50 Events African Londoners can look forward to in February 2017

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February! Welcome People! New month and New Happenings for African Londoners to excite themselves about within the M25. Here 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. African Supperclubs, Poetry, Roundtable discussions and more. Enquiries on how your event can be listed in subsequent events posts should be forwarded to africancultureblog@gmail.com. Let’s do this!



Q: What can Londoners look forward to in 2017?

A: FAAJI SUNDAYS

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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

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SPECIAL: LITTLE BAOBAB FEB FOOD POP-UP

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FB: /LittleBoabab | Email: littlebaobabuk@gmail.com | Phone: 07864947632

Join Little Baobab (My Senegalese Brothers) for a ONE NIGHT ONLY pop-up, upstairs at Palm 2 on Friday the 10th of February! Come and warm up your winter with some Baobab vibes.

ENTRY is £25 per person and includes a three-course Senegalese feast and live music from some Baobab favourites: KYAZI LUGANGIRA (Tanzania), MUNTU VALDO (Cameroon) and ABDOUALYE SAMB AND MINNJIARABY (Senegal)!

They’re on from 7pm – 1am; live music will start at 8pm.

There’s limited space and BOOKING is essential – call them on 07864947632 or email littlebaobabuk@gmail.com!

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. (Our Recommendation)

Big love, Little Baobab. X



CAMEROON GOT TALENT

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Date: Sat Feb 11 | Time: 14.00pm – 20.00pm | Venue: Lewisham Irish Community Centre 2a Davenport Road London SE6 2AZ | FB: /CameroonLiteraryGroup | Twitter: @CamYutLoveFest | Event Link: here

CAMYUTLOVFEST is organised every year by the Cameroon Literary Group. Cameroon Literary Group is a Community Interest Group founded in 2010 for Cameroonian Youths of Ages 5 – 25 years. Their Aim is to Educate, Enculturate and Empower the Youths to help them bring their Skills and Dreams to Fruition.  The Goal is to Encourage Good Conduct, Positive Actions and Works, in order to some of the social dilemmas and atrocities within our community  and all Negative aspects of Life. CAMYUTLOVFEST is a Forum that brings together the Youths, their Relatives, Friends and the General Public, to Celebrate a great Love Feast Festival.

For more info about this event – please click here



DESTINATION AFRICA (AFRICAN LANGUAGE & CULTURAL CLASSES)

[For the Next Generation]

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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



AFRICAN CUISINE & SUPPER CLUBS:



1) NAIJA INFUSIONS SUPPER KITCHEN: TASTE OF NIGERIA

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Date: Insta: /AwesomeDishes | FB: /NaijaInfusions | Twitter: @AwesomeDishess | Phone: 02037127070 , 07448261087 | Email: info@naijainfusions.com | Sitewww.naijainfusions.com | Snapchat: Awesomedishes | Eventbrite: here

In conjunction with the launching of our online food delivery service, we present tasting supper club. Come and enjoy fantastic taste of Nigeria, West African cuisine. The evening will include delicious serving of 3 course meal as well as goody favor box to take home. Fantastic selection of wine, and off course Nigeria number 1 homemade juice “Zobo chapman”.

WHAT TO EXPECT; EAT, DRINK, GAMES AND RELAX WITH EXCELLENT MIX OF NIGERIA MUSIC FROM CLASSIC TO NEW

We look forward to hosting you and promise to leave your tastebud tantalised

For more info; please click here



2) KRIO KANTEEN: SUPPER CLUB LAUNCH

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Date: Sat 11 Feb | Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: The Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street London E1 5JL | Insta/TheKrioKanteen | Facebook/The-Krio-Kanteen | Twitter@TheKrioKanteen | Webwww.theKrioKanteen.com | Email: thekriokanteen@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

A Sierra-Leonean supper club serving up traditional cuisine with a Western twist. Come and join us for an evening filled with good food, a free cocktail, and West African vibes. You’ll also have the chance to win a free glass of bubbly and a spa day at a luxurious Hilton Hotel. Don’t miss your chance to dine Salone style!

For more info about this event – please click here



3) ONIDODO SUPPER CLUB

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Date: Sun 26 Feb | Time: 18:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: The Joker of Penton Street, Penton Street, Angel, London N1 9PZ | Insta: /Onidodo | FB/Onidodo | SnapchatOni_Babes | Twitter@OnidodoUK | BlogspotOni-Dodo | Eventbrite: here

Experience new dining with exceptional African infused zest and flavours! An event made exclusively for you. An evening of breathtaking Pan – African life changing fine cuisine. Pamper your palate and tantalise your taste buds offering a very unique dining experience. A three course meal prepared by Chef Oni with twists and turns at every bite.

(This is an over 18s event)

A full-service bar will operate at this event

For more info about this event – please click here



4) TOTTENHAM SOCIAL NEWBIES: AFRICAN SOUL FOOD ft BETTYLICIOUS COOKS

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Date: FRI 10 FEB | Time: Bar 5-11pm, Food 6-10pm | Venue: The Mill Co. Project Gaunson House, Unit 3. Markfield Rd N15 4QQ | Hosts: Craving Coffee ft Bettylicious Cooks | Insta: /BettyliciousCooks | FB: /Bettlylicious-Cooks | Twitter: @BettyVandy | Email: Bookings available via tottenhamsocial@gmail.com | Event link: here

Boom! Plant based African, Creole Soul food from Bettylicious Cooks. Tottenham Social has been running since June 2015, where we invite different street food traders to take over the kitchen in the evenings Craving Coffee. They have invited 12 street food traders who are new to us to take over our kitchen for one night each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in February 2017.

Their fifth guest is Bettylicious Cooks, bringing plant based soul food with vegan versions of their favourite African dishes.

On the bar, they’ll be stocked with craft beer, house cocktails & Old-World wines.

For more info about this event – please click here



5) THE BIGGEST AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN FOOD COMPETITION IN THE UK – FINAL

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Date: Sat 11 Feb | Time: 17:30 – 22:00pm | Venue:  Jubilee Community Hall, Tulse Hill Estate, Tulse Hill, Brixton SW2 2LY | Insta: /AfrikanFoodHall | Twitter: @AfrikanFoodHal | FB: /TheAfrikanFamilyWorks | Blog: /theafrikanfamilyworks | Site: AfriKanFoodHall | Eventbrite: here

This Jubilee Hall event is to find a winner from some of the heats around London and to award prize money to winners and runners up to the 8 dishes in competition this year.

This event will also double as the End of Year Party for everyone involved with The Afrikan Family Works and the Afrikan Food Hall. Space is going to be extremely tight.

Live music | Djs | Free cultural buffet | Selfie Wall |Raffles | Product Giveaways |Prizes Awarded | Join the Afrikan Food Hall

For more info; please click here


6) WILD AFRICA: Supper Club. Let’s go to Sénégal!

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Date: Thu 2 Feb | Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm | Venue:  Tempest Inn, 159-161 King’s Road, Brighton BN1 1NB | Insta/Lerato_Tomato | Facebook/LeratoLovesFood | Twitter@LeratoLondon | Blog/LeratoLovesFood | Eventbrite: here

Just in case you find yourself in Brighton! Lerato’s African inspired recipes and Supperclubs are growing right here in London – first it was the African Afternoon Tea and now WILD AFRICA. WILD AFRICA is a feast of her ever growing collection of recipes of sumptuous meals reflecting the vibrancy and richness of Africa, with colourful vegetables, bold flavours, and cooked fruits, brought together for a wholesome yet decadent meal. At this Supper Club, she will take you on a culinary adventure to Senegale, a West African country with rich French colonial influences.

For more info; please click here



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Date: Mon, Feb 6 | 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 | Eventbrite: here

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. They think exceptionally well but come and find out for yourself. Tasting includes Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

For more info; please click here


*** MUSIC + DANCE ***



8) VITAL ENERGY FITNESS ISLINGTON

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Date: Thu 2 Feb | Time: 19:30pm – 20:30pm | Venue: The City Dance Academy, 6 -18 Northampton Street, Unit 13 London N1 2HY | HostsVital Energy Fitness Dance Class | Site: vitalenergyfitness.londonFB: /Vital-Energy-Fitness | Twitter@VitalEnergyFit | Eventbritehere

Learn African moves, Latin steps, Martial Arts techniques.

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.

Limited Half price tickets available for 1st timers! Contact Olga on 07779129834 to book your place.

For more info; please click here



9) AFRICAN DANCE & DRUMMING FOR CHILDREN

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Date: Tuesday, February 7 | Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM | Venue: Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Walthamstow | HostsMbilla Arts | Insta/Mbilla_Arts | FB/MbillaArts | Twitter@Mbilla_Arts | Phone: 07535 326157 | YouTube/MbillaArts | Eventbrite: here

A fun and engaging African drumming and 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 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.

For more info; please click here


10) MALUCO – KIZOMBA – SEMBA – AFROHOUSE

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Date: Thu 2 Feb | Time: 18:30 – 23:00pm | Venue:  Cabana Brixton, 201 – 207 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8BQ | Insta: /Sonny.Varela | FB: /SVPromotions1 | Twitter: @Bijoulili | YouTube: /Sonny.Varela | Site: svpromotions.co.uk | Emailsvpromotions1@gmail.com | Phone: 07814737145 | Eventbrite: here

New every Thursdays SVPromotions will provide Kizomba, Semba classes & fortnightly add Afrohouse- Kuduro class. Each week will have a social dancing, playing authentic Kizomba, Semba, Funana, Afrohouse, Kuduro, Funana, etc…

“Maluco” means Crazy in Portuguese
We want to bring the full package of African party, the craziness to our evening with Maluco energy, and different Maluco dances.

Their classes cater for beginners and higher level.
You can come alone or with friends, no partner required.
Come and join like minded people for dancing or just to have a drink and socialise.

For more info; please click here



11) Lánre presents Exhale! Live

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Date: Thu, February 2, 2017 | Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Venue: Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane, London N13 4EY | Eventbrite: here

Exhale! Live is where people come towards the end of a long week to listen to music & poetry to help them breathe… relax, exhale | Book your ticket today! £7.50 online; £10 on door:

Bee Bakare

Nigerian-born British soul singer-songwriter. Her music is recognisable by the deeply rich and warm contralto that features in her sound

Blowing away audiences with that big voice and smile, she is gaining momentum with her songs known for their catchy hooks.

De’borah

“De’Borah has one of those voices that makes you stop everything and just listen, until you emerge trancelike from the other side wondering whether it felt like a second or a lifetime.”

– Fresh On The Net

Lánre

“Headlining we had the beguiling Nigerian songstress Lánre, who held the auditorium in the palm of her hands. Armed only with her personality, her smile and an acoustic guitar, she took us on a journey back to her homeland (via Stoke-on-Trent) painting many vistas and drawing on many emotions with bright African colours – absolutely spellbinding” John Drummond – Brewery Blues

For more info about this event; please click here



12) ATCHA-ATCHA! EMBODYING ACOGNY LONDON

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Date: Saturday, 18 Feb | Time: 20:00pm till late | Venue: Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill NW London | Twitter@VocaDance | FB: /VaocabDanceCo | Sitevocabdance.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

CALLING YOU TO TAKE PART IN A DANCE WEEKEND THAT WILL FEED YOUR SOUL AND BODY!
ATCHA ATCHA! Embodying Acogny is coming to London on
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 February 2017.
IT IS GOING TO BE A HOT WEEKEND, SO COME AND FEEL THE HEAT IN LONDON!
Alesandra Seutin|Vocab Dance & Cie Ange Aoussou brings to you a special weekend of African Modern, Traditional and Fusion dance classes with a focus on Germaine Acogny’s Technique, its principles and the dance styles that influence it. All classes will be led by internationally recognised Acogny teachers Alesandra Seutin (Zimbabwe/BE/UK) and Ange Aoussou (Ivory Coast/GER) plus the amazing guest teacher Aida Diop (Senegal/UK).
This weekend will offer its participants the opportunity to experience joyful bodies, connection with self and others, precision in movement, an exciting chance to dance on beautiful rhythms, embody grace and power!
Acclaimed dance artists Ange Aoussou and Alesandra Seutin are both based in Europe and from West and Southern African roots, who have trained together at Ecole des Sables, Senegal under Germaine Acogny’s guidance. Both are recognised to transmit this codified and globally recognised African Modern Dance internationally.
All classes are accompanied by drummers Mohamed GueyeDembis Thioung and guests.
For more info about this event – please click here


*** BOOK CLUB ***



13) MICHAEL TWITTY – DINING FROM A DAUNTED PLATE: FOOD, MEMORY, WRITING & CREATIVITY FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOUTH

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Date: Sat 25 Feb | Time: 15:30 – 16:30pm | Venue: National Maritime Museum, London SE10 9NF | Insta: /TheCookingGene | Blog: /Afroculinaria | FB: /MichaelWTwitty | FB Group: /Historical-Fiction-Research-Network | Twitter: @KosherSoul | Twitter 2: @HistoricalFic | Eventbrite: here

Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South, will be giving a talk, “Dining From A Haunted Plate: Food, Memory, Writing and Creativity from the African American South” to the Historical Fictions Research Network in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum. We are delighted to be able to open this talk to the general public.

Michael Twitty authors the foodblog Afroculinaria. He is a food writer, independent scholar and culinary historian who aims to prepare and preserve African American food ways and address food’s critical role in the development and definition of African American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership that surround it. He is also a Judaic studies taeacher with interests in Jewish cultural and food issues.

For more info; please click here


14) FABER SOCIAL PRESENTS: SHORT STORIES

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Date: Wednesday, 1 March | Time:  19:00pm to 22:00pm | Venue: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD | Insta: /FaberBooks | Site: Faber | FB: /FaberandFaber | Twitter: @FaberBooks | YouTube: /FaberAndFaber | SoundCloud: /FaberBooksEventbrite: here

Yes; this event is in March but it’s still worth jotting down in your diary! Faber & Faber is one of the great independent publishing houses in London. We were established in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber and our first editor was T. S. Eliot. We are proud to publish prize-winning fiction and non-fiction, as well as an unrivalled list of modern poets and playwrights. Among our list of writers we have six Booker Prize winners and twelve Nobel Laureates, and we continue to seek out the most exciting and innovative writers at work today. Let’s support Chibundu Onuzo amongst the other distinguished writers at this distinguished event.

For more info about this event – please click here



15) FEBRUARY MEETING: THE LONELY LONDONERS

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Date: Thu, Feb | Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 | Venue: Del’Aziz & Zahra Bar, 55-57 The Pavement London, SW4 0JQ | FB: /AfroReadsBookClub | Event link: here

This is the first meeting for the Afro Reads Book club for women from the African & Caribbean community. The book club will meet every six weeks and the cost will be £4 per person and refreshments will be provided.

The book selection for this month is The Loney Londoners by Sam Selvon and here is a short descrption of the book

“Both devastating and funny, The Lonely Londoners is an unforgettable account of immigrant experience – and one of the great twentieth-century London novels. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Susheila Nasta.

At Waterloo Station, hopeful new arrivals from the West Indies step off the boat train, ready to start afresh in 1950s London. There, homesick Moses Aloetta, who has already lived in the city for years, meets Henry ‘Sir Galahad’ Oliver and shows him the ropes. In this strange, cold and foggy city where the natives can be less than friendly at the sight of a black face, has Galahad met his Waterloo? But the irrepressible newcomer cannot be cast down. He and all the other lonely new Londoners – from shiftless Cap to Tolroy, whose family has descended on him from Jamaica – must try to create a new life for themselves. As pessimistic ‘old veteran’ Moses watches their attempts, they gradually learn to survive and come to love the heady excitements of London”.

For more info about this event – please click here


*** ART, FILM & ENTERTAINMENT ***



16) GENIYO LIVE

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Date: Mon 13th Feb | Time: 19.30 – 20.30pm | Venue: 100 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5NQ | Twitter@BrixRevival | Insta/BrixtonRevival | FB/Brixton-Revival | Phone: 07933371637 | Eventbrite: here

100 Acre presents: Geniyo Live in conjunction with It iz what it iz Productions | An intimate evening with GENIYO performing seductive sultry songs from his forthcoming EP ‘Saturated Soul’ | Come along to this exclusive event, listen to GENIYO perform wonderful soulful songs and participate in a Q & A with this genuine lover of his craft.

For more info about this event – please click here



17) BRIXTON REVIVAL: John Bigger talk by Alvin kofi (Part of the One Stop Love Shop Weekend)

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Date: Sun 12 Feb | Time: 14:00 – 15:30pm | Venue: 100 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5NQ | Twitter: @BrixRevival | Insta: /BrixtonRevival | FB: /Brixton-Revival | Eventbrite: here

Join the Brixton Revival campaign creators Terry Humphrey and Alvin Kofi for a weekend celebrating LOVE through art, music and film. As part of the One Stop Love Shop weekend Alvin Kofi will present a talk on one of his favourite artists, John Bigger. Brixton Revival establishes live participation sites which serve to highlight Brixton’s eclectic Black businesses.

An afternoon exploring a selection of drawings by John Bigger; a Master of Black Art. Alvin Kofi will discuss the work of this delightfully skilled artist, who in the 1960’s, discovered Africa (line be glorious line) and transported West African life to the African American community. He will also highlight how Bigger’s work has influenced his own creations.

For more info about this event – please click here



18) ONE STOP SHOP 100 ACRE LANE

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Date: Fri 10 Feb | Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: 100 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5NQ | Twitter@BrixRevival | Insta/BrixtonRevival | FB/Brixton-Revival | Eventbritehere

Join the Brixton Revival campaign creators Terry Humphrey and Alvin Kofi for a weekend celebrating LOVE through art, music and film.

10th February 2017

Film and Cocoa Date Night @100Acre

7 – 9pm

Make a date for the 100 Acre Film and Cocoa Date night. Sweet, glorious vibes in good company.

11th February 2017

Gallery Wall Exhibition Launch and late night soiree with Trunkstore Arts

Featuring work of Alvin Kofi, Terry Humphrey and Desilou Dabanto the work on show reflects the artists’ love of drawing, painting and photomontage.

For more info about this event – please click here



19) ROOTS N GROOVE

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Date: Sat 25 Feb | Time: 17:30pm – 23:00pm | Venue: Wellingborough African Caribbean Association, 27 Rock Street Wellingborough NN8 4LW | Email: Siobhan@RaceAct40.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Single Ticket (wristbands) £6 or Family Ticket £20 (Children under 3 are free)
Includes: quiz on black history/culture, Caribbean food & entertainment!

Mark Dean has agreed to be the DJ for the night. There will also be a talk from Sylvia Erskine who will be sharing her experience and knowledge from her trip to Palestine. Ashley from DigiKid with be our Quiz Master for the evening.

This event has been organised in partnership with Northamptonshire REC, Race Act 40,  Northamptonshire Black History Association (NBHA) and WACA. The event is to celebrate Black History month. The event has been sponsored and supported by NUT,UnisonNCFHLF and DigiKid.

Book now as there are a limited number of tickets for this event.

For more info about this event – please click here



*** PHILOSOPHY ***



20) KEMTIYU SEEX ANTA – CHEIKH ANTA

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Date: Fri 3 Feb | Time: 18:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD | Eventbrite: here

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is a response to the growing interest in film and the moving image across the College. This event; a film is a ‘portrait’ of Cheikh Anta Diop, author of Nations Nègres et Culture (1954), a significant but also controversial figure in Senegal and in philosophical circles for the views he espoused on Africa, African civilisations, and the origins of humanity. The film tells the story of a man who fought his whole life for truth and justice in order to restore historical awareness and dignity to Africa. Born in 1923 in a village in Senegal, he developed a passion for science and African history at a very early age. He studied philosophy, then physics, chemistry, history, linguistics, and anthropology in Paris in 1947. His professors were Gaston Bachelard, Marcel Griaule and Frédéric Joliot-Curie. In 1954, he published “Nations Nègres et Culture”, a cult book which revolutionized the view of the origin of civilizations by declaring that Africa is the cradle of humanity, and the Pharaohs of Egypt were Negro.

Contradicting the Egyptologists cost him dearly his whole life. After completing his doctorate, he returned to Senegal in 1960 at the time of independence, and clashed with Léopold Sédar Senghor who banned him from teaching at the university. Then, with the support of Théodore Monod, Cheikh Anta built his own carbon dating laboratory in Dakar. He was convinced that Africa’s development would come about through scientific learning, the protection of its national languages, and the federation of the United States of Africa.

For more info about this event – please click here



*** MOTIVATION ***



21) AN EVENING WITH NEGOT TRUE: Date Night

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Date: Tue 14 Feb | Time: 20:00 – 23:00pm | Venue: E17 7PE, Saint James Street, London E17 7PE | Insta: /NegoTrue | SoundCloud: /NegoTrue | FB: /NegoTrueOfficial | Twitter: @NegoTrue | YouTube: /NegoTrue | Eventbrite: here

For one night only, this Valentines Day Nego True will be bringing together some amazing Spoken Word artists and soouth soulful singers to give a show worthy of Valentines Day.

A night filled with food, perfornances and drink, come by yourself or with your partner, and enjoy some smooth and soulful vocals.

Live Performances, from Nego True and friends…

With African and Caribbean Cuisine.

For more info; please click here



22) YOUR OWN WOLRD & MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2017 

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Date: Sat 25 Feb | Time: 11:00pm – 16:00pm | Venue: Holiday Inn Stratford, 7, 10a Chestnut Plaza Stratford E20 IGL | Eventbrite: here

Nigerian Motivational Event: A life transforming event featuring five powerful speakers with one surprise celebrity event host…

For more info about this event – please click here



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23) RiskMap London – Africa Special

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Date: Thu 9 Feb | Time: 08:00 – 10:30pm | Venue: Control Risks, Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane, London SE1 2QG | HostsBusiness Council for Africa | Emailinfo@bcafrica.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Join Control Risks and The Business Council for Africa for a joint breakfast briefing in London, as part of Control Risks’ RiskMap 2017 event series, to discuss the risks and opportunities for businesses operating and investing in Africa in the year ahead.

Looking back on 2016, the year has generated more questions than certainty for global businesses, presenting real challenges for strategic decision-making in 2017. For businesses operating and investing in Africa in particular, this uncertainty will persist locally on the continent as macro-economic factors – including a low oil price and global economic sentiment – drive African nations to re-invent themselves in the hope of becoming Dubai or Singapore style commercial hubs. While this offers great opportunity, equally it will be accompanied by unknown threats to business that should not be underestimated.

For more info about this event – please click here


24) GUYANA SPEAKS! THE STATE OF THE NATION

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Date: Sun 26 Feb | Time: 13:00 – 17:00pm | Venue:  The Classic

28 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7PG | Eventbrite: here

Presenters:
1) H.E F. Hamley Case, Guyana High Commissioner, London
2) TBA
3) TBA
February 26 2017 – GUYANA SPEAKS! The state of the nation.
With republic and mashramani celebrations concluded an update on the state of the nation
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March 26 2017 – GUYANA SPEAKS! Tracing your Guyanese Heritage.
A guide on how to trace your family roots, where to look and what clues to look out for.
For more info; please click here


*** NETWORKING, DEBATES & WORKSHOPS ***



25) HOW ARE WE PROTECTING OUR BLACK YOUTH FROM ABUSE?

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Date: Sat 25 Feb | Time: 12:30 – 18:00pm | Venue: The Platform Theatre, Hornsey Road Baths, 2 Tiltman Place, off Hornsey Road, Banstead London N7 7EE | Insta: /SeedsOfElevation |  FB: /TMITMProject | Twitter: @SeedsElevation | Siteseedsofelevation.co.uk | Email: info@seedsofelevation.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

‘The Man in the Mirror’ Project launched its first documentary in September 2014, which explores the mindset of a young man who overcame adversity. In addition, giving an insight into the on-going challenges, that our youth face within society. Continuing on into 2016, launches a program that offers educational & holistic support through networking with entrepreneurs with existing services. To support young people’s self-development and psychological issues that affect them. As well as providing presentations, seminars, self-development /educational workshops.

The purpose of the event is to bring together the African family to partake in the discussions with the guest speakers, panel members, groups activities and networking with various organizations that can offer support. This will also be used as a platform, which will enable the community to reap the benefits by sharing personal experiences, obtaining new business contacts and gaining new information within these areas of concern.

For more info; please click here



26) FREE SCREENING OF ‘THE NEW BLACK’ DOCUMENTARY

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Date: Mon 13 Feb | Time: 16:00 – 18:30pm | Venue: University of Hertfordshire (College Lane Campus), A161 Lindop Building, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB | Phone: 01707 289362 | Eventbrite: here

A part of LGBT History Month, the University of Hertfordshire will be screening the New Black, a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia.

The screening will then be followed by a discussion led by Julia Warrener, an Academic Lead for Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire.

For more info; please click here



27) #NICCEUK – NETWORKING IN THE CITY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Developing communities through outreach programmes

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Date: Thu 16 Feb | Time: 18:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: City Hall, Committee Room 5, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA | YouTube: /PaceWorkingInt | Twitter: @PaceWorking | FB: /PaceWorkingEvents | Eventbrite: here

This event is organised by Seye Aina, Founder of Paceworking.Please arrive on time and make allowance for the security checks on arrival. Speed Networking Session starts at 6.15pm (contact the organiser in advance to participate)

Welcome & Introductions | Speaker presentations | Q & A | Closing remarks | Networking

Paceworking is a leading business network and consultancybased in the UK organising high profile conferences, business events and shows. We are also running workshops on ‘ customer care and community engagement strategies for your business’ and ‘how to use your sensory and soft skills to improve your brand or business’ contact Paceworking if you are interested in attending.

See the website: www.paceworkingconsultancy.co.uk

For more info; please click here



28) LINDY HOP CLASSES AT CHATS PALACE

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Date: Thursday, 2 Feb | Time: 20:00pm to 21:00pm | Venue: Chats Palace Arts Centre, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk , E9 6DF London | Site: www.cookiesjam.com | FB: /CookiesJam | Email: info@cookiesjam.com | Twitter: @CookiesJammin | Eventbrite: here

About Lindy Hop and American Vernacular Jazz (AVJazz) : Lindy Hop (or Swing Dance as it is now known), is a partner dance originating in the late 1920s Jazz Era. In the most part developed in ballrooms across the USA – most notably The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York. It’s popularity peaked in the mid-1940s and was featured often as a speciality act in many Hollywood movies such as Hellzapoppin’. Despite a musical shift after WW2, the Lindy Hop continued to be enjoyed socially throughout the US, UK and other countries. Notable dancers: George Snowdon, Norma Miller and Frankie Manning.

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29) WELCOME TO YOURSELF

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Date: Sat 11 Feb | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Kahaila Cafe, 135 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB | HostsAddo Life & General Assembly | FB/AddoLife | Twitter@Addo_Life | Instagram/Addo_Life | Email: info@addolife.com | Eventbritehere

Practical Wisdom for Everyday Living for your Relationships | Work | Finances | Business | Health & Emotional Wellbeing.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

* Core principles to help you understand more about your identity and purpose
* Proven licensed frameworks to help you learn “how to say no”, and “what’s important now”
* More information about how you can create your LifePlan™ when life brings your next turning point
* A clear understanding of what truly holds you back, personally or professionally, with tools to help you break through

For more info; please click here



30) AFRICAN HEALTHCARE CHALLENGE 2017

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Date: Friday 24th Feb | Time: Frid 24th Feb 13:00pm  Sunday 26th Feb 16:00pm |  Venue: Campus London, a Google space, 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch , EC2A 4BX  London United Kingdom | FB: /AfricaHealthChallenge | Twitter: @Kopfadeyemi | Eventbrite: here

In short, it is an intense, fun and high energy weekend event where people in London (and across UK actually!) and innovation hubs across Africa form teams to brainstorm and develop solutions to the problems of real-life African organisations, businesses and projects. At the end of the weekend, the team that presents the best solution, as judged by a panel of experts, wins the competition and prizes.

This event will bring together young business professionals, students and researchers who are passionate about improving things in Africa and supporting organisations to solve their challenges. Indeed, this challenge will bring together smart, talented people from a diversity of backgrounds with a variety of strengths and passions. Techies and non-techies will get involved. Medical and non-medical people are welcome and after observing your blog from afar for a while, I would hope you would be keen on sharing this opportunity with your switched on community!
For more info; please click here


31) CUPPING: TASTE OF HARVEST, KENYA, UGANDA & CONGO

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Date: Wed 8 Feb | Time: 19:00 – 23:00pm | Venue: Climpson’s Arch

374 Helmsley Place, London E8 3SB | Site: afca.coffee | YouTube: /EAFCAvideos | Twitter: @AFCA_Coffee | Linkedin: /in/African-Fine-Coffees-Association | FB: /AFCACoffee | Eventbrite: here

Founded in July 2000, the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) is a regional non profit, non political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in its seven member countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and DR Congo. Bean Auction is bringing to London the winning coffees from the African Fine Coffee Association’s Taste of Harvest competition in Uganda, Congo and Kenya. Please join us at Climpsons Roastery on Wednesday 8th February at 7pm to cup some of the finest and less known specialty coffees from this region.

Anyone is welcome to attend, whether you are a roaster, a barista or just want to come along for the ride. Please register to ensure a space.

For more info; please click here


32) HAIR I STAND WORKSHOP with VALERIE TOMLIN

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Date: Sat 11 Feb | Time: 18:30 – 20:00pm | Venue: Private Location (Walthamstow) | HostsNarrative Eye | FB/Narrative-Eye | Twitter@NarrativeEye | Insta/Narrative_Eye | YouTube/Narrative_Eye | Email: info@narrative-eye.org.uk | Eventbrite: here

Join the author Valerie Tomlin for a great workshop on African hair and its significance, not only in terms of beauty and identity, but also the political and spiritual importance of African hair throughout history and in modernity.

Spaces are limited. Please get in contact to register your interest

To book please contact info@narrative-eye.org.uk or call 07837293224

For more info; please click here



33) afriMONOLOGUES

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Date: Sat 25 Feb | Time: 17:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ  | FB/Afristoricals | Twitter@Afristoricals | Pinterest/akigwe  | Eventbritehere

Afristoricals host seminars that brings people up to date with the facts of human, African and world history – from a truthful perspective, based on evidence, while providing a platform to network with like-minded people.

afriMonologues addresses the false impressions which have traditionally been attributed to Africa. “History”, as we know it today, suggests the only contributions Africans played was the role of slaves and poverty stricken souls unable to survive without the aid of their enforced enslavement and colonialism.

Despite the colossal scale of evidence uncovered and reported by European anthropologists, these same scientists have consistently denounced the relevance, or even the existence, of Black History or the evolution of civilization by Africans, preferring to follow the common misconception that has only evolved over the past 200 years – that Africans played no part in the development of civilisation.

For more info; please click here



34) EVERY VOICE PRESENTS GENERATION REVOLUTION SCREENING

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Date: Friday 3 Feb 2017 | Time: Doors open at 6:30pm with food and networking. Film starts at 7pm | Venue: Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 2 Tiltman Place (off Hornsey Road) N7 7EE | Site: www.everyvoice.org.uk | Email: info@everyvoice.org.uk | Twitter: @EveryVoiceUK | Evenbrite: here

Every Voice and Platform Youth Hub are excited to present the award winning documentary Generation Revolution.

The film introduces the powerful stories of London’s new generation of black and brown activists, exploring the successes and unexpected challenges these inspiring young people face. Motivated by the desire for a more equal future, they embark on the rewarding but difficult path that must be trodden in their struggle for liberation.

It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the directors; Every Voice; YStop; the Chair of Islington Stop and Search Community Monitoring Group and members of Islington’s community sector. There’ll also be an informal Stop and Search workshop led by YStop

For more info; please click here



35) CIAD WINTER EXCHANGE: RACISM IN FASHION PART II

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Date: Fri 3 Feb | Time: 18:30pm – 20:30pm | Venue: Rootstein Hopkins Space, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ | Insta: /CIADuk | FB: /CIADuk | Twitter: @CIADuk | Site: ciad.org.uk | Eventbrite: here

Join CIAD (Costume Institute of the African Diasporaon Friday 3rd February 2017 as we conclude our 2 part presentation on Racism in Fashion. We will discuss different aspects of racism within the fashion industry, how it manifests and what can be done about it. We will tackle visual colonisation, skin bleaching and tokenism amongst other subjects

This is the final part of a 2 part lecture, we hope you will be able to join us for the healthy discussion and hearty debate. This event will be 2 hours long with a lecture/ seminar for the first hour followed by networking and refreshments for the second hour

For more info about this event – please click here



36) MBTN CONNECT

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Date: Fri, 3 Feb Time: 18:00pm till late | Venue: Crowne Plaza London, The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB | HostsMoveBackToNigeria | Facebook/MBTNGlobal | Twitter@MBTNGlobal | Eventbritehere

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



 37) WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

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Date: Tue 7 Feb | Time: 18:30 – 20:30pm | Venue:  The Relay Building (First Floor), 114 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PT | Hosts: Addo Life & General Assembly | FB: /AddoLife | Twitter: @Addo_Life| Instagram: /Addo_Life | Email: info@addolife.com | Eventbrite: here

Checkout this event and subscribe to Addo Life! These guys are so good and useful and practical and advice-orientated that they have two events listed in this read! Most of us are looking for meaning, not just a career. The desire to succeed, make life count and to contribute to the world are the biggest desires of every human being.

This event dives into one of the most frequently asked questions about life’s meaning: Why Am I Here? Join them for an evening taster session on how to practically find the true you – your why – and how this fits in with your everyday life.

For more info; please click here



38) EXCLUSIVE TAILORING CLASS ON CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN WEAR

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Date: Sat 4 Feb | Time: 11:30am – 15:30pm | Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF | Insta: /TolumiTFPTwitter: @Tolumee  FB: /TolumiTheFashionPeople | Sitewww.tolumitfp.com |  YouTube: /TolumiAbiola | Email: tolumitfp@gmail.com | WhatsApp: 08155032337 | Phone: +447459881772 BBM:  58D52A1D | Eventbrite: here

Tolumi Abiola is a seasoned teacher with a sewing experience of 19years, she owns the fashion label Tolumi TFP a brand which was launched in 2008 and provides fashion design and training services in Nigeria and the UK. Tolumi has taught hundreds of students from all over the world through the years. She also runs a Youtube tutorial channel where she regularly posts free tutorials.

For more info; please click here



39) AMERICAN CULTURE STANDS TRIAL

(Early Feb 2017 Event, But Still…)

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

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



*** NIGHTS OUT, CLUBS & SOCIALS ***



40) LAGOS LIVE LOUNGE: Every Sunday Sponsored by ROK on Sky 344

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Date: Sun 5 Feb | Time: 16:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: Proud East, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET | Insta: /LagosFridays | FB: /CocoCureDotCom | YouTube: /CococureTV | Twitter: @Cococure | Phone: Tables 07707888048 / Friday glist 07520632526 / Sat glist 07520633001 | Sitecococure.com | Eventbrite: here

Your Sunday afternoons will never be the same again. Introducing Cococure’s very first Lagos Live Lounge Event. Banish Sunday-blues by stepping into a warm cocoon of live African infused sounds, suya tastes and the smell of shisha on an outdoor heated terrace. Come and relax and wind down the week with lunch, dinner, drinks, ping pong, a pool table and – in true Cococure style – great company. Meet with old friends and form new relationships in what promises to be a great event.

The event is sponsored by Rok on Sky 344

PROUD EAST

Lagos Live Lounge will be held in the heart of East London at Proud East. A beautiful café, restaurant, cocktail bar & pool room nestled on the banks of the regent’s canal just off the Kingsland road. It’s the perfect space to transport you from a cold, dreary Sunday afternoon in London, to a sizzling, vibrant, warm evening in Lagos.

For more info; please click here



41) BASKETMOUTH VALENTINE

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Date: Tue 14 Feb | Time: 18:00 – 23:00pm | Venue:  The SSE Arena, Wembley, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0AA | Insta: /djamediaUK | FB: /DJAmedia | Blog: blogspot | Twitter: @DJAmedia | YouTube: /djamedia1 | Sitewww.djamedia.com | Eventbrite: here

Over the past 9years, Cokobar.com and Barons World have completely reshaped and revolutionised the way we spend our Valentine’s Day in the United Kingdom with Basketmouth’s seminal annual comedy event proving a massive hit among the afro urban community in Britain and selling out each and every time. As the name suggests, Basketmouth Live @ The SSE Arena, Wembley aims to unite and bring together, the very best in African Comedy all under one roof in the United Kingdom, for the first time ever to go along with the milestone is the choice of venue The SSE Arena, Wembley has been chosen to host 10,000 lovers a first for an African entertainer to sell out.

DJAMEDIA is a leading self-contained independent media & event consultancy outfit, specialising in first class entertainment events management and full media campaigns for targeted demographics within Afro-Caribbean communities in the UK. More info: 07946811253 (Whatsapp Only)

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42) VALENTINE’S NIGHT

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Date: Sat 11 Feb | Time: 19:00 – late | Venue: 44-46 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6BT | FB: /DAATwitter: @InfoDaa | Event link: here

Deaf African Action Company is pleased to announce their new event at the African Restaurant & Bar called Adulis Eritrean Restaurant in Brixton for Valentine’s night. Ideal for couples and singles; romantic husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriends; enjoy sharing communication and relating to one another, making new friends and learning about culture, style. Having chat with new people, and enjoying the entertainment.

DAA aim for a positive and social atmosphere where everyone can have a good time. Everyone know recgoinse DAA is growing company and well-known for reaching out to many people since 2013. This will be an African-style romantic, and will be an opportunity to experience a new culture, and to meet people. We are welcome people of any colour and ethnicity to join us. Whether you are Asian, Jamaican, British or African,

Anyone of you who have disabilities or problem visual flesh light or something like that, please email them: disabilities@deafa.com

For more info; please click here



43) AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN SINGLE’S NIGHT

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Date: Sun 19 Feb | Time: 16:00pm – 19:00pm |  Venue: Timber Garden Restaurant, 161 London Rd, Croydon, CR0 2RJ | Site: hereFB/KandQUnited | Twitter@kqUnited | Eventbritehere

·  To connect and match black single Kings and Queens via our dating website (www.kingsandqueensunited.com) as well as at our regular relationship events.

· Re-educate the mind: To educate and empower black Kings and Queens on how to create and sustain healthy balanced relationships.

·  Interactive and fun events facilitated by relationship consultants – to increase our awareness and knowledge; provide further insight on who we are, what love is, what family means to us, values and selfworth – as well as discussing some of the key issues affecting our relationships and explore different ways to solve them.

For more info; please click here


44) YPL ANNUAL MASQUERADE SOIREE 2017: COCKTAILS, LIVE MUSIC, DJ, PRE-SOCIAL + HEATED GARDENS

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Date: Sat, 4 Feb | Time:  Sun, 5 Feb 2017, 02:00 GMT | Venue: The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA | FB: /YoungProfessionalsinLondon | Emailyoungprofessionalsinlondon@hotmail.co.uk | Sign up: here | Eventbrite: here

Be fun, be mischievous & a little mysterious for our Annual Masquerade Soiree 2017. Coinciding with the upcoming Venice Carnival and to celebrate the New Year, all Young Professionals London members & friends together with Italian Food & Cocktail Parties in London, are welcome to join us for an extravagent evening under the stars. Nominated in the London Club & Bar Awards, Young Professionals London (YPL) aims to bring together people in an environment where you can be heard over the music. Where coming solo to an event is not an issue as hosts will always be there introducing you to one another.

For more info; please click here



*** YOGA ***



45) SHAKITI DAY RETREAT: REFRESH

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Date: Sat, Feb 18th | Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Venue: Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2BQ | Host: Dirish Shaktidas | Insta: /DirishShaktidas | FB: /ShakitiSoulYoga | Twitter: @DirishShaktidas | | Eventbrite: here

Dirish Shaktidas is a flexitarian, immersed in the world of holistic healing. Dirish has been practicing yoga and meditate for 10 years, and teaches Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic, Yin Restore, and is a socialist in Shkati Dance, the Yoga of Dance. He was trained under Yoga Works in LA and mentored by Maty and Kia Miller.

🙏 Yoga teacher ☯ Shakti Dance 📣 Gong Meditation 🎵 Events & Retreats 🔥 Inspiration 👑 Owner of Yoga Roots LDN shaktidayretreat.eventbrite.com

In this event; expect : + Shakti Dance & Djembe African Drumming *energising yoga, dance & meditation*
Improves posture balance and coordination
Enhances physical flexibility and improves circulation
Develops inner peace and joy

+ Yin Yoga *slow soothing stretch*
Calming and balancing
Reduces anxiety and stress
Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips

+Gong Bath *feel good sound therapy*
Creates deep relaxation and clears the mind
Helps repair damage to the nervous system
Reduces feeling of confusion, anxiety, anger and depression

For more info; please click here



*** LECTURES ***



46) ABDULRAZAK GURNAH IN CONVERSATION

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Date: Mon 20 Feb | Time: 17:00pm – 19:00pm | Venue: IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT | Hosts: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies | Twitter: @RefugeMvingWrld | Eventbrite: here

Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novels – including Memories of Departure(1987), Pilgrims Way (1988), Dottie (1990), Paradise (1994), Admiring Silence (1996), By the Sea (2001), Desertion (2005) and The Last Gift (2011) – chronicle the multiple forms of exclusion and inclusion, dispossession and emplacement, that characterise the movement of people today and in the past. Grounded in a postcolonial critique, and attentive to diverse processes of Othering across time and space, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s writing is acutely pertinent to questions we face today around refuge, asylum, and the hospitality/hostility that refugees and migrants encounter throughout their journeys.

Abdulrazak Gurnah will read selected extracts from his novels, and will discuss the roles of narration and literary criticism in the context of migration and displacement from, within and to East Africa and Europe.

For more info; please click here



47) WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE, MATE? 

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Date: Sat 25 Feb | Time: 16:00 – 17:30pm | Venue:  Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green London N15 4RX | Insta: /PhoenexCommunityCare | FB: /PhoenexCommunityCentre | Twitter: @pcc_community | Linkedin: /in/Phoenix-Community-Care | Site: phoenixcommunity.org | Eventbrite: here

Join Phoenix Community Care and Pamodzi Productions for ‘What Are You Doing Here Mate?’, a collaborative dance theatre production exploring personal stories from the refugee crisis.

Already performed in the south coast, the production was an ambitious initiative that had refugees & asylum seekers interviewed to help create a musical score. lead choreographers worked with dancers & actors to bring these stories to life. This production fuses Physical Theatre, Breakdance, Ballet, Street, Tap & African dance.

“Nurturing the expressive vision of the south coast” Kenrick Sandy, Artistic Director, Boy Blue Entertainment

For group tickets (10 or more) please call our office on 020 8887 6888.

Doors open at 3:30pm for 4pm show and 7pm for 7:30pm show

Producer: Roni Edwards

Dramaturge: Gail Oakley

Creative Consultant : Kenrick ‘h20’ Sandy

Originally Directed By: Bernie Byrnes

Lead Dancers: Sasha “Mr Sasha” Alexander Biloshisky, Rachel Stella Layton, Grace Hall, Brendan ‘Syxx’ Isaac, Kelsey Miller & Charlie Glen Rust

For more info; please click here


 48) THE TRUTH OF THE SS MENDI

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Date: Tue 21 Feb | Time: 18:30 – 20:00pm | Venue:  The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF | HostsNarrative Eye | FB/Narrative-Eye | Twitter@NarrativeEye | Insta/Narrative_Eye | YouTube/Narrative_Eye | Email: info@narrative-eye.org.uk | Eventbrite: here

Join Narrative Eye for an imperative commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21st Feb 1917 which saw the death of hundreds of WWI colonial troops from the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC).

For more info; please click here



49) AFRICAN STUDIES SEMINAR: LAGOS GIRL POWER

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Date: Thurs 23 Feb | Time: 17:00pm –19:00pm | VenueSt Antony’s College, Oxford, 62 Woodstock Road, OX2 6 Oxford | Hosts: African Studies Centre Oxford | FB: /African-Studies-Centre-Oxford | Event link: here

Title: Lagos Girl Power: Performing Postfeminism in Nigeria

Abstract: This paper draws from a research project on class-privileged young women in Lagos who dress in a ‘spectacularly feminine style’ characterised by the extravagant use of normatively feminine elements including cascading hair extensions, long and brightly painted acrylic nails, heavy and immaculate make-up, and false eyelashes. It shows how the women see themselves as performing a new, ‘empowered’ femininity, and makes a case for the analytical and political value of understanding their practices of self in terms of ‘postfeminism.’

Bio: Simidele Dosekun is a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. She is currently working on a book manuscript on new styles of feminine dress and subjectivity among class-privileged young women in Lagos, Nigeria.

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50) THE ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CURCH: A DIFFERENT WAY OF BEING CHRISTIAN

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Date: Wed 15 Feb | Time: 19:00pm – 21:00pm | Venue: Room B102, Brunei Building, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG | FB: /AngloEthiopianSociety | Twitter: @AngloEthiopianWebsitewww.anglo-ethiopian.org Eventbrite: here

This talk shows how the Ethiopian church has developed a unique and distinctive tradition of faith. There’s a shared cultural relationship with Judaism, shown in the keeping of many of the laws of the Old Testament; a long history of co-existence with Islam; a style of church building and liturgy centred on the presence of the holy at the heart of the churches, often carved out of rock; a theological tradition passed on through the generation by oral methods of education; and a network of monasteries across the country.

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51) KCL BRAZIL WEEK – AFRICAN CONTRIBUTION TO BRAZILLIAN PORTUGUESE

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Date: Thu 2 Feb | Time: 12:00pm – 13:00pm | Venue:  Language Resources Centre, (Room K-1.072, First Basement), King’s Building, King’s College Strand Campus (Strand) London

WC2R 2LS | Email: language.resources@kcl.ac.uk for more information about Modern Language Centre cultural events and workshops | Eventbrite: here

As part of King’s College London’s 2017 Brazil Week, the Modern Language Centre is hosting a series of free lunchtime sessions for you to delve into the fascinating world of Brazilian language and culture. In this session, we will consider the contribution African people have made to Portuguese language and culture.

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52) ANCIENT AFRICANS IN EUROPE IN EUROPE, ASIA & AMERICA

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Date: Sun 12 Feb | Time: 14:00pm – 17:00pm | Venue:  The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG | FB: /Afristoricals | Twitter: @Afristoricals | Pinterest: /akigwe  | Eventbrite: here

History”, as we know it today, suggests the only contributions Africans played was the role of slaves and poverty stricken souls unable to survive without the aid of their enforced enslavement and colonialism.

The concept of “race” is a European invention, yet when it comes to identifying the ethnicity of the first humans and civilizations, European scientists and institutions claim not to recognise “race” and attribute the founders of ancient civilizations and the first humans to non-Africans, when the evidence clearly shows that these original founders were African.

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53) PRACTICING SUBALTERNITY: POSTCOLONIAL TANZANIA, THE DAR ES SCHOOL & PAN-AFRICAN GEOPOLITICAL IMAGINATIONS

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Date: Mon 20 Feb | Time: 18:15 – 19:30pm | Venue:  Moore Building Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London Egham Hill, Egham TW20 0EX | Email: events@royalholloway.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

 

Following Tanzanian independence in 1961, and especially during the period after the announcement of its intention to follow an independent path of African socialism after the Arusha Declaration in 1967, Julius Nyerere challenged the geopolitics of colonialism and the Cold War. Nyerere – and those he inspired – sought a voice for those previously marginalised from the imaginings of the world order, and proposed an alternative geographical imagination of a united Africa and an alliance of the poor. In this lecture, Professor Sharp will explore the challenge of bringing subaltern imaginations into academic and (geo)political practice during this period.

Gordon Manley Lecture

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FEATURE: THE AFRICAN MARKET

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Date: Sat 25th FEB | Time: Midday – late | VenueOld Spitalfields Market, 105 Commercial Street, E1 6BG London | Insta: /OpenTheGate_ | FB Group: /AfricanMarket | FB Page: /Open-the-Gate-London | Eventbrite: here

Come and join Open The Gate! 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.

INFO & STALL BOOKING:
For more info and bookings, please contact them: theafricanmarket@openthegate.org.uk

www.openthegate.org.uk/market

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