968 – Passionnée de mode elle quitte son Sénégal natal pour Paris à tous justes 18 ans avec une idée en tête : marier les matériaux et textiles africains à la mode européenne, l’ethnic-chic est né. S’en suivent de nombreux défilés, des collaborations avec de grands noms de la mode en Europe, en Afrique du Sud et aux Antilles. 2013- Les imprimés sont à la mode les plus grandes stars portent des tenues confectionnées avec des tissus à imprimés Africains et l’ethnic-chic se démocratise !

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9) Nefer Officiel

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Insta : /neferofficiel | FB : /neferbydanieltohou | E-mail : contact@nefer.fr

NEFER est le vent de créativité qui souffle aujourd’hui dans l’univers du LUXE et la HAUTE COUTURE pour homme. Cette nouvelle maison de couture masculine revalorise le savoir-faire tailleur en y mêlant sa touche d’originalité.
Daniel TOHOU, cet homme au parcours singulier, est un passionné. Son expérience passe par des marques de prêt-à-porter pour homme au lancement de sa propre marque ASH MEN jusqu’à sa formation à l’école de tailleur AFT (Association Formation Tailleur). Après avoir mis à l’œuvre ses compétences dans de grandes maisons telle que SMALTO ou LANVIN, il décide de créer sa propre vision du style masculin. Une vision empreinte de créativité, de culture et de tradition. L’homme by Daniel TOHOU se dessine sous les traits de l’élégance, de la liberté et de l’émancipation des codes à travers ces modèles de veste symbole de l’allure masculine.

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10) DBN BAZIN

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Téléphone0033(6) 28 73 49 12 | Emplacement : Paris | Insta: /dbn_bazin | FB: /DbnBazinDoubaiNoumouke

Doubai Noumouké Jeune Créateur désigner, Styliste dans le domaine du tissu africain nommé le Bazin. Modèles prêt-à-porter, Création de style de jeux de couleur pour un ensemble qui vous mettra en valeur.

“Le plaisir de porter” | Notre priorité “QDS” | Qualité/ Délai / Satisfaction

Les créations du styliste guadeloupéen Kevin O’brian pour hommes et femmes à voir dans sa boutique EPYSOD Le Boudoir.


*** Feature : Africouleur ***

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FB : /Africouleur | Insta: /Africouleur | Pinterest : /Africouleur | E-mail : ferouz@africouleur.com

La boutique de mode africaine et parisienne de la styliste Férouz Allali.

Africouleur est une petite boutique africaine et parisienne, qui vous propose ses collections originales de mode africaine ethnique et chic, réalisées en Afrique de l’Ouest, en partenariat avec des artisans togolais et ghanéens.
La styliste Férouz ALLALI crée des vêtements africains aux coupes modernes et du linge de maison, réalisés en tissus africains traditionnels : basin teinté, wax, splash.
Vous trouverez également à la boutique des bijoux en perles de verre recyclée et de bronze du Ghana, des bijoux touareg, de l’artisanat et des objets de décoration d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

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 Pour obtenir d’autres renseignements sur les couturières africaines basées à Paris ;  visitez Chez Pagnifik ou L’Annuaire des Couturiers Africains. Voir l’article sur le sujet : Best 50+ African Tailors and Seamstresses in London (2017)


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LALI London: Beautifully Tailored Dresses with an Afrocentric Twist

Nous devons être un catalyseur en favorisant et en mettant en relief l’excellence artistique dans les collectivités africaines de toutes les régions du Royaume-Uni. Si tu aimerais que tes efforts soient mis evedette sur ce site, envoie-nous un courriel! africancultureblog@gmail.com


Born out of her passion to design clothing that makes women feel confident and proud of their own unique body shapes, LALI London takes exceptional pride in a bespoke service that provides made-to-measure designs especially for you. Our AW16 collection is out now with 4 base designs to choose from and custom orders available. Catch them on Instagram or contact them at; info@lalilondon.co.uk for more information.

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Insta: /LaliLondonltd | Twitter: @LaliLondonLtd | Enquiries: info@lalilondon.co.uk

It’s not common you hear of women dedicated to producing haute couture and ready-to-wear women’s clothing with a modern Afro-Caribbean aesthetic; but that’s exactly what Creative Director Seyi London envisioned when she set up LALI London in 2012. Elegant, modest and stunningly stylish bespoke womenswear is customised to suit you. Here are three reasons you should check out LALI London:


1. LALI London know what looks good, and more importantly what will suit you

 

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If you want bespoke clothing; not only are Seyi’s designs capable – she’ll let you know what works best for you and your body shape. Women who want and need to dress with effortless elegance and most importantly a perfect fit – can look no further.


2. When you go bespoke, you become a walking advertisement for your tailor, they obviously want you to look the best possible

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Not many tailors want this point mentioned; but it’s a fact. Tailors glow when satisfied customers glow in their tailor made dresses. LALI London ticks the bill with their designs. The 4 designs of their AW16 collection is already out and you won’t be disappointed. A bespoke service is also available upon request.


3. Dress that are crafted to fit your unique lifestyle with fabrics that suit your climate, and cuts complimentary to physical activity even how you sit or stand make a statement

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LALI London do exactly that – their designs give you confidence. T H E . R A I . D R E S S (pictured) for example is made in rich matte satin this dress is available in a variety of colours and can be customised to suit you.


The brand advocates for women’s human rights and creates greater awareness of social justice and development issues. Find out more about the good work they do here


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