50 Events African Londoners can look forward to in January 2017


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January! A new Year and New Beginnings! Seasons greetings and God’s Grace to all! Within this rather rushed piece are 50+ Events spanning from African-themed Poetry, Networking, Art, Training Courses, Workshops and Investment Summits that you may want to check out this month. Apologies that the listings in this edition are not categorised; end-of-year into beginning-the-year transitions require time away from typing; as I assume many are aware.

Q: What can Londoners look forward to in 2017?



Do Checkout the Faaji Sundays! Coming to London in 2017; London’s trendiest ‘Bottomless Drunch’ event! Celebrating the best of West Africa. Delicious Food, Amazing People and CORRECT FAAJI 🇬🇧🇳🇬 Follow them on: Insta: /FaajiSundays |  Twitter: @Faaji_Sundays & FaceBook: /FaajiSundays


This month we have networking events and high scale investor workshops but there are not many African Supperclubs this month; may be our good chefs need a break? I’ll be expecting a few things from them soon! Moving on; Enquiries on how your event can be listed in subsequent events posts should be forwarded to africancultureblog@gmail.com. Voila!


[For the Next Generation]


Date: Saturday 7th January (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


(Early Feb 2017 Event, But Still…)


Date: Thu 2 Feb  | Time: 18:30 – 21:30pm | Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way London, WC1A 2TH | Twitter: @PanAfricanUK | FB: /PanAfricanThought | Eventbrite: here

Black, what a strange term, an identifier that focuses solely on colour but says nothing of it’s historical roots. A colour that has been easy to appropriate into something trendy, something to boast about, or as Lionel Higgins put it “a lifestyle standard made of assumptions about black identity” that’s used by marketers, studio heads, fashion brands and music labels to make money” (Simien, 2014). To be black means to act according to a set of norms determined by middle aged Caucasians from the land of the not so free, from the corporate machines who apply the mechanisms of globalisation?

Join the Centre Pan-African Thought for another intriguing debate, and determine as this house would submit, we do away with this commercialised subculture filled with an artificial knowledge of self?

For more info; please click here


[Women of Colour]


Date: Sat 21 Jan | Time: 13:00pm – 17:30pm |  Venue: The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard#2A, White Post Lane E9 5EN | Hosts: For Women of Colour | Insta:  /fwoc | Twitter: @FWOCuk | Eventbrite: here

For Women Of Colour was launched in 2015. Being second generation in the UK, organisation director – Leonia felt there was a need for a new platform that allowed Black British girls and women of her generation to interact and share their experiences away from their computer screens.  Lights, Camera, No Action? – The Representation of Black Women in British Media, is the first of three panel discussions in their “Let’s Talk About” series. The event will bring together a host of women who work in media from writers, to online content creators, singers, journalists and more for a day of honest discussion, lessons and networking.

FWOC will lift the lid on what it is really like to be a young black woman trying to make it into a variety of professions within the media industry. They will also be discussing the support or lack of support shown by the men in our community, try to understand why Black British culture profits everyone but the Black British woman and more!

For more info; please click here




Date:Thu 26 Jan | Time: 18:30 – 22:00pm | Venue:  The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7BB | Host: Yvonne Onimi – Dream Activator | Twitter: @YvonneOnimi | Eventbrite: here

Good lady Yvonne helps  success-seekers and big-dreamers activate and live unstoppable lives. As nothing is impossible to achieve through consistent action with faith and self belief as the word impossible doesn’t exist. So if you’re looking for a new woman’s group to join – look no further! 

So it’s my mission to empower my clients to live extraordinary lives as we are all phenomenal human beings who all have a purpose on this amazing planet. . So lets start today by making a decision that will allow us to live the rest of our lives as Champions not Victims .

For more info; please click here


(Fitness + Good Cause)


Date: Sat, January 21 | Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Venue: Victoria Park, Pavillion cafe London E9 7DE | FB: /ZaikohOfficial | Insta: /zaikohofficial | Twitter: @ZaikohOfficial | Eventbrite: here

 Inspired by Afrika! Join them on their journey to a healthy and active life where fashion and culture unite! Z A I K O H 🇨🇩 L O N D O N 🇬🇧

Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit.

But did you know that regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, boost your mood and keep your weight under control?

What is AFRORUN?

AFRORUN is a 5K running awareness plan developed to celebrate natural Afro textured hair and promote melanin empowerment. AFRORUN is for absolute beginners to get into running. The beginners’ running plan was developed by Zaikoh to help get those our community to get off the couch and start running. The plan involves one run a week, with a different running location every 3 months.

For more info; please click here

6) BLACK GIRLS BOOK CLUB PRESENTS: Black girls are magic brunch II

(Book Club Brunch)


Date: Sat 28 January 2017 | Time: 11:30 – 17:00pm | Venue: Secret Location | Hosts: Black Girls Book Club | Email: bgbcuk@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

BGBOOKCLUB is incredibly proud to announce that after the runaway success of our very first black girls are magic book club brunch we are presenting part two!

The topic of discussion we will be the extraordinary classic I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by the incomparable Maya Angelou.

In the spirit of traditional book clubs we will be sending copies in advance – giving you opportunity to read (or for some of you reintroduce and revisit) the story and get to know the fantastic characters

You will receive the book and menu choices within 3 weeks of registration.

For more info; please click here



Date: Tue 10 Jan | Time:  18:00pm – 21:30pm | Venue:  Cotton’s Rhum Shack (inside Boxpark), 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, #48-49 London E1 6GY | Hosts: BPU Europe | FB:/BPUeurope | Twitter: @BUP_Europe | Eventbrite: here

BPU are a thriving community committed to connecting Black Professionals across Europe. Right here in London, Bethnal Green to be precise – Good Lady Michelle and her team will be hosting this special evening. They are  committed to successfully connecting professionals across London, through intellectual discussion + networking:

6PM – 7PM: Meet & Greet

7PM – 8PM: Ice Breaker Games

8PM – 8.30PM: Spotlight

8.30PM – 9.30PM: Casual Networking

* Spotlight: We give our guests the opportunity to share news about opportunities that may benefit the rest of the group.

By attending, you can expect to “rub shoulders” with some of the most trailblazing black professionals that London (UK) has to offer you. Michelle

For more info; please click here



Date: 11 Jan 2017 | Time: 7pm – 22pm | Venue: Kensington Close Hotel, Wright Lane W8 5SP London | Insta: /someetup | Twitter: @SoMeetup | FB: /someUK | Eventbrite: here

Calling all foodies, feeders, wannabe-cooks, kitchen novices and fine-diners alike.  Social MeetUp aka SoMeetUp is London’s new meetup scene for social media influencers and brands.  Each event they invite influencers with different passions. To share, network and make social smarter.


• Host-duo Chessie King & Steph Elswood

• Speaker Ben Carter, Marketing Director Just Eat UK

• Speaker Ching He Huang @CHINGHEHUANG

• Speaker Serena Lee from @VEGANSOFLDN

• Smarter Tomorrow speaker Clément Scellier, founder Jimini`s

• Q&A


For more info; please click here



Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 | Time: 20:30pm | Venue: Online Course | Website: learngatwi.co.uk | Email: nii@learngatwi.co.uk | FB: /GaTwiLessons | Eventbrite: here

Have you been thinking about learning Twi / Ga and thought you are too late? Or simply too busy to travel anywhere for lessons? Don’t worry, you have not missed your opportunity. They are now turning our thoughts to the Autumn learning for Twi and Ga learners.

The team have been putting together exiting things to aid your learning this year. Advertising has already started to spark interest in the courses they offer, so don’t let another opportunity pass you by.

For more info; please click here



Date: Tue, Jan 17th | Time: 6:30pm (six workshops) |  Venue: The Poetry Translation Centre, 2 Wardrobe Place London EC4V 5AH | Host: Poetry Translation Centre | FB: /PoetryTranslation | Twitter: @PoetryTranslate | YouTube: /PoetryTranslate | itunes: here | Phone: 020 7324 5150 | Eventbrite: here

The Poetry Translation Centre has been running poetry translation workshops for over ten years, bringing together poets, translators and enthusiasts to uncover poets from around the world and bring their work into English. To date they have translated 440 poems from 28 languages. PTC translate contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America to a high literary standard by pairing poets with translators and through our unique poetry translation workshops.

This next season of Poetry Translation Workshops starts in January and they’d love you to join them. They will be working with a mix of new and returning translators on poems from China, Iran, Kenya, Cuba, Thailand and India. Award winning UK poet Clare Pollard will be returning as facilitator for this season.

For more info; please click here



Date: Fri 20 Jan | Time: 18:00pm – 20:30pm | Venue: St Bride Foundation, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ | Hosts: The Hunger Project UK | FB: /TheHungerProjectUK | Email: sophie.noonan@thp.org | Phone: 07525 443 068 | Twitter: @theHungerProjectUK | Linkedin: /in/The-Hunger-Project-UK | Eventbrite: here

The Hunger Project UK is delighted to welcome you to The Unleashed Women Baking Challenge, Tea Party & Auction to:

  • Celebrate the amazing achievements of our partners in Latin America, South Asia and Africa and honour the six epicentres in Ghana, Malawi and Uganda that have declared themselves self-reliant;
  • Meet and connect with our Unleashed Women Ambassadors and key speakers;
  • Take part in an exclusive Auction and Raffle.

Join them to encourage and support their Ambassador Baking Challengers as they compete in cake-decorating challenges, taste their creations and vote to crown the Unleashed Baker of the event.

There will be plenty of bubbly, canapés and of course freshly baked cakes.

Please see their event page for more details.



Date: Tue 17 Jan | Time: 18:30 – 21:00 | Venue: Park Plaza County Hall, 1 Addington Street, London SE1 7RY | FB: /GroExpo | Twitter: @GroExpo | Linkedin: /in/GroExpo

$200Million plus flows out of the Nigerian economy in pursuit of potato chips to be imported into the country yearly. Like the billionaire investor Warren Buffet likes to quote: when the tide goes out you soon discover who has been swimming naked.

Early part of 2016, this made the headliness, KFC runs out of french fries in Nigeria. Note that this situation here is only the tip of the iceberg.  GroExpo is a forward thinking private equity group servicing the financial needs of its numerous individual and business partners across the different industries they operate. This month; they are hosting this session that give insight into Nigeria’s potato industry. They have identified that the potato value chain is impressive and there is an opportunity to capitalise. So they engaged in a succesful proof of concept and they are now looking to scale up but first figured it would be wise to share our story and expose others to the space and opportunity.

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Date: Tue 17 Jan | Time: 11:45am – 14:00pm | Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG | Hosts: Business Council for Africa

2016 has been a year of transition for Nigeria, as the business environment has struggled with a slump in oil and shortages of foreign currency and power. According to the IMF this could cause the economy to shrink 1.7 percent this year. Prompting the private and public sectors to diversify the economy to create new avenues for economic growth.

The Nigeria 2017 briefing will provide an overview of Nigeria’s current macroeconomic position and discuss the political, economic and commercial prospects for the country in the year ahead.

(BCA Members: Please register for this event by clicking ‘Get Tickets’ and then ‘Enter Promotional Code’ to register for your place without charge. Please contact susanjones@bcafrica.co.uk to receive your code)

For more info; please click here



Date: Wed 11 Jan | Time: 18:30 – 21:00pm | Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG | Hosts: The British Council, The Royal African Society & the Centre of African Studies, University of London | Eventbrite: here

Across the continent, vibrant political and social movements emerged, largely driven by Africa’s rising young populations. This demographic also makes up the majority of migrants leaving the continent as well as much of the force behind Africa’s rising prominence in global cultural production in fields as diverse as film, art and music. How are these creative sectors growing and innovating? What impact will these social, cultural and political movements have in 2017?

The event will be followed by a networking reception in the Brunei Suite.


Patrick Smith, Chief Editor, The Africa Report & Editor, AfricaConfidential

Razia Khan, Head of Africa Research, Standard Chartered

Njoki Ngumi, Nest Collective

Dr Chuks Okereke, Professor in Environment and Development, University of Reading

Chair: Zeinab Bedawi, Broadcaster & chair of the RAS

For more info; please click here



Date: Sat, Jan | Time: 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Venue: Durning Hall Community Centre, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AB | Hosts: Bantu Arts | Facebook: /bantuarts | Insta: /BantuArts | Twitter: @BantuArts | Email: info@bantuarts.co.uk | Phone: 07886414531 Eventbrite: here

Bantu Arts is a UK registered production company since 2013 with an aim to bridge the gap between skilled and unskilled by providing a positive, reliable and sustainable platform from which some of Africa’s many talented artists can earn a living and share their unique skills and creativity with the rest of the world. Their philosophy is to give Africa an identity and a footprint on the world through stories, dance, music, and drama.

For more info; please click here



Date: Sat 7 Jan | Time: 12:00pm – 17:00pm |Venue: The Hoxton Basement, 12-18 Hoxton Street London N1 6NG | Hosts: Tress Free | FB: /TressFreee | Twitter: @TressFree | Insta: /TressFree | Eventbrite: here

Tress Free is the UK’s first Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty booking platform and online marketplace.

For more info; please click here


Date: Tue 10th Jan | Time: 08:30am – 10:00am | Venue: Control Risks, Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane London SE1 2QG | Hosts: Business Council for Africa

The Business Council for Africa (BCA) & Control Risks are pleased to host a breakfast roundtable on doing business in Côte d’Ivoire. Average real growth hit 8.5% annually 2012- 2015, a new National Development Plan (NDP) is in place for 2016- 2020 under President Alassane Ouattara’s renewed leadership and there’s been a significant decline in poverty over recent years. So what are the opportunities and challenges for businesses operating or looking to invest in the country today and what can we expect for the future?

Join Valentin Robiliard of Control Risks and Liliane Attoungbre, The BCA’s In-Country Representative in Côte d’Ivoire for an informal and interactive discussion on the outlook for the Côte d’Ivoire market in the near to medium future.

For more info; please click here



Date: Sat, 21 Jan & Sun, 22 Jan | Time: 19:00pm – 23:00pm | Venue: Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BY | Eventbrite: here

Indie Revolutionary Releasing is proud to bring to the UK a series of screenings of political thriller Mona (2016) by Anthony Abuah. Based on true events, the film focuses on the life of a female assassin who attempts to assassinate the Portuguese Prime Minister during a state visit to London in 1973. Mona has been well recieved in 2016 playing at numerous international festivals and recieving seveeral accolades including the Grand Prize at the prestigious Luxor African Film Festival. The cast which includes Marlene Abuah (Dr Who, Sugar Rush), Jonathan Hansler (currently performing in Stephen Jeffreys’ The Libertine, Haymarket Theatre), David Avery (BBC’s The Night Manager, Border Line) and Summer of Love singer and actor Lonyo Engele (A.D., The Bible).

Subsequent screenings will be as follows:

Monday, 23rd January 2017, 6pm + Q & A

Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 6pm

Wednesday, 25th January 2017, 6pm

Thursday, 26th January 2017, 6pm + Q & A

For more info; please click here



Date: Thu 17th Jan | Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Venue: Moo, 20 Farringdon Road London EC1M 3HE | Hosts: Black.Girl Tech & My Tribe London | Insta: /blackgirl.tech | FB: /blackgirltech | FB: /MyTribeLondon | Twitter: @MyTribeLondon | Eventbrite: here

blackgirl.tech and Tribe have teamed up to bring you a killer workshop to kickstart 2017! Talking about your salary can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. Well, we’re here to help. This workshop is designed to coach you through negotiating your salary, whether you’re a freelancer or an employee, the content from this workshop will help you know how to get the most money for your skillset. Black graduates earn less than their white counterparts with the same credentials, so join us in changing that.

The workshop will be led by Yvonne Guobadia, a business analyst who runs her own company. She has worked for King’s College London, UCL, Amnesty International and many more prestigious orgnaisations.

“This event is for black women & non-binary people only, if you’re not a black woman but would like to attend, please come along with a black woman friend who will benefit from the workshop. A £5 deposit is payable and will be refunded back to you once attendance has been confirmed.”

For more info; please click here



Date: Sat 21 Jan | Time: 14:00pm – 21:00pm | Venue: The Brewhouse, 369-370 Helmsley Pl, Hackney E8 3SB | Hosts: Cams X Bikes | FB: /CamsXBikes | Insta: /CamsXBikes | Eventbrite: here

Cams X Bikes and Chop X Beats will be bringing you your first chill ‘up session of 2017. On the 21st of January, we’ll be celebrating culture in our usual style with food, music and games, plus a live screening of the Africa Cup of Nations!! 

From 2 pm til 9 pm, come on by and sample some of made with love authentic West African cuisine. Available to purchase on the day will be a range of tantalising dishes – from our most famous Mama’s Jollof to our soft and ripe, sweet fried plantains, plus much more to keep your belly full!

The kitchen is open from 2 pm – 6.00pm, so arrive early!

For more info; please click here



Date: Sat 7 January | Time: 13:30pm – 18:30pm | Venue: GM International, Unit 2 First Floor, Movement House, Hertford Road, Barking IG11 8DY | Hosts: Nigerian Diaspora Security Forum | Site: here | Eventbrite: here

Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum is a network of security consultants based in the United Kingdom of Nigerian heritage. For further information about NDSF, visit their website at http://www.nigeriadiasporasecurityforum.uk and send them an email at info@ndsf.uk

How does Brexit affect the Africa Diaspora Community in the United Kingdom from a security, economic and immigration perspective?

There have been a gradual increase in the number Africans residing the United Kingdom since the 1990s from British born to economic migrants. Black residents constituted around 3 per cent of the United Kingdom’s population in 2011. The figures have increased from just under 1.15 million residents in 2001, or 2 per cent of the population, to just over 1.9 million in 2011.

So what does Brexit mean to the community and how would it affect the community?

Come and listen to seasoned experts from the community provide their perspective on the matter. It would be an interactive event with lots of opportunity to ask questions and provide your own opinion on the issue of BREXIT.

For more info; please click here



Date: Sat 28 Jan | Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm | Venue: Prendergast Vale College, Elmira Street, London SE13 7BN | Hosts: Greenwich Pantry | FB: /GreenwichPantry | Twitter: @GreenwichPantry | Email: info@greenwichpantry.com. | Phone: 0794.356.1351 | Eventbrite: here

Hosted by their Cook & Eat team, sessions are filled with global tastes. From French cooking to Asian and African cooking. Sessions are fun, social and personally rewarding. You’ll learn to be ‘hostess with the mostess’ as you brush up on your cookery skills. Their cookery club sessions will bring you into a new and exciting world of culinary delights you can replicate easily at home, at work or anywhere you fancy. Our classes are informative and relaxing. Everyone gets involved and you’ll enjoy a delicious meal together or a take home pack.

16/12 – BRITISH

28/01 – ITALIAN

25/02 – AFRICAN

18/03 – TURKISH

Sessions can be booked in blocks of three at a discounted rate. Please call or text 0794 3561 351 with your enquiry. You can also email on info@greenwichpantry.com

Book now and join the Greenwich Pantry foodie tribe. See you there!

For more info; please click here



Date: (North London Course Dates) Thursday 19th January 2017 to Thursday 14th September 2017 from 7pm to 9pm (South London Course Dates) Tuesday 17th January 2017 to Tuesday 12th September 2017 | Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue(North London): Parish Room at St Michael’s Church, Bounds Green Road, London, N22 8HE. Nearest Tube Station: Wood Green (3 minutes walk away). Free Parking available on site (South London): Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT. 3 minutes walk from Pimlico Tube Station (Victoria Line). Free on street parking after 6.30pm | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter@BlackHistStudies | Facebookblack.historystudies | Insta/BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube/Black-History-Studies | Linkedin/in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google +

Introduction to Black Studies Course is a 30 week beginner’s course that analyses all the major areas of the Black Experience – the History, the Politics, the Psychology, the Science & Technology, the Arts, and finally, the Religion. All of the information is selected to be of relevance and interest to the Black Community. The information itself is designed to inspire, challenge and to provoke serious thought.

The course is a highly accessible 30 week programme but it is also rigorous and content laden. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject areas, but the adult student is taken through an avalanche of information. Reading lists and also course materials are provided

For more info; please click here



Date: Mon 30 Jan | Time: 13:30pm – 16:30pm | Venue: Voluntary Action Islington; 200A Pentonville Road London N1 9JP | Hosts: CML Consultants | Twitter: @CML_Consultants | Phone: 0113 278 7455 | Eventbrite: here

A practical, interactive workshop giving expert hints and tips to help you turn a good bid into a great bid from the funder’s perspective. 

A common reason for unsuccessful bids is that the funder reading it is not clear what you are trying to do and what benefits the work will have. This workshop focuses on writing your grant proposal in a clear, concise and convincing way. It takes you through a step-by-step process in order to achieve this. The workshop also tackles other key elements of the bid that will improve its quality, such as your timeline of activities, budget and awkward questions about sustainability.

For more info; please click here



Date: Fri 20 Jan | Time: 18:15 – 19:00 | Venue: Fitness First Platinum (Inside Liverpool street station) Opposite platform 17 | London EC2M | Insta: /JessyDanceFit | Twitter: @JessyDanceFit | FB: /FitChicksAcademy | Eventbrite: here

Learn genuine Jamaican and Afro steps with Jessy! She is Dance, Yoga and Strength Pro! The Multi-lingual Londoner who hails from France 🇫🇷 & Capo Verde is an Interactive Personal Health, Fitness & Well-being coach! This workout featuring rhythms from Jamaica and Ragga Dancehall is a sexy style, empowering and expressive. Throughout the 6 weeks courses Jessy will be teaching Jamaican and Afro moves and will build you to a full dance routine step by step.

The course will start the 06 January and finish on the 10th February every Friday at 6:15pm. It all about having fun! Checkout my Instagram @Jessydancefit for more videos. Jessy

For more info; please click here



Date: Thu 5 Jan | Time: 19:30 – 23:00pm | Venue: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE | Hosts: Black British Girlhood | Insta: /blackbritishgirlhood | FB: /blackbritishgirlhood | YouTube: /black-british-girlhood | Blog: /tumblr | Email: blackbritishgirlhood@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

A night to reminisce, chat and jam whilst watching great black tv shows from the 90s. Black British Girlhood will be screening a few episodes of Living Single and Desmond’s season one. A conversation after the screening discussing the themes featured in the TV Show such as friendship, family, adult life as black women and community and more!! Come through on the 5th of January!! Do remember that this is a Tickets only event!!

Black British Girlhood is a project by Bekke Popoola, Olivia Mathurin-Essandoh and Kariima Ali.  Sharing, celebrating and archiving our presence. Creating.

For more info; please click here



Date: Thu 2 February | Time: 09:00am – 15:00om | Venue: Saint John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Milton CB4 0WS | Eventbrite: here

This is an intensive and interactive one-day masterclass which introduces delegates to the essential pathways for growing your business into a variety of African markets. Key contacts from the Africa Business Group will be on hand to outline different markets including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Botswana, South Africa and more.

Leading the discussions will be Kevin Korgba MD of ETK Group who are excellently placed to give advice on market entry, James Houston from Nigeria British Chamber, Business Council Africa and Asoko Insight.

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Date: Sat 28 January | Time: 10:30pm – 17:00pm | Venue: Church Hall, 47 Cumberland Street, London SW1V 4LY | Hosts: Africa Secretariat | Linkedin: /in/AfricaSecretariat | Twitter: @AfroTourism | FB: /AfricanTourismMarket | Eventbrite: here

A unique event and exhibition for African Tourism Businesses to interact with Birtish Tourism Specialists and British tourists in the nice neighbourhood of Pimlico in Westminster. Exhibitors that specialise in the African market will be able to showcase their products and services. It is the first event that will exhibit:

Jobs in the African Tourism Sector both in the UK and in Africa from the exhibitors | Business opportunities in the African Tourism Market – Business to business opportunities | Help in starting a Tourism business related to Africa from the Exhibitors that special in business development | British Tourism businesses seeking African partners – Opportunities for African Diaspora | British Tourism Technology providers seeking to expand to Africa | African inbound Tourism into the UK market | Africa Food tourism – Touring African food market in the UK from the Exhibitors | African Art tourism | Touring African Art available in the UK from the Exhibitors | African music tourism – African Dance and music groups available for events | African Fashion tourism – African Fashion designers in the UK promoting the African culture

For more info; please click here

*** Checkout: CULTURE TREE ***


Hosts: Culture Tree TV | Insta: /CultureTreeTV | FB:/CultureTreeTV | Twitter: /CultureTreeTV | YouTube: /CultureTree | Email: culturetreeuk@gmail.com

These guys make learning Yoruba easy! Their mission is to teach children Yoruba language through popular nursery rhymes, folk songs, stories, games and other educational materials.

27) Patrick McAuslan Lecture 2017 from Justice D Moseneke


Date: Fri 20 January | Time: 18:00pm – 19:30pm | Venue: Common Room, Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane LONDON WC2A 1PL | Hosts: School of Law, Birckbeck | Twitter: @BirckbeckLaw | Eventbrite: here

Rule of Law, Social Justice and Education – the crisis of the social transition from apartheid to democracy

Judge Moseneke is distinguished for his commitment to the rule of law, social justice, democracy and accessible education. The judge’s link to access to education is poignant. He was educated while serving a prison sentence on Robben Island, together with his friend Nelson Mandela, for opposing Apartheid. Judge Moseneke has served in South Africa’s Constitutional Court, both as the Court’s Deputy Chief Justice and Acting Chief Justice. 2017 marks 25 years since the establishment of the Birkbeck School of Law, an institution with a mission to combine excellence in teaching and research, with access to education. To mark this milestone the School’s Annual Patrick MacAuslan Lecture on January 20th 2017 will be given by the eminent South African judge Dikgang Moseneke. Judge Moseneke will lecture on Rule of Law, Social Justice and Education – the crisis of the social transition from apartheid to democracy.

For more info about this event – please click here



Date: Mon 9 Jan | Time: 18:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference, 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2E | FB: /FelaDurotoye | Twitter: @FelaDurotoye | Eventbrite: here

Fela Durotoye is an astute speaker, consultant and nation building expert. Well known across Africa, the UK and other parts of the world, Fela has won several awards for his witty business transformations and people building.

Get your 2017 up to a great start with this Live Interactive session with Africa’s premiere Leadership Expert

For more info about this event – please click here



Date: Sat, January 21 | Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Venue: Harrow Mencap, 1st floor (ring Harrow In Business/HealthWatch buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow HA1 3EX | Hosts: Black British Music Congress & Aboken Awards | Eventbrite: here

Are you an aspiring musician? Do you want to work in the music industry?

If you don’t know your MU from your PPL, your PRS from your VPL, or your BPI from your AIM, then this master-class is for you!

If you want to know more about your options for developing a career and generating an income for yourself through your passion for music – then this master-class is for you!

This course amalgamates most of our short music industry courses (excluding Preparing A Music Business Plan Workshop). It shows how the music industry works, in order to join the dots by understanding the various careers within the music industry, the functions of the key industry organisations, income streams, and rights.

For more info about this event – please click here



Date: Friday 27th Jan | Time: 18:00pm til late | Venue: Crowne Plaza London, The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB | Hosts: MoveBackToNigeria | Facebook: /MBTNGlobal | Twitter: @MBTNGlobal | Eventbrite: here

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.

For more info about this event – please click here



Date: Sunday Jan 1st | Time: 13:00pm – 20:00pm | Venue: Maa Maat Cultural Centre, 366A High Road, London N17 9HT | FB: /Maa-Maat-Centre | Email: maamaatcc@gmail.com or directmark.consulting@gmail.com

The Ma Maat Cultural Centre is a pioneering African INDEPENDENT development based in Tottenham, London, UK. showcasing African determination, contributions, and achievements throughout the world; with an emphasis African History, Culture, Spirituality, Science and Technology.

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Date: Tue 24 Jan | Time: 18:30 – 21:30 | Venue: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk London SE1 2AA | Hosts: Connect4Better | Facebook: /Connect4Better |  Twitter: @Cee4BeeUK | Insta: /Cee4BeeUK | Linkedin: /Connect4Better | Email: info@cee4bee@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

Are you African, wanting to learn and be inspired as you start 2017 or perhaps willing to connect with new contacts? Why not join Cee4Bee in a free and safe environment to connect in an evening full of inspiration and sharing. ‘Cee4Bee’ is a non-profit initiative implementing intentional practical solutions including but not limited to hosting networking events and awareness campaigns to reduce poverty levels among minority black Africans living in UK. This FREE networking event hopes to bring together givers and receivers for the purpose of improving the life chances of black Africans living in UK. Join givers sharing their stories and giving helpful insights which should hopefully stimulate and encourage someone for success.

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Date: Wed, January 18 | Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Venue: London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, John Snow lecture theatre , Keppel Street, London  WC1E 7HT | Hosts: Black History Walks | Facebook: /BlackHistoryWalks | Twitter: @BlackHistWalker | Eventbrite: here

Professor Elizabeth Anionwu Phd, CBE, FRCN is one of the 18 black female professors out of 18,500 professors in the UK. Professor Anionwu was the Vice Chair of the successful Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, Patron of the Sickle Cell Society and the Nigerian Nurses charitable association.She is also the author of ‘Mixed Blessings of a Cambridge Union’ the story of her life, http://www.elizabethanionwu.co.uk/my-book/ .Her full bio is below. For this Queen Nzingha lecture (33) she will be talking on:

  • Growing up in care as a Nigerian/Irish heritage child in 1950’s England
  • Life as a Black female academic, tips and strategies
  • The successes of Mary Seacole; statues and Radical nurses
  • History, education and the curriculum
  • Sickle Cell disorders
  • Nigeria
  • Plus a Question and Answer session

For more information; please click here



Date: Wed 25 Jan | Time: 18:00 – 19:30pm | Venue:  Room 9.04, 9th Floor, Tower 22 Clement’s Inn, Mobil Court, London School of Econoics, London WC2A 2AZ | Hosts: LSE Middle East Centre | Twitter: @LSEMiddleEast | FB: /LSEMiddleEastCentre | Eventbrite: here

The Middle East Centre builds on LSE’s long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.

Focusing on resource-scarce economies, Ferdinand Eibl summarises his recent findings on the effects of cronyism on firm performance and economic growth. He uses trade liberalisation in late-Mubarak Egypt as a case study to demonstrate that cronies have not only been passive beneficiaries of economic policies; rather, their preferential access to power has allowed them to actively shape trade liberalisation in their favour.

For more information; please click here



Date: Wed 11 January | Time: 18:30 – 20:00pm | Venue: The British Museum, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG | Hosts: Art Fund

An exclusive private evening viewing with an introduction from the curator at 6.30pm

In this exhibition, a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back to the Early Stone Age. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples, to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important works, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.

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Date: Sat 14 January | Time: 18:00 – 19:15 | Venue: River Church, Vincent Street Canning Town E16 1LZ | Hosts: Watoto Children’s Choir

Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows. To date, the choir has toured six continents and performed to enthralled audiences in schools, retirement homes, churches, parliaments, state houses and royal palaces.

The Choir is comprised of 18 children and 10 adults from Uganda. Each child in the Watoto Children’s Choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents and now lives in a Watoto village.

For more information; please click here



Date: Sat 21 January | Time: 09:00pm – 12:00pm | Venue: Kings’ Chapel Auditorium, Block E, 2nd Floor Macbean centre, 37-39 Macbean Street SE18 6LW | Hosts: Food For Purpose | FB: /FoodForPurpose | Twitter: @FoodForPurpose | Email: foodforpurpose@gmail.com | Phone: Phone: +44 7921 887 051 | Eventbrite: here

This is a new health awareness initiative designed by Food for Purpose. 

It is part of an overall nutrition and well being platform, to reach BME faith groups called the Healthy Organisation Initiative. The six week pilot, which involved the recruitment of 27 adults; was held at a local, predominantly African Christian group in South East London. This Dietitian led project is unique in its content, delivery, cultural appreciation and embracement of the ‘faith environment’ as part of the motivation to make healthy changes. The results are both interesting and compelling. There is a strong indication, that delivering such programmes in a ‘faith environment;’ as part of the worship services & meetings in a familiar, safe environment— can successfully promote lifestyle changes, which can in turn improve, sustain and impact health in BME faith groups.

For more information; please click here



Date: Thu 12 Jan | Time: 18:30 – 20:00 | Venue: City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street London WC2B 4BA | Hosts: City Lit Events Team | Eventbrite: here

In 9 chapters (covering the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, international flags and flags of terror), Tim Marshall draws on more than 25 years of global reporting experience to reveal the histories, the power and the politics of the symbols that unite us – and divide us.

Tim is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, known for his analysis of developments in foreign news and international diplomacy, and author of the bestselling Prisoners of Geography. After the talk, Tim will be signing copies of his new book Worth Dying For. Books purchased on the night will receive a £5 discount.

For more information please contact the City Lit events team at events@citylit.ac.uk

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Date: Sun 1 January | Time: 10:00am – 15:00pm | Venue: Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AB | Hosts: Narrative Eye | FB: /Narrative-Eye | Twitter: @NarrativeEye | Insta: /Narrative_Eye | YouTube: /Narrative_Eye | Eventbrite: here

Following the success of our first Blackamoores Tour of London Narrative Eye will be hosting a series of tours throughout London. Take an inspiring tour through central London with Narrative Eye to explore the key locations of Black heritage in the capital. Based on the ground breaking findings of Onyeka Nubia’s Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England we will visit an array of locations from Aldgate to the original Globe Theatre. See how the Black and diverse presence was integral to the society at the time. This tour is a great and necessary chance to not only see but feel the history we live in but so often overlook.

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Date: Sat Jan 14th | Time: 14:00 – 16:30pm | Venue: University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF | Hosts: World Association for International Development | FB: /worldassociationSD | Twitter: @WASD_news

The Sudanese diasporic community is relatively large and has a significant impact on Sudan development on account of the size and volume of financial remittances. However diasporic contribution is largely neglected within national sustainable development policy and strategies in Sudan. Therefore the main aim of this debate is to ensure Sudan is benefiting from its Diaspora towards inclusive peace and sustainable development in the country and to ensure the Sudanese Diaspora are directly involved with regard to the objectives and desired outcomes of any policy, and the best means of achieving them in Sudan.

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Date: Thu Jan 19 | Time: 18:15pm – 20:00pm | Venue: Shell Offices, 40 Bank Street, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AB | Hosts: Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain | FB: /PESGBYP | Twitter: @pesgbyp | Eventbrite: here

This seminar will explore, through several case studies drawn from global examples of challenging areas for pressure prediction, how careful and systematic analysis of geoscience data can help to deliver valuable pressure prediction for safe drilling. Included in the seminar will be reference to a blow-out in the late-stage development of an oilfield in SE Asia, the premature abandonment of wells on the West African margin, a mud volcano in Java, and why the Chalk in the Central North Sea is a prediction nightmare!

PESGB YP are the ‘Young Professionals’ formed as a part of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB). Their aim is to assist the growth and development of early experience professionals within the petroleum industry.

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Date: Tue 17 Jan | Time: 19:00pm – 21:00pm | Venue: Room B102, Brunei Building, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0XG | Hosts: Anglo Ethiopian Society | FB: /AngloEthiopianSociety

In this illustrated lecture, photographer Robert Waddingham will present photographs from his new book Peoples of Ethiopia, alongside other works not included in the finished book. The lecture will cover the motivations for the project and give an explanation of stories behind many of the memorable images.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

The Anglo-Ethiopian Society is affiliated to the University of London’s Centre of African Studies (CAS) and all of our events at SOAS are co-hosted with CAS.

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Date: Tuesday 24th Jan | Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Venue: The Great Room, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ | Hosts: RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) | Linkedin: /in/RSA | FB: /theRSAorg | Twitter: @theRSAorg | YouTube: /RSAorg | Vimeo: /theRSA

In this special event partnership with Crown Agents Foundation, RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor discusses how they fulfil the humanitarian promise of technological advance with Tamara Giltsoff, Head of Innovation at the Department for International Development, whose ambition it is to bring tech innovation into day-to-day leadership and delivery of UK aid; and former Africa Correspondent at the Economist, Jonathan Ledgard, whose vision is to transform drones into agents of hope, utilizing the lower skies of African cities under-served by infrastructure networks, to revolutionize cargo delivery for those who need it most. Marie Staunton, Chair of Crown Agents, SOAS and former Chief Executive of Plan International joins the debate to put the case for new partnerships to explore the potential impact of technology for public good. Just in case you don’t know what the RSA stands for : it’s the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Speakers: Jonathan Ledgard, Director, Afrotech; Tamara Giltsoff, Head of Innovation, DfID; Marie Staunton, Chair, Crown Agents

In partnership with Crown Agents Foundation: www.crownagents.com

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Date: Thu 12 January | Time: 19:30 – 20:30pm | Venue: The City Dance Academy, 6 -18 Northampton Street, Unit 13, London N1 2HY | Phone: 07779129834 | Venue: The City Dance Academy, 6 -18 Northampton Street Unit 13 London N1 2HY | Hosts: Vital Energy Fitness Dance Class | FB: /Vital-Energy-Fitness | Twitter: @VitalEnergyFit | Eventbrite: here

Combining carefully selected movements from African, Latin dance, Martial Arts and other movements forms, Vital Energy dance classes offer a total body cardiovascular conditioning for strength, coordination, agility and flexibility.

Highly motivating, buzzing and friendly dance classes. The variety in intensity of movements makes it adaptable to all levels of fitness.

For more information; please click here



Date: Tuesday 17th Jan (six-week course) |Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm | Venue: Goldsmiths University, New Cross, SE14 6NW London | Hosts: Goldsmiths | Eventbrite: here

On this short course, you will uncover the roots of people of African descent in Britain and through exploring two-centuries of Black British history, we’ll gain an in-depth understanding of their multi-layered contribution to British society.

This is a six-week course with weekly Tuesday sessions from 6.30pm-8.30pm

The course dates are:

17 Jan – 21 Feb 2017

For more information; please click here



Date: Wed 25 Jan | Time: 13:00pm – 19:00pm | Venue: London South Bank University, The Events Theatre , Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG | Hosts: London South Bank University | Eventbrite: here

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) considers tourism to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the world’s economy and a major driver of economic development. However, is this growth fair? Tourism is amazingly complex, with the many sectors of the industry using natural, social and cultural resources as the reasons for travel and entertainment of the relatively rich. In a world where the gap between the rich and the poor is ever widening, how does this play out in tourism destinations? The symposium considers issues of equity and fairness in urban and rural destinations and in developed and developing countries. The panel discussion will consider how destination populations can fight back, how specialists such as Unions and Scientists can speak for those without a voice, and how tourism can be a force for good if managed properly and with foresight.

CABI and the Division for Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies, School of Law and Social Sciences, London South Bank University invite you to register now.

For more information; please click here

47) INSPIRED 2017 LONDON: An evening like no other. Unmissable!


Date: Thu 26 Jan | Time: 18:45 – 20:45pm | Venue:  One Moorgate Place LONDON, EC2R 6EA | Phone:  01428 289108 | Hosts: Inspired Seminars | Twitter: @InspiredSemina1 | FB: /InspriedSeminars | Insta: /inspired2999 | Eventbrite: here

During these fascinating two hours you will learn:

  • How to create great confidence and energy.
  • How to eradicate your fears of going for your biggest life goals.
  • How to really IMPROVE your health and fitness.
  • How to deepen your most important relationships.
  • How to communicate with clarity and purpose.
  • You’ll also have lots of fun with 300 like minded people.

Lead International Speaker Mr Craig Goldblatt, will inspire you, bringing the room to life with his unstoppable energy and prescence.

Craig has spoken to audiences from all over the world, delivered over 600 key note presentations, has created a charity called Giving Africa, built a school in West Africa as well as Inspiring and changing the lives of those he coaches every day.

For more information; please click here

48) ISLAMIC FINANCE – Longevity Risk and Pensions: Crucial Challenges for British Muslims


Date: Sat 21 Jan (8 Month Course) | Time: 10:30am – 17:30pm | Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road London E1 1JX | Hosts: Jibreel Institute | FB :/JibreelInstitute | Eventbrite: here

This unique intensive programme will delve into the structure, aims, principles and benefits of Islamic Finance. Taught over 8 months (consisting of weekend and full-day sessions), this programme is a first of its kind in terms of the spectrum of subjects covered. It will enable participants to appreciate the richness of the Islamic Jurisprudence used in engineering Islamic financial products that meets the appropriate level of Shari’a compliance. The series of courses will give participants the opportunity to engage with burning questions and facets of Islamic Finance coupled with modern day financial concepts.

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Date: Sat Jan 21 | Time: 10:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, King Edward VII, Cardiff CF10 3AP | Hosts: Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel | FB: /Sub-Sahara-Advisory-Panel | Twitter: @Wales_SSAP | Eventbrite: here

Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) is excited to announce that they are working with AFFORD to deliver the launch of their Diaspora Finance and Investment (DFI) initiative in Wales. DFI is an innovative new programme funded by Comic Relief under the Common Ground Initiative. The launch is part of a UK-wide roadshow aimed at creating awareness among African Diaspora businesses in Wales and recruiting businesses to participate in the Business Planning Competition. DFI aims to stimulate and harness diaspora investment into job creation and enhance the African social economy. The event will be followed by an afternoon panel discussion on diaspora investment and enterprise in Wales and Africa. Prominent busines owners from the community and beyond will be invited to the event to share their experiences of doing business in Wales and Africa. The session will explore ways on how they can support African diaspora interested in opening businesses in both places.

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Date: Sat 28th Jan | Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Venue: Hilton Manchester Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ | Hosts: Manchester Black History Festival | Twitter: @MCRBHF | FB: /Manchester-Black-History-Festival | Eventbrite: here

Ladies kick-start your new year with us at our exclusive networking breakfast event held at the prestigious Five Star Hilton hotel, we have the fabulous Real House Wives of Cheshire star, Magali Gorre, confirmed as our special guest and keynote speaker!

This event is for women of colour, and offers a great opportunity to connect with other powerful Black women. We have a fantatsic line up of special guests and our keynote is speaker is a Celebrity. You will develop professional strategies and gain expert advice from today’s leading female Entrepreneurs and Professionals.

This is the must attend event of the year and will include:

  • Cooked English Breakfast/Continental Breakfast (option)Tea/Coffee and juice
  • Panel Discussion + Q & A
  • Workshops
  • Speed networking
  • Exhibition
  • Goodie bag (Packed with useful information and special treats)

For more information; please click here


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