55 Events African Londoners can Look Forward to in April 2017

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Here we go again! April is around and it is probably the busiest month African-orientated socials, supperclubs, networking and film nights throughout the Calendar. The sheer volume mean this month’s edition is in order of actual dates; I am sure there must be an event in here for everyone. There are over 75 events featured in this article- Enjoy!



*** Feature: FAAJI SUNDAYS: 2nd April Drunch Fest ***

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Date: Sunday April 2nd | Time: 18:00pm – 23:00pm | Venue: Secret Location |  Follow them on: Insta: /FaajiSundays |  Twitter: @Faaji_Sundays & FaceBook: /FaajiSundays

Introducing Faaji Sundays, a lifestyle brand with one mantra – to positively promote our West African culture through the philosophy of FAAJI – a word which originates from the Yoruba language meaning enjoyment.

Every last Sunday of the month between 6pm – 11pm in a secret location, we aim to provide a unique cultural experience and bottomless “Drunch”- including a 4-course menu of West African food with a twist, a live band, old and new African music, and great vibes. *Drunch – An alternative to brunch, late evening boozy dinner, popular in France, and soon to be popular in the UK. London’s first drunch club is finally here.

This inclusive event will also be celebrating different music that have been inspired by our style of music to truly reflect the cultural melting pot in London. Get ready to experience FAAJI. This event is aimed at foodies with a keen interest in music, fashion, travel, culture and anyone who just wants to have a great time.



FRIDAY 31st MARCH



1) MBTN Connect

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Date: Fri March 31st | Time: 18.30pm- Midnight | Venue: Crowne Plaza London – The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB | Hosts: MoveBackToNigeria | Facebook: /MBTNGlobal | Twitter: @MBTNGlobal | Eventbrite: here

MBTN connect is an exclusive weekly social and professional networking event for high flying African, Caribbean and other diverse professionals based in London. It is hosted at the Crowne Plaza London -The City, a stylish hotel located in London’s historic Square Mile, opposite Blackfriars station. When you arrive at the event, you will be given a name badge, allowing you to be more targeted with your networking efforts. Each event attracts professionals from a wide range of industry backgrounds including: Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Media, Corporate Law, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and much more…

For more info; please click here



2) Boko Haram Crisis & National Unity/Security in Nigeria

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Date: Fri, March 31 | Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Venue: King’s College, University of Cambridge, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST | Hosts: African Society of Cambridge University & Cambridge University Nigeria Society | Email: ascu@cusu.cam.ac.uk | Email: here | Eventbrite: here

We are pleased to have Lt General Buratai, the current Chief of Army Staff for Nigeria, whose imminent visit to the UK will see him deliver a talk, addressing professors, and students on the issue of the Boko Haram insurgency, governance, terrorism and national unity. This talk is being organised by the African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) and Cambridge University Nigerian Society (CUNS).

For more info; please click here



3) Moolaadé

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Date: Fri 31 March | Time: 19:30 – 21:30pm | Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Totteham Green, London N15 4RX | Hosts: Bernie Grant Art Centre | FB: /BernieGrantCentre | Twitter: @BGACentre | YouTube: /BGAC | Eventbrite: here

Rebel With a Camera: The Cinema of Ousmane Sembène

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadéand Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.

The programme is coordinated in collaboration with Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

For more info; please click here



4) The Sermon: The Launch

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar | Time: 21:00 – Midnight | Venue: The Siding, 5 O’Meara Street, London SE1 1TE | Hosts: Let’s Talk: The Sermon | Insta: /letstalkthesermon | FB: /LetsTalkTheSermon | Twitter: @TheSermon_ | Eventbrite: here

Let’s Talk The Sermon

The Sermon invites you to The Siding, in the heart of London Bridge on the 31st of March 2017, from 9pm to 12am where you can expect a showcase of eclectic acts such as. The event will cater to the historians and curators of the timeless musical and artistic classics, as well as those who love to discover new up and coming sounds.

On the night you will be graced by performances from:

SVGA: https://soundcloud.com/svgaa | Jaghana: https://soundcloud.com/jaghana | Oddisnormal: https://soundcloud.com/oddisnormal | Grooveguruu: https://soundcloud.com/grooveguruu

For more info; please click here



5) Book Launch: FREEDOM OF THE PHOENIX

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar | Time: 19:00 – 3:00am | Venue: The Chapel Bar, 29 Penton Street, London N1 9PX | Hosts: Chantelle Baker | Twitter: @MsChantelleB | Eventbrite: here

Freedom of the Phoenix is a poetry book written by Chantelle Baker, who took her experiece with domestic violence and used spoken words to illustrate the different emotions she had to overcome to become the woman she is now.

“A woman is more likely to be killed by a male partner (or former partner) than any other person. About 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence. Of the total domestic violence homicides, about 75% of the victims were killed as they attempted to leave the relationship or after the relationship had ended.”

On March 31st we celebrate the essence of LIFE with her book, to those who have gone through it and survived, to the families who sadly have to grieve each day with the loss of a relative to domestic violence.

The book launch is a strictly themed Masquerade Ball. The night consists of three segments:

* FORMAL DINING (18:00 PM – 19:30PM) * THE BOOK LAUNCH (19:30PM – 21:00 PM) * AFTER PARTY (21:00PM – 3:00 AM)

For more info; please click here



6) BUILT FOR AFRICA: AFRICAN SOLUTIONS TO AFRICAN ISSUES?

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Date: Fri 31 March | Time: 09:00 – 18:30pm | Venue: New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ | Hosts: LSE Africa Summit | Insta: /LSEAfricaSummit | FB: /LSEAfricaSummit | Twitter: @LSEAfricaSummit | Email: africasummit@lse.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

The London School of Economics (LSE) Africa Summit is an annual two-day conference that showcases Africa’s contributions to the world. The summit is a platform to engage and explore cutting edge research and business trends across Africa’s rapidly changing socio-economic environment. Now in its fourth year, the summit has welcomed head of states, senior government officials, leading entrepreneurs, and researchers from across Africa and its diaspora. The summit will be held on March 31st and April 1st 2017 focused on the theme, “Built for Africa: African Solutions to African Issues”. The keynote speakers include Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Nigerian business magnate, Ibukun Awosika.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 1st



7) MPC Nigerian Property Investment Consultation

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Date: Sat, 1 April & Sun 2nd April | Time: 12:30pm | Venue:  1st floor Middlesex house, 29-45 High Street, Edgware HA8 7UU | Hosts: Midas Property Group | FB: /MIDAS-Property-Group-UK | Twitter: @MIDASPropGroup | Linkedin: /in/MIDAS-Poperty-Group | Eventbrite: here

This event will be a quick introduction and presentation to the Nigerian property market in lucrative areas such as Lekki and Abuja to all who are interested. MIDAS plan on displaying a portfolio of properties in prestigous estates such as Chevron drive in collaboration with well renowned property developers such as Megamound and Adriano properties.

“Interested in taking advantage of Nigeria’s current economic climate ? There is no greater time to invest, Nigeria is touted at the moment as one of the developing countries with great potentials in real estate and one of the competitive players in the global real estate market that has fast becoming increasingly attractive to investors.”

For more info; please click here



8) ♔ MISS CONGO UK 2017 FINAL GALA NIGHT ♔

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Date: Sat, 1 Apr | Time: 19:00 – Midnight | Venue: The Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway London E15 4BQ | Hosts: misscongo.co.uk | Hosts: @Disk&Jockey & Disk&JockeyEntertainment | Email: misscongouk@gmail.com or diskandjockey@googlemail.com | Office: 07946772309 | Eventbrite: here

♔ DISK AND JOCKEY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: ♔ MISS CONGO BEAUTY PAGEANT UK 2017 ♔ A GALA NIGHT WITH THE AIM OF CELEBRATING CONGOLESE BEAUTY ♔ ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AFRICAN BEAUTY PAGEANT CONTEST IN EUROPE WILL BE AT THE STRATFORD TOWN HALL ♔

FROM 7PM – 12AM | NORMAL TICKET : £20 | VIP TICKET: £35

( FOR MORE TICKETS AND INFO CALL 07411842609 or 07946772309. Furthermore; if you’re based in East or North London – do contact: FRANKOS : 07411842609 a.k.a (twitter) @FrankosMoneyMan or (instagram) /FrankosMoneyMan | FBIZOO: 07939911269 a.k.a @FBI_MrBizzo. If you’re based in South London – do contact: PRINCE : 07988889532 or JUNIOR CAVE : 07908444697 )

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9) Jamma Rekk Presents: Noir Escape

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Date: Sat 1 April | Time: 11:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: 124-126 Brick Lane, (at the back of Dark Sugars) London E1 6RU | Insta: /JammaRekk | FB: /JammaRekk | Twitter: @JammaRekk | Eventbrite: here

Join Jamma Rekk every Saturday for London’s first ever weekly African Caribbean market Square. They will be selling jerk duck and fish cake wraps, Afra, rice and veg curry. Plus a few surprises every now and then. There is also Booze on sale and a DJ playing some serious tunes so come down and enjoy!

For more info; please click here



10) Cocktails & Head-Wrap Tutorial 

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Date: Sat, April 1 | Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Venue: IZELIA Flagship Concession Store, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Ripple Road, Barking IG11 8DH | Hosts: Izelia Fashion & Naberay Bangura | Insta: /IzeliaFashion | Twitter: @IzeliaFashion | FB: /IzeliaFashion | Email: info@izelia.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Joins Izelia for their 2nd edition of Cocktails and a Headwrap Tutorial @izeliafashion flagship store in barking on the 1st April 2017. They Are also Proud To Announce That CB Accessorise Will Be Having Their Official Launch At The IzeliaFlagshipStore on the 1st of April 2017.

We Feel Honoured That The Brain And Beauty Behind #CBAccessorise @Naberay Is Also Collaborating With US. Join Us As We Make History!!!! Ticket £15 – A FREE Cocktail & Free Head-Wrap from our current collection plus Free Head-wrap Tutorial and a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the new collection of handmade African print ready to wear pieces, home decor and fashion accessories in store.(25% off selected items)

For more info; please click here



11) MUUK™ Campaign Against Child Sacrifice Fundraiser & Awareness 2017

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Date: Sat 1 April | Time: 14:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: Youth for Human Rights International, 146 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BY | Insta: /MissUgandaUK | FB: /MissUgandaUK | Twitter: @MissUgandaUK | YouTube: /Miss-Uganda-UK | Phone: +44(0)7481 864143 or +44(0)7538 401661 | Email: info@missugandauk.org | Eventbrite: here

Miss Uganda UK™ invites you to our 2017 Campaign Against Child Sacrifice Fundraiser and Awareness event on Saturday, 1st April 2017 at Youth for Human Rights Interational, 146 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BY from 2pm – 5pm. Hosted by Miss Uganda UK 2016/17 Bridget Katungi.

“Bridget and the team will be travelling to Uganda from 8th April to 8th May 2017 to continue to raise awareness about child sacrifice in Uganda. Come and see the work Miss Uganda UK™ in partnership with the Jubilee Campaign UK have been doing over the years, and find out about this year’s campaign mandate and how you can support the cause. The afternoon will include some light entertainment and raffle draws.”

This is a free event with complimentary snacks and drinks served. Registration is required for all guests. (Suggest donation of £10)

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 2nd



12) Global Women in Food

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 13:00 – 15:30pm | Venue: East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8EW | Hosts: Female Foodpreneur Collective | Insta: /Fem_Foodpreneur | Twitter: @Fem_Foodpreneur | FB: /FemaleFoodPreneurCollective | SoundCloud: /women-in-food-podcast | Eventbrite: here

Join Female Foodpreneur Ashanti as they talk to women about how their culture has infuenced their career and business in food. Children are welcome (free) when accompanied by an adult. Glad to hear our lovely Ifeyinwa Frederick of Chuku’s LDN will be attending and on the panel along with Alissa Timoshkina of Kino Vino.

“We are super passionate about collaborating with other local business women. So we are very proud to be hosted by the Spring pop up event which celebrates the talents of local artists. This event helps communities to support local creative businesses by giving them an opportunity to meet the maker and purchase a range of unique quality not on the high street products.” 

For more info; please click here



13) Curls, Coils & Cupcakes – EmpowHER Girls Afternoon Tea

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 12:30 – 15:30pm | Venue: Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3QD | Hosts: Mane Divas | Insta: /ManeDivas | Twitter: @ManeDivas | FB: /ManeDivas | YouTube: /Main-Divas-Videos | Phone: 02082141390 | Email: info@manedivas.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

EmpowHER Girls Afternoon Tea will be hosted by Mane Divas & CurlyTreatsBOX; 2 UK brands aspiring to create an engaging and enjoyable experience with activities for both adult and child (under 12s) to participate.

“Your daughter is beautiful and so are you….Join us at the luxurious Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Hotel for an uplifting afternoon created to inspire and celebrate our princesses’. Visit our Facebook Event page for more information on the activities planned and tickets AVAILABLE HERE. We will also help guide you on practical regimes and tools to maintain little girls’ delicate strands, encouraging health and growth.”

For more info; please click here



14) Jollof & Jerk Anniversary Comedy Show

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 19:00 – 23:30 | Venue: Camden Centre, Town Hall

Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE | Hosts: Curve Bar London| Insta: /JollofnJerk_Comedy | FB: /CurveBarLondon | For tickets, info or table bookings: 07872600167 | Evenbrite: here

CURVE is a sophisticated and contemporary basement bar in South East London. The discreet entrance gives little away with regard to the sumptuous interior – and the amazing Jollof N Jerk Comedy events these guys hold annually. Quite Simply put; The best in African and Caribbean comedy in London and probably the UK.

Comedians Line Up:

⭐Eddie Kadi | ⭐Slim | ⭐Will-E | ⭐Dane Baptise | ⭐Moreal | Hosted by

⭐Dizzle

Early bird tickets £15 | Standard tickets start from £20

For more info; please click here



15) SEMBENE!

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 16:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Totteham Green, London N15 4RX | Insta: /PhoenexCommunityCare | FB: /PhoenexCommunityCentre | Twitter: @pcc_community | Linkedin: /in/Phoenix-Community-Care | Site: phoenixcommunity.org | Eventbrite: here

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadéand Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.

The programme is coordinated in Collaboration with Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

For more info; please click here



16) Lerato’s African Easter Brunch (Plantains & Shakshuka)

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: The Joker, 58 Penton Street, London N1 9PZ | Insta: /Lerato_Tomato | Facebook: /LeratoLovesFood | Twitter: @LeratoLondon | Blog: /LeratoLovesFood | Eventbrite: here

Lerato will feast on foods from across Africa, inspired by Easter and the season of Lent. As lenten comes from Old English meaning the arrival of the spring season, she will welcome this time of new life and rebirth with bountiful fruits, vegetables, legumes served alongside a special recipe of plantains cooked in shakshuka marrying West African native produce with this much-loved North African dish.

Fasting and feasting is an Easter tradition and in true African style, we will feast on a selection of sharing plates inspired by my African heritage using traditional foods and spices complemented by ingredients from local British farms as seen in my Guardian Nigeria food columns and my recipes contributed to the BBC.

Please specify dietary requirements at the time of booking. As there is limited seating at our brunch table please early or join our waiting list to be the first to snap up seats if they become available.

This is one for lovers of culture, new adventures, and new friendships!

See you at the table.

For more info; please click here



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17) Spring is in the air: South African white wine

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Date: Mon, April 3 | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: Vivat Bacchus, 4 Hay’s Lane, London Bridge SE1 2HB | Hosts: Vivat Bacchus | FB: /VivatBacchus | Twitter: @Vivat_Bacchus | Insta: /VivatBacchus | 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 April. 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



TUESDAY APRIL 4th



18) African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017

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Date: Tue, April 4 | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: The Sainsbury Laboratory, Auditorium, Cambridge CB2, University Of Cambridge | Hosts: JR Biotech Foundation | Phone: +44 7403739713 | Email: info@jrbiotekfoundation.org | FB: /JR-Biotek-Foundation | Linkedin: /in/JR-Biotek-Foundation | Twitter: @JRbiotek | Eventbrite: here

The African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 is a flagship initiative of JR Biotek Foundation. It was developed to inspire early-career life science and biotech professionals (including research scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and present and future bio-industry leaders) from Africa and the diaspora to help find practical solutions that will contribute to Africa’s sustainable development.

The Summit will bring together, 70 students and early-/mid-career life science and biotech professionals (including research scientists, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and bio-industry leaders) from Africa and the diaspora to discuss the current state of Africa’s biotech industry. Our goal is to create a unique platform for Africa’s future leaders and key stakeholders, especially those in the diaspora, to better understand the challenges and opportunities in Africa’s biotech and life science sector, and how they may be involved in finding practical solutions that will help build the continent’s bioeconomy.

 For more info; please click here



19) Reporting Ethiopia – 2007-2009

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Date: Tue 4 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Thornhaugh Street, Room B102, Brunei Building, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) , London, WC1H 0XG | Hosts: Anglo Ethiopian Society | FB: /AngloEthiopianSociety | Eventbrite: here

Elizabeth Blunt had a long career in the BBC, and has reported from both Africa and South Asia for World Service radio, receiving an MBE for her part in BBC coverage of the Liberian Civil War. In 2007, after officially retiring, she returned to work in Ethiopia where she served for two years as the Corporation’s reporter in Addis Ababa.

Her two years there saw few dramatic political developments, although the consequences of the events of 2005 were still being played out. But she was lucky enough to be able to report on the Ethiopian Millennium, the end of the rift with Pope Shenouda, and an Oromo coronation, as well as topics ranging from cross border raiding in South Omo to Tigrean embroiderers with a nice line in replica Welsh Quilts.

Being a journalist in Ethiopia has never been easy, and has undoubtedly got harder since she left, but the rewards are great, and her time there left Elizabeth with some vivid memories which she will share with us in this talk.

For more info; please click here



THURSDAY 6th APRIL



20) LindyHopEastLdn: Lindy Hop and Solo A.V.Jazz dance classes at Chats Palace

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Date: Thursday, 6 April | Time: 20:00 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

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.

American Vernacular Jazz (sometimes known as Solo or Authentic Jazz) as with most Jazz Dance forms, has its roots in the African dance diaspora. Generally associated with the Lindy Hop, possessing elements of the Charleston, it has taken on its own identity and widely practised today. AVJazz shows itself in House, Hip Hop and similar modern street dance forms. A great example can be seen in the music video That’s It!. Notable dancers Katherine Dunham, Al Minns and Leon James and Chazz Young.

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21) Develop your Ideas: Social Enterprises

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Date: Thu 6 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue:  Work.Life Camden, 13 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NP | Hosts: Do it Now Now Africa | Insta: /DiNNAfrica | FB: /DiNNAfrica | Twitter :@DiNNAfrica | Email: team@doitnownow.com | Eventbrite: here

Startsups for Africa are amazing! Their purpose is to resource and up-skill entrepreneurs who are interested in the development of African communities. They host fun, vibrant and engaging events for all to attend. If you have a passion for Africa’s development and wish to contribute to it; then look know no further.

Whether or not you have an idea for the development of African communities, join DiNNAfrica as they consider what your next steps should be and how they can help you reach your goals.  They run a community of over 900 social entrepreneurs, consultants and experts who are interested in the development of Africa.

“Do it Now Now is a fundraising solution. Startups for Africa (SFA) is an online community. Both are #fortheloveofAfrica! We’re bringing what we’ve learned over the past couple of years to you.”

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22) Exhale Live Sessions ft. MA RI AM, Chris Hornsby, Laurie Ogden

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Date: Thursday, April 6 | Time: 8:00 – 10:30 PM | Venue: Del’Aziz & Zahra Bar, 55-57 The Pavement, SW4 0JQ London | Hosts: Creative Flowe | Insta: /CreativeFlowe | FB: /CreativeFlowe  | Twitter: @CreativeFlowe | Email: creativeflowe@gmail.com | 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. 1st Thursday of every month!

This month Lanre presents:

MA R I AM a singer/songwriter and guitarist hailing from south london, combines her sweet vocals which has been described as ‘atmospheric soul’ to fill your earlobes with a blend of pop, soul, folk and alternative music, with thought provoking lyrics that will get you thinking and bopping your head. A self professed story teller, an ability she credits to her Nigerian heritage, although she was born and raised in London, she has grown up in strong roots and culture.

Chris Hornsby works entirely with things he can strum, blow, hit, kick and shake Chris Hornsby creates an authentic sound with traces of Folk, Americana and laid back rock. His songs are rich with modern storytelling and suffused with imagery.

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

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23) CHUKU’S LONDON: Every Thursday and Friday @ The Canvas Cafe

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Date: THU, MAR 9 – Fri April 14th | Time: 6:00PM – 10:00PM | Venue: CHUKU’S @ THE CANVAS CAFE, 42 HANBURY STREETLONDON, ENGLAND, E1 5JL| Insta: /ChukusLDN | Facebook: /chukusLDN | Twitter: @chukusLDN | Email: info@chukuslondon.co.uk | Event Link: here

Come chop, chat, chill with us every Thursday and Friday till mid April at The Canvas Cafe, Shoreditch for a trip to mini-Lagos!

Most of the tables in their  restaurants are kept unreserved so they can accommodate more of our chop-chat-chillers and we now only take reservations for groups of 6 or more. Excellent and Unique Food Pop-up here. Chuku’s Nigerian tapas pop-up is bringing a taste of Lagos to London every Thursday in March. Recommended by Time Out London, it’s the place to chop, chat, chill. With jollof quinoa on the menu, Fela Kuti on the speakers and Lagos Monopoly (yes, it’s a thing!) on the tables, you don’t want to miss out. And remember, tapas is made for sharing, so share the good news. Tag a friend who needs to know and book your table today: bookings@chukuslondon.co.uk

Smaller groups are always welcome to walk in. You may have to wait, depending on what time of day you visit, but be sure they’ll find you a table!

If you are a party of 6 or more and would like to book, email bookings@chukuslondon.co.uk with the date, preferred time and party size in the subject heading.

For more info on this event; please click here



24) Motherland

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Date: Thu 6 April | Time: 17:30 – 20:30pm | Venue: St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham N15 5PU (Approx 10 mins walk from Seven Sisters Station. On street parking. Buses 67, 259, 279 stop nearby) | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter: @BlackHistStudies | Facebook: black.historystudies | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube: /Black-History-Studies | Linkedin: /in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google + : /BHstudies | Eventbrite: here

THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!! AN EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!! This event will take place on THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 2017 from 6pm to 8pm. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth. Motherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinematic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa’s past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager).

This event will be held at St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5PU. .

Admission will be FREE. Donations would be appreciated.

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY 7th APRIL



25) SoulFull Café Presents: ‘SouFull Sessions: Debate and Mingle’

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Date: Fri 7 April | Time: 19:30 – 23:30pm | Venue: MostArt Centre, 86 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PA | Hosts: Soul Full Cafe | Insta: /SoulFullCafe | FB: /SoulFullCafe | Email: soulfullcafeldn@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

SoulFull Café is excited to introduce our very first ‘SoulFull Sessions: Debate and Mingle’. These guys are  London’s Very Own Pop-Up Evening of Authentic West African/Afro Fusion Cuisine, Spoken Word and Live Music Performances.

SoulFull Sessions: Debate and Mingle will be intimate evenings of live music, poetry, networking and conversations about various topics that pertain to young Christian professionals in London.

Our first event of this kind will feature:

* Icebreaker sessions and networking games * Live music and spoken word performances * A conversation delving into singleness, dating and relationships *

And of course it wouldn’t be SoulFull Café without serving food right?! NAWA Afro Cuisine will be on hand to provide a variety of West African Canapés for guests to enjoy.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY 8th APRIL



26) ENTREPRENEURIAL ENGINEERS: FROM IDEAS TO INNOVATION

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 11:00 – 15:00pm | Venue: TFL Building London, 68-70 Blackfriars Rd, Opposite Southwark Underground Station, London SE1 8JZ | Hosts: ENGINEERING FORUM OF NIGERIANS (UK) | Eventbrite: here

Are you an Engineer? Are you interested in Engineering? Are you studying an Engineering course? Do you have innovative ideas waiting for that one push?

The Engineering Forum of Nigerians UK (EFN) is organising a unique seminar with Dr Sola Adesola. Sola leads modules in International Business, Operations management, Business Strategy, Regional Studies: Asia, Africa and Europe, and Corporate & Business Law. Sola is the Chair of the OBU Africa Forum, a think tank intellectual dialogue, a voice on Africa research and academic matters and Director of Advantage Global Positioning.

Entrepreneurship and commercial awareness are very important skills for engineering professionals. They must be well grounded not only in product design and service delivery but also in areas such as idea management and innovation, business and new market development. At this seminar, you will be introduced to essential skills for success in today’s market for engineering services.

For more info; please click here



27) MY AFRICAN HOB: SUPPERCLUB

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 18:30pm – 21:30pm | Venue: Grove Community Centre, Bradmore Park Road, London W6 0DT | Email: info@myafricanhob.com | Site: www.myafricanhob.com | Eventbrite: here

Fantastic! A newbie on our entry list. Check these guys out! This Supper Club event will take place at various venues in London. You will be served a three course menu including a delicious West African starter and dessert. You will also be served welcome drinks made from traditional West African ingredients like a warming Ginger Beer and lime drink or a Wonjo (Hibiscus flower/sorrel) cocktail. The venue is 10 minutes’ walk from Hammersmith Broadway Centre. Parking is also free outside the venue on weekends.

For more info on this event; please click here



28) Senegal Independance Gala Night

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 19:00 – 23:30pm | Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Scales Road Tottenham, London N17 9EZ | Hosts: Fouta Dev | FB: /Fouta-Développement | Linkedin: /in/Fouta-Group-Development-International | Email: foutadev@outlook.com | Eventbrite: here

A get together by the senegalese community (and friends) in the UK to celebrate Senegal’s 57th year of independance from France.This gala will also be used to highligt the issue of female genital mutilation. Come and bring a friend with you and enjoy a great night of music, speeches, dance and a delightful array of Senegalese food.

“Cette structure organisationnelle, politiquement neutre, non gouvernementale et inclusive place en priorité le développement humanitaire d\’accompagnement sur d\’autres formes de développement non adaptées à nos réalités. Nous travaillons avec nos partenaires acteurs de développement à assurer la diversification et la pérennité de leurs organisations. Notre présence dans les communautés que nous desservons assure la viabilité, la dynamisation et le développement de leurs terroirs. À toutes et à tous je vous souhaite une chaleureuse bienvenue dans ce site dont la régularité de la mise à jour constitue un ingrédient supplémentaire dans la mise à disposition des informations plus utiles pour tous. Bonne navigation. Mansour Kane Pdt du Comité de Pilotage International Provisoire”

For more info; please click here



29) Research Your African Ancestry

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 12:00 – 14:00pm | Venue: Willesden Green Library & Museum, 95 High Road, London NW10 8BN | Hosts: PaulCrooks | FB: /PaulCrooksAncestry | Twitter: @PaulCrooksUK | Email: info@paulcrooksuk.com | Eventbrite: here

Amazing Initiative here! Ancestry Talks’ wish is to deliver enjoyable Black ancestry and Black history fused talks/socials. You decide whether just to listen, interact socially or both. Our audiences are keen to develop a love of heritage that will last a lifetime.

Paul Crooks is Black Britain’s trailblazing expert in tracing African-Caribbean family history. In 1990, he was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa.

Paul’s novel and guide to tracing to tracing Black ancestry unlocked sources for researching slave ownership and Black British family history. Subsequent speaking engagements, an appearance on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and national radio interviews, inspired a generation of to start exploring legacies of Britain’s slave ownership.

 For more info; please click here



30) Mother & Daugher Self-Esteem Summit

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: The Multiplex 1, Churchill Close, Green Street, DARTFORD DA1 1QE | Host: Sheun Olotu-Oke | FB: /SheunOlotu | Twitter: @SheunOlotu_Oke | Linkedin: /in/SheunOke | YouTube: /SheunOke | Phone: 07411857200 | Eventbrite: here

Join Sheun Oke at this ‘Mother and daughter Self Esteem summit’ in Dartford for an Inspirational day of Building, Connecting and Bonding.Featuring side attractions like: Stiletto walking, Mom vs daughter lip-synching, Dance-a-thon, Mother and daughter relationship discussion,

Speakers : Cllr. Rosanna Currans ( Deputy Mayor Dartford)

Tracey Sokoya (Author-Tasty kids Recipes)

Come dressed to impress!

GIFT (sponsored by Stephen Oke Photography)

Mother-Daughter portrait (Valued @ £70)

For more info; please click here



31) BLUE BRITZ UK

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 11:00 – 14:30pm | Venue: The King’s Head, 10 Stafford St, Mayfair, London W1S 4RX | Hosts: Democratic Alliance Abroad | FB: /DAAbroadUK | Twitter: @DA_Abroad | Linkedin: /in/Democratic-Alliance-Abroad | YouTube: /DA-Abroad | Eventbrite: here

New DA supporters can hang out volunteers and members at the friendly diaspora SA  event. The seventh Blue Blitz day on 8 April 2017! The workshop will be held at The King’s Head – which is centrally located and only 5 minutes from Green Park Station.Following the Blue Blitz workshop all attendees are invited to join the DA Abroad team for a meal at the pub at their own cost, so please do hang around for that.

Following the DA’s success in last years Local Government Elections, we’ve met so many great South Africans who want to get involved with the DA Abroad. The Blue Blitz events are an opportunity for us all to meet and for the volunteers to find out find out a lot more about the DA and the DA Abroad, and how they can get involved.

 For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 9th



32) The Mighty Tiger Lives – A Cultural Memorial

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 16:00 – 22:00 | Venue: Carnival Village, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY | Hosts: Association of British Calypsonians | FB: /The.ABC.CalypsoTent | Email: britishcalypsonians@gmail.com | Phone: 0207 286 1656 / 0207 221 9700 | Eventbrite: here

Ashton Moore aka Mighty Tiger in 1992 pioneered the establishment of the now popular one and only London Calypso Tent in the UK produced byThe Association of British Calypsonians of which he was the President, Tiger as he is popularly called started singing calypso as a teenager and performed at the Southern Brigade, Revue Calypso and Victory Tents in Trinidad prior to emigrating to Britain.

A multiple winner of the UK Calypso Monarch, Tiger was an ardent Carnivalist that served on different manifestations of the Notting Hill Carnival Boards. He joined the ancestors in February 2017 but The Mighty Tiger Lives through his music, his work and commitment that ensured calypso music is now enshrined in the culural landscape of Britain, The ABC and its supporters invite you to celebrate his legacy.

 For more info; please click here



33) IT’S JAMMA TIME: SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 14:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: Yellow Pavilion, Engineers Way, Wembley Park HA9 OEG | Insta: /JammaRekk | FB: /JammaRekk | Twitter: @JammaRekk | Eventbrite: here

Come and join these cool guys again for some Jamma Rekk fusion. Experience a taste of Barbados, Gambia and Jamaica and get a peek into our fabulous mixed heritage. Enjoy a three course buffet plus BOTTOMLESS Jamma Juice, which is our seriously dangerous rum infused cocktail!

The Menu:

Pre starter:

Fish cakes: Succulent, tasty salt fish fritters. Infused with scotch bonnet peppers, onions, parsley and fresh herbs. Served with a selection of dips

Starters

Jerk duck:Pulled duck served on a bed of salad with some tasty mango salsa on the side

Or

Jerk Plantain: Shredded plantain is served on a bed of salad and accompanied by a zesty tamarind sauce

Main

Chew I Yappa with Jollof rice: Gambian beef stew. Succulent boneless beef, cassava and potatoes cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce

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Chew I veg with Jollof rice: This vegetarian version of a traditional Gambian dish is not to be missed. Enjoy chick peas, potatoes, carrots, cassava and spinach all cooked in a spicy tomato sauce

Dessert

Rum cake with rum sauce! This needs no explanation!

For more info; please click here



34) The Fourth Annual Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo 2017

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 11:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London W2 1NB | Host: Conscious Vibes | Insta: /ConsciousVibes | FB: /ConsciousVibesMagazine | Twitter: @ConsciousVibesM | Linkedin: /in/ConsciousVibesMagazine | Email: info@consciousvibes.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

The 4th annual Conscious Vibes  Natural Hair & Lifestyle Exporeturns Sunday, 9th April 2017!… Its purpose is to celebrate, promote the beauty & diversity of natural hair & lifestyle. Allowing children, women and men of all generations to meet in a chilled, sophisticated social environment.

Showcasing,  Live hair demo’s and styling, hair consultation,African Fashion, Cultural specific bags, books, food and more.

“We also encourage women with processed hair to attend as well; Our overall aim is to break down the barriers and stigma associated with Natural Hair, whist eradicating the concept that there is a division within our community about hair.”

For more info; please click here



35) Ancient Africans in Europe, Asia & America

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Date: Sun, April 9 | Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 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.

Join us and see exactly how Black people established and engineered the ancient civilizations in Ice Age Europe, Asia and America by joining us on this ground-breaking tour.

At the end of the tour you can take home the exclusive Ancient Africans in Europe, Asia & America brochure for a small donation of £10. Click here to donate and reserve your copy

For more info; please click here



36) Black History Walks x NNO History Walk – Notting Hill

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 11:30 – 14:30pm | Venue: Notting Hill, London W11 | Hosts: Nubian Nights Out & Black History Walks | Insta: /NubianNightsOut | Twitter: @NubianNightsOut | FB: /NubianNightsOut | Meetup: meetup.comNubian-Nights-Out | Email: nubiannightsout@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

In 140 minutes Black History Walks will take us through hundreds of years of the African presence and contribution to London’s way of life.

There is much more to Notting Hill than Carnival but even that history is often mis-represented. Find out about pioneering African/Caribbean people who literally fought for equality and laid the foundation for modern multi-cultural London. Why does Portobello Road have that name? Where in London is there evidence of 3500 years of African civilisation? How is Kelso Cochrane connected to Stephen Lawrence?

This walk features:

– West Indian Freedom Fighters in London

– The White Defence League, Oswald Mosley and immigration

– Black self empowerment, economics and community planning

– Claudia Jones and the origins of Carnival

– Bob Marley, Diana Ross, Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Band Aid, Rhianna and where they hung out

– Shebeens and the Black Panthers

– World War Two, Windrush, Segregation and Gentrification

– Frank Chrichlow, Darcus Howe legends of Black British Civil Rights

– Race, Class, Gender, Literature, Science and much, much more!

For more info; please click here



37) TOTTENHAM AFRICAN CARIBBEAN WALK

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 11:00 – 13:00pm | Venue: Exit 2, Seven Sisters Station, Corner of Broad Lane, Seven Sisters Road and Ashmount Road, Tottenham N15 4DD | FB: /BlackHistoryAllYearRound | Site: AvrilsWalks&Talks | Eventbrite: here

Avril’s Walks and Talks is run by the vivacious Avril Nanton. She has been a student of Black History edification for many years and enjoys passing on information to the general public about a subject close to her heart. As the Director, she uses her experience and knowledge to fully inform her audience on the walk so that they come away with new information about something they may have been walking past for years and never knew anything about. She helps to change the perspective of those who “didn’t know”…

Come and hear “moor” about the King Phillip of Spain & His entourage Balthazar Sanchez and his achievements in Tottenham. Avril’s Walks and Talks takes you on a fascinating tour around Tottenham looking at the area from a black perspective.

This 2 hour tour will take you from the 1550’s right up to today, showing you the area in a different light. Here are just some of the things the walk covers:

* Wartime Britain and Black people’s contribution * The industrialisation of Black Hair * Tottenham Outrage * Police Relations in the area * Moves and Grooves, the clubs of Tottenham * Black Comedy in Tottenham *

For more info; please click here



MONDAY APRIL 10th



38) INKY CUTTLEFISH STUDIOS: EASTER Creative Project for Kids

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr – Thurs 13th April | Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 7 Blackhorse Lane, London E17 | Hosts: Inky Cuttlefish | FB: /inky-cuttlefish | Twitter: @Inky_Cuttlefish | Phone: 07753 686331 | Eventbrite: here

Inky Cuttlefish Studios set up in 2007 and have since worked in partnership and with a variety of high profile artists, charities, organisations and groups in our local community, London, Berlin and South Africa. It comprises a printmaking workshop, a cafe (opening soon), a meeting room and a large community creative space available for hire.

“We will be delivering a series of exciting sessions that explore printmaking and visual art alongside African and Caribbean rhythm and movement. We will also be playing with creating art through movement! The sessions will be run in an airy light inspirational studio by experienced professional artists. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in printmaking or movement-based activities – we will make sure that there is something fun and exciting for you to do!”

For more info; please click here



TUESDAY APRIL 11th



39) How to Build a Personal Economy

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Date: Tue 11 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL | Hosts: Lavinia D Osbourne & Centre of Pan-African Thought | Twitter: @PanAfricanUK | FB: /PanAfricanThought | Eventbrite: here

In Britain 30% of people of Black Caribbean descent live in low income households, 50% if you’re Black African. How do we reverse this trend? How can we begin to improve our personal and macroeconomic standing as African people?

In this class, our financial mastery coach Lavinia D Osbourne will help us to develop the foundational mindset and techniques for creating your own personal economy. You will acquire the tools to improve your financially literacy and start a journey of wealth and abundance. We all have aspirations and dreams, whether you want to become and investor, tackle a debt problem, or simply begin breaking the cycle of poverty in your family; this class will help you take responsibility using the most powerful instrument we have, our mindset

What you will learn:

* What money is exactly * Transform bad financial habits and improve your personal relationship with money * How money works, i.e compound interest, APR’s, investment principles * How to search the market place for better deals * Techniques for creating financial goals and strategies * Take responsibility through personal development

For more info; please click here



40) Marking the 40th Anniversary of ROOTS Mini-series

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Date: Tue 11 April | Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm | Venue: Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone, London E11 1HG | Hosts: PaulCrooks | FB: /PaulCrooksAncestry | Twitter: @PaulCrooksUK | Email: info@paulcrooksuk.com | Eventbrite: here

Trailblazing family historian and author Paul Crooks captivates his audience with his account of how he traced his African forebears enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago. Come and hear Paul’s account of how he traced his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother and his roots in Africa.

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history | Tell your friends that registration is essential. You are advised to book your ticket early as venue space is limited | Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

Light refreshments available. Click here for more information about Paul Crooks.

For more info; please click here



WEDNESDAY APRIL 12th



41) Knowledge Quarter Private Tour: Treasures of the Asian & African Studies Reading Room Date #2

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Date: Wed 12 April | Time: 17:30 – 19:00 | Venue: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB | Hosts: The Knowledge Quarter | Phone: 020 7412 7116 (Jodie Eastwood) | Twitter: @KQ_London | FB: /The-Knowledge-Quarter | Eventbrite: here

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff and friends from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private tours and views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the British Library. You are invited to an exclusive private after-hours tour of the British Library’s Asian & African Studies Reading Room and see some fascinating collection items.

Hedley Sutton, Reference Team Leader of the Asian and African Studies Reading Room at the British Library, will pull out a dozen of the Collection’s most peculiar and precious items from the British Library’s collection. This is a once in the lifetime chance to get up close and personal with history.

For more info; please click here



THURSDAY APRIL 13th



42) Black Dance Archive Celebration And Strategic Alliance Meeting

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Date: Thu, April 13, 2017 | Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA | Hosts: State of Emergency | FB: /SOE_Arts | Twitter: @SOE_Arts | YouTube: /StateOfEmergencyArts | Email: admin@stateofemergencyltd.com | Eventbrite: here

State of Emergency cordially invite you to a an evening of film, presentations and discussion to celebrate the completion of Phase one of the Black Dance Archive. Established in 1986; these guys are committed to the creation of high quality work, and to creativity and innovation in the fields of dance and music. This evening will include a first viewing of the newly released documentary film of the Black Dance Archive project by Franklyn Lane Films, with presentations from artist archive depositors and the next generation of artist/ researchers, followed by refreshments and networking.

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY APRIL 14th



43) The Black Image

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Date: Fri, April 14 | Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Venue: Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank London SE1 8XT | Host: Black History Walks | Hosts: Black History Walks | Facebook: /BlackHistoryWalks | Twitter: @BlackHistWalker | Eventbrite: | Eventbrite: here

‘A very revealing presentation and film which shows how the image of African people has been deliberately altered by Europeans to show negativity. In the 15th century African people were portrayed in European art as noble, sophisticated and intelligent. With the rise of Empire these images were thrown out and replaced with demeaning stereotypes which still inform public opinion via children’s books and Hollywood movies..

Admission free if booked via eventbrite. Donations accepted on the day. This event will start at 6.30pm and latecomers may not get a seat.You can view our Nzingha lectures at www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks

For more info; please click here



44) Female Empowerment in the African Startup Space

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Date: Fri 14 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Work.Life Camden, 13 Hawley Crescent

London NW1 8NP| Hosts: Do it Now Now Africa | Hosts: Do it Now Now Africa | Insta: /DiNNAfrica | FB: /DiNNAfrica | Twitter :@DiNNAfrica | Email: team@doitnownow.com | Eventbrite: here

Women are important.

Are you interested in connecting with startups that place value on the potential of women in African communities?

Join us as we discuss ideas and challenges facing female-led startups as they try to get a foothold in Africa.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 15th



45) NAIJA INFUSIONS: STREET FOOD

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Date: Sat 15 April | Time: 18:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: London cooking project, Ethelburga Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AG | Insta: /AwesomeDishes | FB: /NaijaInfusions | Twitter: @AwesomeDishess | Phone: 02037127070 , 07448261087 | Email: info@naijainfusions.com | Site: www.naijainfusions.com | Snapchat: Awesomedishes | Eventbrite: here

Come with me to NIGERIA and enjoy fantastic taste of Lagos Nigeria, West Africa street food. The evening will include delicious servings of Four course meal which include canapes served with their choco milo cocktail to welcome you. What to expect, tantalising inspired twist on famous street food found across the streets of Lagos, eaten and loved by every lagosians. Awesome Dishes promise good music, wine, cocktails and vibe that will leave you, looking forward to their next supper club. 100% CHILDREN FRIENDLY

MENU:

Starters – Akara (Fried beans fritters) mini sandwich bite and spicy fruity salsa

Mains (1). Boli (grilled plantain) with fried whole mackerel and agoyin sauce (V)

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Mains (2). Ofada rice with mix assorted meat ayamase sauce and dodo ikire

Dessert- Steaming hot buns, with Suya spice homemade ice cream & zobo coulis

For more info; please click here



46) Nollyfest Easter Film Screenings with TAG

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Date: Sat 15 April | Time: 14:00 – 16:30pm | Venue: Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays RM17 5DX | Hosts: NollyFest & Africine Films | Meetup: meetup.com/AfriCine-Films-Nollyfest-Film-Club | Twitter: @NollyFesti | Blog: here | FB: /Africine-NollyFest | Phone: +44 (0)870 844 7326 | Email: Info@nollyfest.com | Eventbrite: here

Nollyfest is back at The Thameside Theatre working with TAG.

After three years in Production the African animated hit – The Secret Princess comes to the Thameside Theatre on Saturday 15th April 2017.

An event for the whole family! Catch this rare screening of The Secret Princess by award winning Director Segun Williams. This ground breaking animated feature film starrs DJ Cuppy as Sade and Desmond Williams in an adapted African folk story full of enchantment and mystery about mistaken identity and the quest for true love.

Limited tickets on sale now!

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 16th



47) LONDON’S FINEST HACKNEYS’ FINEST: Launch Show

Date: Sun 16 April | Time: 19:00 – 22:30pm | Venue: Camden Centre, Judd St, Kings Cross London WC1H 9JE | Hosts: HackneysFinest | Insta: /HackneysFinest | FB: /HackneysFinest | Twitter: @HackneysFinest | Info: info@Hackneysfinest.com | Eventbrite: here

HACKNEYS FINEST & HIGH ROLLERS PR PRESENT: LONDON’S FINEST! (OFFICIAL LAUNCH SHOW)

HACKNEYS FINEST is the UK’s leading social media platform for comedy and entertainment.

Finally the eagerly anticipated seated 800+ people entertainment show is coming to the Camden Centre. We will be bringing you London’s biggest comedians,singers,musicians,Djs, and youtube stars. This will be live entertainment like you have never seen it before!

So if you fancy a good laugh, fancy a great debate, or just simply want to sit back and listen to London’s finest instrumentalist and singers, then get your tickets and come down to a night not to be missed.

LINE UP INCLUDES:

★ HOST: EDDIE KADI ★ THE COMPOZERS ★ KOJO FUNDS & YXNG BANE ★ BKCHAT LDN ★ DAJ JORDON ★ JAZZIE ★ THREE SHOTS OF TEQUILA ★ TRAVIS J ★ REBBECA GARTON ★ OFF COLOUR ★ DJ DARKOZY ★ DJ WREXX

INSTAGRAM: @hackneysfinest For email enquiries : djdarkozy@hackneysfinest.com

TABLES / BIRTHDAYS

For more info on tickets, birthday packages & VIP Tables call 07921511873 / 07507299772

For more info; please click here



48) AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN MARRIAGE REFRESHER

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Date: Sun 16 April | Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm | Venue: Timber Garden Restaurant, 161 London Rd, Croydon CR0 2RJ | Hosts: Kings & Queens United | FB: /Kings&QueensUnited | Twitter: @KQUnited | Phone: 07494 882829 | Email: hello@kingsandqueensunited.com | Eventbrite: here

Welcome to Kings and Queens United: Recreating the bond within African and Caribbean families!

AIM:

>> To educate and empower black Kings and Queens to create and sustain healthy balanced relationships.

>> Explore current and potential issues to find solutions before they become too big of a problem.

>> Provide 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.

Guest speaker on the night: The fabulous and well-experienced Jai Jai – relationship consultant

For more info; please click here



WEDNESDAY APRIL 19th



49) QUESTIONABLE: African History in the British School Curriculum – Roundtable Discussion

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Date: Wed April 19th | Time: 16.30pm – 20.30pm | Venue: Creative Campus 116, Putney Bridge Road, SW15 2NQ London | Hosts: National Institute of African Studies | Insta: /aid4tradeNIAS | FB: /aid4tradeNIAS | Twitter: @aid4tradeNIAS | Eventbrite: here

African history taught in British classrooms today centres on slavery, and the humanitarian aid that western countries send to Africa – the typical ‘single story’ of Africa. When the teaching of African history within the context of Black history begins and end with slavery, it ignores the humanity of black people. In light of this, the National Institute for African Studies (NIAS) is organising a debate & round table discussion on Weds 19th of April @ 6:30pm, where the consequences of the current approaches to teaching African history within British school curriculum will be discussed.

“To address the limited nature of African/Black history taught within British schools. NIAS is proposing to commission a five series booklet, detailing the roles and accounts of five specific ancient African civilisations – prior to contact with the Atlantic slave trade and European colonisation accounts. Your presence and contribution at this event will be much appreciated.”

For more info on this event; please click here



THURSDAY APRIL 20th



50) African Pattern – Lino Printmaking Workshop

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Date: Thu 20 April 2017 | Time: 18:30 – 21:00pm | Venue: Studio 12, Old Manor Park Library 835 Romford Road, London E12 5JY | Hosts: Antonietta Torsiello | Insta: /TorsielloArtist | FB: /TorsielloArt | Twitter: @torsielloartist | Eventbrite: here

Suitable for beginners/improvers

In this 2.5 hours course, you will explore the traditional art of block printing. This form of print can be translated onto many surfaces. In this workshop you will use the wide range of artist books, african fabrics and reference images to come up with a concept for your very own African pattern.

Under the expert guidance of your teacher, Antonietta Torsiello, you will transfer and carve your hand drawn design onto a lino block and create a stunning lino print to take home with you after the class. Antonietta by the way is an award winning visual and textile artist of Jamaican and Italian heritage raised in East London, UK! Mediums she works with include silk screen, lino print, etching, acrylic, watercolour, drawing ink, oil pastel, lentils, seeds and soil. Her work discusses the complex relationship between texture, nature, cultural traditions, emotion and her own personal experiences.

Lino printing is an extremely popular form of printmaking, used by many professional artists. Although this is now the case, for a long time lino printing was held in low esteem by the art world, until a certain Pablo Picasso made a series of lino prints in the 1950s. That saw the start of a trend that still flourishes today. And long may this continue!

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY APRIL 21st



51) Impact Investing in Africa Tech Roundtable

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Date: Fri, April 21 | Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Venue: Fieldfisher, 2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3TT | Hosts: Africa Technology Business Network | Linkedin: /African-Technology- Business-Network | FB: /AfricaTBN | Twitter: @AfricaTBN | Eventbrite: here

The Impact Investing in Africa Tech Roundtable will bring together Africa-focused investors and key technology players in London to have an in-depth discussion around driving impact investment into the Africa technology sector with a particular focus on market opportunities and challenges for scaling impact investing.

Objectives:

* Create a discussion around opportunities and challenges in impact investing in the African tech ecosystem * Gain insights from leading impact investors who are already actively engaging in Africa * Networking to enable collaboration among key players in the sector * Generate a discussion summary for participant’s further engagement *

For more info; please click here



52) Legacies of Biafra : Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra War 50 years on

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Date: Fri, 21 Apr – Sat, 22 April | Time: 10:00 – 22.00pm | Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG | Hosts: Igbo Conference | Blog: igboconference.com/blog | Insta: /IgboConference | FB: /IgboConference | Twitter: @IgboConference | Eventbrite: here

The conference will be attended by survivors of the Biafra War, local stakeholders from across Nigeria and West Africa and international experts and academics. The conference will facilitate discussions around the conditions that led to the outbreak of war, whilst also creating a space to reflect and consider lessons that can be learnt from this period in recent history.

This conference gives us the opportunity to:

* Discuss unresolved issues within Nigeria that need to be addressed * Explore the divide and rule politics of colonial Nigeria which set the nation on a particular path * Create a productive space for mutual understanding amongst Nigerians and the international community * Reflect on the ongoing impact of the war 50 years on * Explore the themes of trauma, identity and belonging which allows for a more personal view of the war, and humanises those who were affected by the conflict *

Registration for the conference includes access to conference, a registration pack, a hot lunch and refreshments across. If you have any dietary requirements we will try our best to accommodate them. After registering, you can email info@igboconference.com including details of your transaction ID number, to let us know what your dietary requirements are.

For more info; please click here



53) StringFEST: Tunde Jegede- Kora/ Cello / Zayn Mohammed – Guitar / Oud

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Date: Fri 21 April | Time: 19:30 – 22:30pm | Venue: 5 Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, London N7 9AH | Hosts: Sama Arts Network | FB: /SamaArtsNetwork | Twitter: @SamaArtsNetwork | Email: info@sama.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Sama Arts Network is one of the UK’s oldest and most influential arts organisations in the genre of traditional and contemporary South Asian arts. It also presents Orchestral, Jazz and World Music. In this concert titled: ‘Testimony’ will be spearheaded by Tunde Jegede and aims to trace the musical voyage from Bach and the Baroque to medieval Mali, to his own contemporary compositions.

It’s a highly original show and the imagery gives a sense of these worlds both culturally and historically. Tunde Jegede’s music is at once an intimate and personal reflection and also a cultural expression that transcends boundaries. It is a meditative journey that touches on the essence of our being, through sound and image. This concert is a testament to Tunde’s universal appeal and shows once again that he never shies away from challenging the boundaries of music.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 22nd



54) Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 15:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN | Hosts: PaulCrooks | FB: /PaulCrooksAncestry | Twitter: @PaulCrooksUK | Email: info@paulcrooksuk.com | Eventbrite: here

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history! Paul Crooks was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” In the 1990’s, undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa; an effort that has brought him international recognition for his breakthroughs in African Caribbean genealogy research.

By 1999, Paul had uncovered the potential of the National Archives 1817 Slave Registers and the 1834 Slave Compensation registers for researching Caribbean Ancestry and African Roots. Paul’s revelations preceded a flurry of inquiries into the slave registers and slave compensation records.

For more info; please click here



55) The 2nd UK-East African Healthcare Investment Summit (London)

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Date: Sat 22 April | 09:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL LONDON, British Medical Association House, Tavistock Square WC1H 9JR | FB: /UgandaDiasporaHealthFoundation | Twitter: @udhfuk | Moses Mulimira (Email) moses.mulimira@hotmail.co.uk (Mobile) +447828060143 | Mariam Aligawesa Email:ohmariam@hotmail.com (Mobile) +447947754009 | Eventbrite: here

The East African Community faces many health challenges, making the health system strengthening agenda clear and concrete. Ensuring that the East African Community has the capacity to respond to current health issues and identify future challenges are a priority. The 2nd UK- East African Healthcare Summit 2017 aims to bring together large delegations of government officials, policy makers, research and development institutions, senior hospital directors & CEOs and healthcare professionals to United Kingdom to network with international healthcare experts, investors and solution providers.

For more info; please click here



56) AFRICAN AND PROUD?

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 12:30 – 16:30 | Venue: Unite The Union, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN | Eventbrite: here

BTWSC is a pan-London voluntary organisation that uses the creative arts to develop potential, raise aspirations, and promote social inclusion. It works with youths, adults and inter-generational audiences. Its core areas of delivery cover music industry, event planning, and African history education and programmes. For more details: btwsc@hotmail.com.

Are you an African? Does the quote below by historian Runoko Rashidi resonate with you?

If so, you’re especially welcome!
”We are African people. Get comfortable with it. And learn to love your African self.”

12.30-1.00pm Registration/Refreshments, TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) documentary excerpt

1.00-1.20pm Welcome

1.20-1.40pm Global African Quiz

1.40-2.00pm African Voices Quotations Session

2.00-3.30pm As Long As You’re Of African Heritage… play & Q&A

3.30-4.00pm Introduction of African History UK Network & African History @ 30/#AHMUK30 Campaign includes Golden Minutes from African History specialists

4.00-4.30pm Music 4 Causes Playlist, Araning, Refreshments, wrap Up

Books, DVDs and food on sale

For more info; please click here



57) Meetup, Network Workshop with African Foodies

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 12:30 – 14:00pm | Venue: Buna Oromia Coffee, 154 Royal College Street London NW1 0TA | Hosts: West Africa Cooks | Email: leslie@westafricacooks.com | Insta: /WestAfricaCooks | Twitter: /WestAfricaCooks | FB: /WestAfricaCooks | Eventbrite: here

A Very Useful Event indeed! This event in April is for anybody wishing to gather to network and discuss the business of African and Caribean food, recipes and cooking. If you are new and would like to start up in this industry please come. If you are anentrepreneur in this business looking for new contacts and wonder how you go from start up to scale up again please join us.

Please read: Three Reasons Why You Should Start An African Supper Club and Networking With African Foodies

12.45 am: Meet and Greet at Ethiopian Buna Oromia Coffee. Camden |  14.00 pm: Come support the fairtrade cafe were we will discuss in a workshop fashion

  • Making a Profit (Food and Drinks pairing)  • Marketing (Repeat business by reviews) • Sources of Investment (and your KPI’s)

Leslie would like to have more of these meetups and in future at the new Africa Centre. Her hope is that after the meetup you will implement ideas which can be measured by the group and not just talk. Please be ready to contribute how we grow the industry. Any other problems, please send a direct message or email us at leslie@westafricacooks.com

” This is a small venue so it will be first come first to have a seat. I look forward to seeing you. Leslie”

For more info about this event; please click here



58) COMMUNITY HEALING: An African-centred Event

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 13:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: The Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN | Email: windrush.event@gmail.com | Twitter: @WindRush1948 | Eventbrite: here

Windrush Foundation (hereafter called the ‘Organisation’) is a registered Charity established in 1996. The organisation plays the leading role in preserving the history of the arrival of the first post war wave of Caribbean settlers at Tilbury Docks, Essex on 21 June 1948, and the celebration of their contribution to the making of modern Britain

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 23rd



59) The Hollywood Collection

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Date: Sun 23 April | Time: 18:00 – 21:00pm | Venue:  St John’s, Hyde Park, Hyde Park Crescent London W2 2QD | Hosts: Mark Johnson | FB: /MarkJohnsonDesigns | Phone: Call: +44(0)7939484529 | Email: info@markjohnsondesigns.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Mark Johnson launches his amazing evening and Red Carpet gowns with stunning national and international models. UK based fashion label Mark Johnson designs, formerly House Of Esther, was inspired by mother of founder Mark Johnson. His mother was once a seamstress and a former student at The London college of fashion. Through her work, he took created the label and dedicated to providing exquisite red carpet gowns fit for all movie premieres, banquets, weddings and church events.

See http://www.markjohnsondesigns.co.uk

Clothes will be available to buy on the day.

Hosts to be confirmed.

Entertainment so far:

Joanna-Playing some incredible music on the grand Piano

Esi.J – (Dance) Afroofusion mix of different styles from West Africa, South Africa and hip hop influence

Talitha Lindo – Poetry

For more info about this event; please click here



TUESDAY APRIL 25th



60) Blackamoores and Tudor England – The Untold History of an Influential Era

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Date: Tue 25 April | Time: 18:15 – 19:45pm | Venue: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF | Hosts: Brent Cultural Service | Twitter: @BrentCulture | Eventbrite: here

Current research proves that the population of Tudor England was considerably more diverse than we have been led to believe. There was a notable population of African people living and working in Tudor England, providing skills and trades. The lives of these people are often omitted from the mainstream teaching of the Tudor period. Join the historian Onyeka, as he examines this vital research and evaluates the importance of this untold history.

Brent Culture Service provide something for everyone in Brent. Our libraries, sports centres, museum, archives and allotments encourage residents to get involved, be active and creative.

For more info about this event; please click here



61) How To Find A Life Partner

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Date: Tue 25 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL | Hosts: Maeve Crawford & Centre of Pan-African Thought | Twitter: @PanAfricanUK | FB: /PanAfricanThought | Eventbrite: here

Family, what does that word really mean? To build a family is the highest and most noble attainments of man. It is the key to building communities and nations. However, almost half of black children in Britain are being raised by a single parent in a one parent household. The economic and psychological ramifications of this are stark, arguably disadvantaging for Africans who want to climb the social ladder.

In this class, our relationship healer Maeve Crawford will help us to understand the science and process of choosing a life partner. Through awareness, self-reflection and conversation, this interactive workshop will empower men and women to be clear about what they’re are looking for. Then equip you with tools and strategies to find the person that is right for you – right meaning someone who is aligned with your values and vision. You will learn how to see beyond the social masks and physical attraction, and how we create connections with purpose and meaning, and ultimately a better match for life’s journey.

For more info; please click here



WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th



62) BEE BAKARE: BRIGHTER (EP Launch)

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Date: Wed 26 April | Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ | Hosts: Bee Bakare | Insta: /BeeBakareMusic | FB: /Bee-Bakare-Music | Twitter: @Bee_Bakare | YouTube: /Bee-Bakare-Music | Eventbrite: here

The award-winning BRIGHTER EP debuts at the Notting Hill Arts Club.

Bee Bakare is a Nigeria-born British soul singer-songwriter. With a deeply rich and warm contralto that features in her sound, and shows that leave audiences saying ‘wow that voice’, she is also known for her contagious stage personality. A vibrant performer and a winner of Future music songwriting UK 2016, Bee will be playing with her full band, songs from the brand new EP. Her songs have and continue to achieve international radio play including BBC radio Bristol, whilst the first single by the now London-based artist, ’Waiting to Happen’ is out now.

…the audience was utterly transfixed. Her richly textured vocals, catchy hooks and fizzing musicality immediately set this young acoustic soul pop singer-songwriter apart” -Cultural Highlights 2016 (Huffington Post)

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63) Turning Risk Into Opportunity: A Compliance Seminar

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Date: Wed, April 26 | Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Venue: 10 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB | Hosts: | Hosts: Peverett Maxwell & UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce | FB: /PMGovernanceAfrica | Email: info@peverett-maxwell.com | Eventbrite: here

Smart Implementation of Compliance Standards in Africa

The UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Peverett Maxwell partner to offer an exclusive series of one-day workshops focused on equipping attendees from UK/International companies with practical strategies for implementing international compliance standards in their Ghanaian and wider African operations.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Why you need this course:

To Understand the key principles of the UK Anti-Bribery Act 2010 & other international compliance standards

To Determine what the laws mean for you

To Get Clarity on what you need to put in place in your African Operations

To (Re-)Wire your thinking for the local context

To Acquire simple, practical, effective implementation techniques

To Tackle head-on the risks of 3rd parties/local business partners

To Get Smart on available enabling technologies

To Create your action plan for successful implementation

For more info; please click here



THURSDAY APRIL 27th



64) RACC Monthly Cinema : Nowhere in Africa (German with English subtitles)

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Date: Thu 27 April | Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm | Venue: Richmond Adult Community College, Theatre, Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE | Hosts: RACC Events | FB: /RACC.college | Twitter: @RACC_College | Email: marketing@racc.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

April we are screening NOWHERE IN AFRICA (15), a 2001 German film which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as five German Film Prizes (Deutscher Filmpreis), including best feature film of 2001. A true story of a Jewish family who escape Nazi Germany at the last opportunity to live on a farm in remote Kenya. It charts the contrasting attitudes of Regina and her parents towards their new life and the poverty and isolation of their new home. N.B This screening will be in German with English subtitles

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65) Cuba, an African Odyssey + talk with filmaker Jihan El Tahari

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Date: Thu, April 27 | Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH | Eventbrite: here

It is 10 years since Jihan El Tahari’s seminal film Cuba: An African Odyssey, was made. A painstaking researched and crafted documentary packed with archive footage of this crucial period of struggle for independence from colonial powers, in the history of the African continent and its diaspora. The context is the cold war era of international politics. African revolutionaries call on Cuban guerrillas to help them in their struggle, and Fidel Castro’s men will play a central role on the continent.

June Givanni Pan African Archive and MayDay Rooms will be screening this film in the presence of the director who will introduce the film and discuss it with us all afterwards.

For more info; please click here



66) AFRICAN CARIBBEAN MARKET

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Date: Thu 27 April | Time: 14:00 – 18:00pm | Venue: Concord Cafe South Kilburn NW6 5RA | Hosts: National Algerian Centre | Eventbrite: here

The Afro-Caribbean Market is to let communities know about the culture of Afro-Caribbean by trying their traditional foods, participating in some activities such as dancing, listening to their music and craft activities. The food will be cooked by Granville Community Kitchen, Radio Active will look after the music and there will be activities to enjoy.

The Afro-Caribbean Market will be on 27th of April 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00. If you would like to get involved in our project please get in contact with the team on contact@nationalalgeriancentre.com or call 0844 2727627.

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY 28th APRIL



67) BIS Publishing 1 Day Intensive course for African Caribbean Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully!

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Date: Friday, 28 April | Time: 10:30 to 16:00pm | Venue: Voluntary Action Islington 200A Pentonville Road, N1 9JP London | Hosts: BIS Publications | FB: /BISpublications | Phone: 07903 791469 | Eventbrite: here

BIS Publications is a UK based publishing house with over 15 years in the publishing, distribution and retail book industry. They are publishers of multicultural fiction and non-fiction children books. They came into existence after our research found that although there was vital need for African books and resources, it was not being fully catered for.

This day course does what it says on the tin and is for African Caribbean Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully!

For more info; please click here



68) SOUTH AFRICAN WINE DINNER

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Date:  Fri, April 28 | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: Hotel du Vin & Bistro Wimbledon, West Side Common, London SW19 4UE | Hosts: Hotel du Vin Wimbledon | Insta:/hotelduvin | Twitter: @HotelDuVinBrand | FB: /HDV.Brand | Eventbrite: here

Join Hotel du Vin Wimbledon for this engaging, fun and interactive South Africam wine dinner, with Master Sommelier Nigel Wilkinson. They will introduce six wines from the best regions of south Africa all perfectly paired to a wonderful menu prepared by our head chef.

£65 per person, including arrival drink & canapés, three course dinner and six fantastic wines followed by coffee and petit fours.

For more info; please click here



69) Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse

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Date: Fri 28 April | Time: 14:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS | Hosts: Kings College: Arts & Humanities Research Institute | Twitter: @KingsArtsHums | Email: arts-hums@kcl.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

With the ongoing political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brings together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture.

PROGRAMME:

14.00 – PANEL 1: Historical Pluralisms and the Prospects for Peace

Speakers: José Lingna Nafafé (Bristol University), Nayanka Paquete Perdigao (African Leadership Centre, King’s College London), Ibrahima Galissa (Lisbon-Guinea-Bissau)

Chair: Lucy Duran (SOAS)

15.30 – Tea and coffee break

15.45 – PANEL 2: Musical Pluralisms and the Prospects for Peace

Speakers: Manecas Costa (Lisbon-Guinea-Bissau), Tony Dudu (London-Guinea-Bissau), Lucy Duran (SOAS)

Chair: Toby Green (KCL)

17.15 – Tea and coffee break

17.30-1830 – SCREENING: “Identities in Greater Senegambia and Beyond: Perspectives Through History and Music in Dialogue” followed by discussion with Lucy Duran and Toby Green, chaired by Anna De Mutiis (CAS)

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/XSy7noeyeCE

19.30 – LIVE CONCERT: Manecas Costa, Tony Dudu, Ibrahima Galissa in unison

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 29th



70) #NNO: Spill The Tea London Black Girls’ Tea Party

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Date: Sun 29th April | Time: 11:30 – 14:30pm | Venue: Secret Location | Hosts: Nubian Nights Out | Insta: /NubianNightsOut | Twitter: @NubianNightsOut | FB: /NubianNightsOut | Meetup: meetup.comNubian-Nights-Out | Email: nubiannightsout@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

Join Nubian Nights Out and Spill The Tea London for a magical evening of celebration, sisterhood and culture, served up with a teaspoon dose of ratchetness!

#NNO are creating a safe space for Black women and girls to just be. The Black Girls’ Tea Party is their platform to recognise, inspire and empower one another. As well as connect and network, and share stories over tea! This is a magical evening of celebration, sisterhood and culture, served up with a teaspoon dose of ratchetness!

Set discussion points will be based around the importance of self love and self care, beauty and redefining the Black woman’s image, and we’ll also be encouraging all of our Sisters in attendance to spill the tea on personal experiences of Black Girl Excellence.

For more info; please click here



71) April Afro Reads Club Meeting: Half a Yellow Sun

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 14:15 – 16:15pm | Venue: Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane, London N13 4EY | Hosts: AfroReads Book Club | Eventbrite: here

This will be the 2nd 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 + 84p booking fee per person and refreshments will be provided. The book selection for April is the popular Half of a Yellow Sun which is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning second novel, and was listed as one of New York Times Most Notable Books of 2006. Many critics praised Half of a Yellow Sun and predicted that Achidie will be hailed as a significant writer of the twenty-first century.

For more info; please click here



72) AFRICAN FASHION SHOW

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 17:00 – 23:30pm | Venue: Walworth Methodist Church (Clubland), 54 Camberwell Road, Sarnesfield House, London SE5 0EN | Hosts: Afro Unite & O’Clara Boutic | FB: /AfroUnite225 | Eventbrite: here

You will meet us at this event – we hope to be there! The O’CLARA AFRICAN FASHION SHOW is a showcase of Beauty, Fashion and craftsmanship from all African particularly from Cote D’Ivoire. Join them on what should be a night of packed fun, fashionistas and hospitable atmosphere.

For more info; please click here



73) NIGHT OF COMEDY: With Teacher Mpamire

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 18:00 – 20:00pm | Venue: 102 Longbridge Road, Barking, London IG11 8SF | Great Commission Church, Barking | FB: /GCC.Barking | YouTube: /GCC_Expansion | Vimeo: /GCCbarking | Email: info@gcmuk.org | Phone: 0208 591 7704 | Eventbrite: here

Great Commission Church brings yet another epic event full of fun and laughter. Come and be part of this memorable Night of Comedy with the funniest and most educative comedian in Uganda. It’s an event where gospel will meet comedy. Don’t miss!!

For more info; please click here



74) The Black Market & Film Festival – Saturday 29th April 2017

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Date: Saturday, 29 April | Time: 12:00 to 21:00pm | Venue: West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, Tottenham, London N15 3QR | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter: @BlackHistStudies | Facebook: black.historystudies | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube: /Black-History-Studies | Linkedin: /in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google + : /BHstudies | Eventbrite: here

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

The aim of the event is to:

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

We will have stalls Showcasing African Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Fashion, Skincare, Hair Care, Food, Books, DVDs, Toys & more! There will be educational and interactive presentation on Financial Literacy and film screenings for all the family. There will also be children activities by S.T.E.A.M Power who use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) led activities that help to raise children’s aspirations and cognitive abilities. For the first time ever, our event is sponsored by the award winning Colourful Radio.

 For more info about this event; please click here



75) Woodcut Workshop at Inky Cuttlefish Studios in Walthamstow

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 10:00 – 16:30pm | Venue: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS | Hosts: Inky Cuttlefish | FB: /inky-cuttlefish | Twitter: @Inky_Cuttlefish | Phone: 07753 686331 | Eventbrite: here

Inky Cuttlefish Studios set up in 2007 and have since worked in partnership and with a variety of high profile artists, charities, organisations and groups in our local community, London, Berlin and South Africa. It comprises a printmaking workshop, a cafe (opening soon), a meeting room and a large community creative space available for hire.

“This session will have a very brief look at the art of woodcut, how to prepare an image, cut your plates and print your work. You will create a small edition of two colour woodcut prints to take home with you at the end of the day. The session is run by an experienced artist-printmaker in our wonderful airy printmaking studio situated a few minutes from Blackhorse Road tube station in Walthamstow. All materials included.”

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY 30th April



76) Chop X Beats – Day Party

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Date: Sun 30 April | Time: 15:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: White Post, 92 White Post lane, Hackney, London E9 5EN | Hosts: Cams X Bikes | FB: /CamsXBikes | Insta: /CamsXBikes | Email: info@chopxbeats.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Come and enjoy authentic West African cuisine and 100% old school hall party vibes from 3 pm till 10 pm – set in one of Hackney’s secret gems, complete with a riverside terrace. Get your dancing creps ready! Legendary DJ Nore is back with another session of party hits straight from the motherland! Music policy – Afrobeats * Highlife * Reggae * Hip-Hop * Old SchoolIt’s not a party, without Mama J’s Jollof rice.

Full of flavour West African cuisine will be available for purchase:-

Jollof rice | Kelewele | Chicken | Salmon | Kra Kro (plantain dumplings) | Yam plus much more!

For more info about this event; please click here



77) The Best African and Caribbean Food Competition Award Ceremony 2017

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Date: Sun 30 April | Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm | Venue: Jubilee Hall, Tulse Hill Estate, Tulse Hill, Brixton SW2 2LY | Hosts: Afrikan Family Works | FB: /TheAfrikanFamilyWorks | Twitter: @AfricanFoodHall | Insta: /afrikanfoodhall | Phone: 07783 188100 | Eventbrite: here

Organisers of the UK’s biggest African and Caribbean food competitions spent 6 weeks last November to December discovering some of the best cooks and bakers championing traditional African and Caribbean cuisine.  Producers of the food competition will be providing a lavish evening with live music and entertainment. They are also planning to provide a traditional 3-course meal for guests and contestants along with a vegan option.

“This is a strictly friends and family-orientated event and therefore we have only made available a limited number of tickets to the public. If you want a ticket then please purchase your ticket as soon as you can. No more tickets will be released. Please note that TASTY AFRICA TASTY CARIBBEAN FOOD TASTING FESTIVAL will be happening from November 2017 and tickets will be on sales in the summer.”

(The award ceremony takes place at the competition’s new home of Jubilee Hall on Tulse Hill Estate, south London on Sunday April 30, 2017)

For more info; please click here



78) GUYANA SPEAKS! PIONEERS OF GUYANESE DRAMA AND LITERATURE by Rod WestmaasJuanita Cox-Westmaas & Ra Hendrix

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Date: Sun 30 April | Time: 13:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: The Classic, 28 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7PG | FB: /GuyanaSpeaks | Eventbrite: here

A sumptuous Guyansee Brunch Buffet, featuring all of the Guyanese favourites, will be had, along with a few Guyanese traditional surprises.

Presenters: 1) Dr. Juanita Cox Westmaas | 2) Dr, Michelle Yaa Assantawa | 3) Ra Hendrix

Pioneers of Guyanese Drama and Literature.

Michael Abbensetts and Edgar Mittelhölzer are two Guyanese that made a huge impact in their respective professions. We explore their important contributions.

For more info; please click here



May 2017 but still..



79) ANGELA’S KITCHEN: CARIBBEAN VEGAN SUPPER CLUB

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Date: Sun 14 May | 16:00 – 21:00pm | Venue:  Secret Location Hammersmith | Site: www.angellawilliams.co.uk | Phone: 02081335126 | Eventbrite: here

Join Angella’s Kitchen where she will be holding a Cooking Class/Supper club for you and your friends to join us where we will show you how to cook traditional Jamaican Cuisine from Scratch. You will be shown how to cook and really have a chance to participate as you enjoy the sweet sounds of reggae music, while you savour the aromas and influences of the Jamaican North Coast while tasting the delicious food you have prepared. No frills, just good old fashioned home cooking made with love.

Checkout their May Supperclub too. There will also be a delicious chocolate dessert for all you chocolate lovers.

So at our Vegan Supperclub, we bring the food, with influcences from the Jamaican North Coast, a selection of reggae music. You bring your friends, a couple of bottles of your favourite wine and your slippers as we want you to feel right at home.

 For more info; please click here



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Here we go again! April is around and it is probably the busiest month African-orientated socials, supperclubs, networking and film nights throughout the Calendar. The sheer volume mean this month’s edition is in order of actual dates; I am sure there must be an event in here for everyone. There are over 60 featured in this article- Enjoy!



*** Feature: FAAJI SUNDAYS: 2nd April Drunch Fest ***

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Date: Sunday April 2nd | Time: 18:00pm – 23:00pm | Venue: Secret Location | 🇬🇧🇳🇬 Follow them on: Insta: /FaajiSundays |  Twitter: @Faaji_Sundays & FaceBook: /FaajiSundays

Introducing Faaji Sundays, a lifestyle brand with one mantra – to positively promote our West African culture through the philosophy of FAAJI – a word which originates from the Yoruba language meaning enjoyment.

Every last Sunday of the month between 6pm – 11pm in a secret location, we aim to provide a unique cultural experience and bottomless “Drunch”- including a 4-course menu of West African food with a twist, a live band, old and new African music, and great vibes. *Drunch – An alternative to brunch, late evening boozy dinner, popular in France, and soon to be popular in the UK. London’s first drunch club is finally here.

This inclusive event will also be celebrating different music that have been inspired by our style of music to truly reflect the cultural melting pot in London. Get ready to experience FAAJI. This event is aimed at foodies with a keen interest in music, fashion, travel, culture and anyone who just wants to have a great time.

Sample menu: Seafood Pepper Soup, Faaji Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Faaji Suya Burger with Fries sprinkled with Faaji Seasoning, Chill Chocolate Brownies with Boab Ice-Cream

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



FRIDAY 31st MARCH



1) MBTN Connect

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Date: Fri March 31st | Time: 18.30pm- Midnight | Venue: Crowne Plaza London – The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB | Hosts: MoveBackToNigeria | Facebook: /MBTNGlobal | Twitter: @MBTNGlobal | Eventbrite: here

MBTN connect is an exclusive weekly social and professional networking event for high flying African, Caribbean and other diverse professionals based in London. It is hosted at the Crowne Plaza London -The City, a stylish hotel located in London’s historic Square Mile, opposite Blackfriars station.

When you arrive at the event, you will be given a name badge, allowing you to be more targeted with your networking efforts. Each event attracts professionals from a wide range of industry backgrounds including: Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Media, Corporate Law, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and much more…

For more info; please click here



2) Boko Haram Crisis & National Unity/Security in Nigeria

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Date: Fri, March 31 | Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Venue: King’s College, University of Cambridge, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST | Hosts: African Society of Cambridge University & Cambridge University Nigeria Society | Email: ascu@cusu.cam.ac.uk | Email: here | Eventbrite: here

We are pleased to have Lt General Buratai, the current Chief of Army Staff for Nigeria, whose imminent visit to the UK will see him deliver a talk, addressing professors, and students on the issue of the Boko Haram insurgency, governance, terrorism and national unity.

This talk is being organised by the African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) and Cambridge University Nigerian Society (CUNS).

For more info; please click here



3) Moolaadé

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Date: Fri 31 March | Time: 19:30 – 21:30pm | Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Totteham Green, London N15 4RX | Hosts: Bernie Grant Art Centre | FB: /BernieGrantCentre | Twitter: @BGACentre | YouTube: /BGAC | Eventbrite: here

Rebel With a Camera: The Cinema of Ousmane Sembène

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadéand Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.

The programme is coordinated in collaboration with Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

For more info; please click here



4) The Sermon: The Launch

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar | Time: 21:00 – Midnight | Venue: The Siding, 5 O’Meara Street, London SE1 1TE | Hosts: Let’s Talk: The Sermon | Insta: /letstalkthesermon | FB: /LetsTalkTheSermon | Twitter: @TheSermon_ | Eventbrite: here

Let’s Talk The Sermon

The Sermon invites you to The Siding, in the heart of London Bridge on the 31st of March 2017, from 9pm to 12am where you can expect a showcase of eclectic acts such as. The event will cater to the historians and curators of the timeless musical and artistic classics, as well as those who love to discover new up and coming sounds.

On the night you will be graced by performances from:

SVGA: https://soundcloud.com/svgaa | Jaghana: https://soundcloud.com/jaghana | Oddisnormal: https://soundcloud.com/oddisnormal | Grooveguruu: https://soundcloud.com/grooveguruu

For more info; please click here



5) Book Launch: FREEDOM OF THE PHOENIX

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar | Time: 19:00 – 3:00am | Venue: The Chapel Bar, 29 Penton Street, London N1 9PX | Hosts: Chantelle Baker | Twitter: @MsChantelleB | Eventbrite: here

Freedom of the Phoenix is a poetry book written by Chantelle Baker, who took her experiece with domestic violence and used spoken words to illustrate the different emotions she had to overcome to become the woman she is now.

“A woman is more likely to be killed by a male partner (or former partner) than any other person. About 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence. Of the total domestic violence homicides, about 75% of the victims were killed as they attempted to leave the relationship or after the relationship had ended.”

On March 31st we celebrate the essence of LIFE with her book, to those who have gone through it and survived, to the families who sadly have to grieve each day with the loss of a relative to domestic violence.

The book launch is a strictly themed Masquerade Ball. The night consists of three segments:

  1. FORMAL DINING (18:00 PM – 19:30PM)
  2. THE BOOK LAUNCH (19:30PM – 21:00 PM)
  3. AFTER PARTY (21:00PM – 3:00 AM)

For more info; please click here



6) BUILT FOR AFRICA: AFRICAN SOLUTIONS TO AFRICAN ISSUES?

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Date: Fri 31 March | Time: 09:00 – 18:30pm | Venue: New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ | Hosts: LSE Africa Summit | Insta: /LSEAfricaSummit | FB: /LSEAfricaSummit | Twitter: @LSEAfricaSummit | Email: africasummit@lse.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

The London School of Economics (LSE) Africa Summit is an annual two-day conference that showcases Africa’s contributions to the world. The summit is a platform to engage and explore cutting edge research and business trends across Africa’s rapidly changing socio-economic environment. Now in its fourth year, the summit has welcomed head of states, senior government officials, leading entrepreneurs, and researchers from across Africa and its diaspora. The summit will be held on March 31st and April 1st 2017 focused on the theme, “Built for Africa: African Solutions to African Issues”. The keynote speakers include Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Nigerian business magnate, Ibukun Awosika.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 1st



7) MPC Nigerian Property Investment Consultation

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Date: Sat, 1 April & Sun 2nd April | Time: 12:30pm | Venue:  1st floor Middlesex house, 29-45 High Street, Edgware HA8 7UU | Hosts: Midas Property Group | FB: /MIDAS-Property-Group-UK | Twitter: @MIDASPropGroup | Linkedin: /in/MIDAS-Poperty-Group | Eventbrite: here

This event will be a quick introduction and presentation to the Nigerian property market in lucrative areas such as Lekki and Abuja to all who are interested. MIDAS plan on displaying a portfolio of properties in prestigous estates such as Chevron drive in collaboration with well renowned property developers such as Megamound and Adriano properties.

“Interested in taking advantage of Nigeria’s current economic climate ? There is no greater time to invest, Nigeria is touted at the moment as one of the developing countries with great potentials in real estate and one of the competitive players in the global real estate market that has fast becoming increasingly attractive to investors.”

For more info; please click here



8) ♔ MISS CONGO UK 2017 FINAL GALA NIGHT ♔

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Date: Sat, 1 Apr | Time: 19:00 – Midnight | Venue: The Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway London E15 4BQ | Hosts: misscongo.co.uk | Hosts: @Disk&Jockey & Disk&JockeyEntertainment | Email: misscongouk@gmail.com or diskandjockey@googlemail.com | Office: 07946772309 | Eventbrite: here

♔ DISK AND JOCKEY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: ♔ MISS CONGO BEAUTY PAGEANT UK 2017 ♔ A GALA NIGHT WITH THE AIM OF CELEBRATING CONGOLESE BEAUTY ♔ ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AFRICAN BEAUTY PAGEANT CONTEST IN EUROPE WILL BE AT THE STRATFORD TOWN HALL ♔

FROM 7PM – 12AM | NORMAL TICKET : £20 | VIP TICKET: £35

( FOR MORE TICKETS AND INFO CALL 07411842609 or 07946772309. Furthermore; if you’re based in East or North London – do contact: FRANKOS : 07411842609 a.k.a (twitter) @FrankosMoneyMan or (instagram) /FrankosMoneyMan | FBIZOO: 07939911269 a.k.a @FBI_MrBizzo. If you’re based in South London – do contact: PRINCE : 07988889532 or JUNIOR CAVE : 07908444697 )

For more info; please click here


9) Jamma Rekk Presents: Noir Escape

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Date: Sat 1 April | Time: 11:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: 124-126 Brick Lane, (at the back of Dark Sugars) London E1 6RU | Insta: /JammaRekk | FB: /JammaRekk | Twitter: @JammaRekk | Eventbrite: here

Join Jamma Rekk every Saturday for London’s first ever weekly African Caribbean market Square. They will be selling jerk duck and fish cake wraps, Afra, rice and veg curry. Plus a few surprises every now and then. There is also Booze on sale and a DJ playing some serious tunes so come down and enjoy!

For more info; please click here



10) Cocktails & Head-Wrap Tutorial 

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Date: Sat, April 1 | Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Venue: IZELIA Flagship Concession Store, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Ripple Road, Barking IG11 8DH | Hosts: Izelia Fashion & Naberay Bangura | Insta: /IzeliaFashion | Twitter: @IzeliaFashion | FB: /IzeliaFashion | Email: info@izelia.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Joins Izelia for their 2nd edition of Cocktails and a Headwrap Tutorial @izeliafashion flagship store in barking on the 1st April 2017. They Are also Proud To Announce That CB Accessorise Will Be Having Their Official Launch At The IzeliaFlagshipStore on the 1st of April 2017.

We Feel Honoured That The Brain And Beauty Behind #CBAccessorise @Naberay Is Also Collaborating With US. Join Us As We Make History!!!! Ticket £15 – A FREE Cocktail & Free Head-Wrap from our current collection plus Free Head-wrap Tutorial and a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the new collection of handmade African print ready to wear pieces, home decor and fashion accessories in store.(25% off selected items)

For more info; please click here



11) MUUK™ Campaign Against Child Sacrifice Fundraiser & Awareness 2017

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Date: Sat 1 April | Time: 14:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: Youth for Human Rights International, 146 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BY | Insta: /MissUgandaUK | FB: /MissUgandaUK | Twitter: @MissUgandaUK | YouTube: /Miss-Uganda-UK | Phone: +44(0)7481 864143 or +44(0)7538 401661 | Email: info@missugandauk.org | Eventbrite: here

Miss Uganda UK™ invites you to our 2017 Campaign Against Child Sacrifice Fundraiser and Awareness event on Saturday, 1st April 2017 at Youth for Human Rights Interational, 146 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BY from 2pm – 5pm. Hosted by Miss Uganda UK 2016/17 Bridget Katungi.

“Bridget and the team will be travelling to Uganda from 8th April to 8th May 2017 to continue to raise awareness about child sacrifice in Uganda. Come and see the work Miss Uganda UK™ in partnership with the Jubilee Campaign UK have been doing over the years, and find out about this year’s campaign mandate and how you can support the cause. The afternoon will include some light entertainment and raffle draws.”

This is a free event with complimentary snacks and drinks served. Registration is required for all guests. (Suggest donation of £10)

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 2nd



12) Global Women in Food

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 13:00 – 15:30pm | Venue: East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8EW | Hosts: Female Foodpreneur Collective | Insta: /Fem_Foodpreneur | Twitter: @Fem_Foodpreneur | FB: /FemaleFoodPreneurCollective | SoundCloud: /women-in-food-podcast | Eventbrite: here

Join Female Foodpreneur Ashanti as they talk to women about how their culture has infuenced their career and business in food. Children are welcome (free) when accompanied by an adult. Glad to hear our lovely Ifeyinwa Frederick of Chuku’s LDN will be attending and on the panel along with Alissa Timoshkina of Kino Vino.

“We are super passionate about collaborating with other local business women. So we are very proud to be hosted by the Spring pop up event which celebrates the talents of local artists. This event helps communities to support local creative businesses by giving them an opportunity to meet the maker and purchase a range of unique quality not on the high street products.” 

For more info; please click here



13) Curls, Coils & Cupcakes – EmpowHER Girls Afternoon Tea

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 12:30 – 15:30pm | Venue: Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3QD | Hosts: Mane Divas | Insta: /ManeDivas | Twitter: @ManeDivas | FB: /ManeDivas | YouTube: /Main-Divas-Videos | Phone: 02082141390 | Email: info@manedivas.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

EmpowHER Girls Afternoon Tea will be hosted by Mane Divas & CurlyTreatsBOX; 2 UK brands aspiring to create an engaging and enjoyable experience with activities for both adult and child (under 12s) to participate.

“Your daughter is beautiful and so are you….Join us at the luxurious Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Hotel for an uplifting afternoon created to inspire and celebrate our princesses’. Visit our Facebook Event page for more information on the activities planned and tickets AVAILABLE HERE. We will also help guide you on practical regimes and tools to maintain little girls’ delicate strands, encouraging health and growth.”

For more info; please click here



14) Jollof & Jerk Anniversary Comedy Show

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 19:00 – 23:30 | Venue: Camden Centre, Town Hall

Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE | Hosts: Curve Bar London| Insta: /JollofnJerk_Comedy | FB: /CurveBarLondon | For tickets, info or table bookings: 07872600167 | Evenbrite: here

CURVE is a sophisticated and contemporary basement bar in South East London. The discreet entrance gives little away with regard to the sumptuous interior – and the amazing Jollof N Jerk Comedy events these guys hold annually. Quite Simply put; The best in African and Caribbean comedy in London and probably the UK.

Comedians Line Up:

⭐Eddie Kadi | ⭐Slim | ⭐Will-E | ⭐Dane Baptise | ⭐Moreal | Hosted by
⭐Dizzle

Early bird tickets £15 | Standard tickets start from £20

For more info; please click here



15) SEMBENE!

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 16:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Totteham Green, London N15 4RX | Insta: /PhoenexCommunityCare | FB: /PhoenexCommunityCentre | Twitter: @pcc_community | Linkedin: /in/Phoenix-Community-Care | Site: phoenixcommunity.org | Eventbrite: here

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadéand Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.

The programme is coordinated in Collaboration with Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

For more info; please click here



16) Lerato’s African Easter Brunch (Plantains & Shakshuka)

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Date: Sun 2 April | Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: The Joker, 58 Penton Street, London N1 9PZ | Insta: /Lerato_Tomato | Facebook: /LeratoLovesFood | Twitter: @LeratoLondon | Blog: /LeratoLovesFood | Eventbrite: here

Lerato will feast on foods from across Africa, inspired by Easter and the season of Lent. As lenten comes from Old English meaning the arrival of the spring season, she will welcome this time of new life and rebirth with bountiful fruits, vegetables, legumes served alongside a special recipe of plantains cooked in shakshuka marrying West African native produce with this much-loved North African dish.

Fasting and feasting is an Easter tradition and in true African style, we will feast on a selection of sharing plates inspired by my African heritage using traditional foods and spices complemented by ingredients from local British farms as seen in my Guardian Nigeria food columns and my recipes contributed to the BBC.

Please specify dietary requirements at the time of booking. As there is limited seating at our brunch table please early or join our waiting list to be the first to snap up seats if they become available.

This is one for lovers of culture, new adventures, and new friendships!

See you at the table.

For more info; please click here



MONDAY 3rd APRIL



17) Spring is in the air: South African white wine

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Date: Mon, April 3 | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: Vivat Bacchus, 4 Hay’s Lane, London Bridge SE1 2HB | Hosts: Vivat Bacchus | FB: /VivatBacchus | Twitter: @Vivat_Bacchus | Insta: /VivatBacchus | 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 April. 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


TUESDAY APRIL 4th



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Date: Tue, April 4 | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: The Sainsbury Laboratory, Auditorium, Cambridge CB2, University Of Cambridge | Hosts: JR Biotech Foundation | Phone: +44 7403739713 | Email: info@jrbiotekfoundation.org | FB: /JR-Biotek-Foundation | Linkedin: /in/JR-Biotek-Foundation | Twitter: @JRbiotek | Eventbrite: here

The African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 is a flagship initiative of JR Biotek Foundation. It was developed to inspire early-career life science and biotech professionals (including research scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and present and future bio-industry leaders) from Africa and the diaspora to help find practical solutions that will contribute to Africa’s sustainable development.

The Summit will bring together, 70 students and early-/mid-career life science and biotech professionals (including research scientists, entrepreneurs, policy experts, and bio-industry leaders) from Africa and the diaspora to discuss the current state of Africa’s biotech industry. Our goal is to create a unique platform for Africa’s future leaders and key stakeholders, especially those in the diaspora, to better understand the challenges and opportunities in Africa’s biotech and life science sector, and how they may be involved in finding practical solutions that will help build the continent’s bioeconomy.

 For more info; please click here


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Date: Tue 4 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Thornhaugh Street, Room B102, Brunei Building, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) , London, WC1H 0XG | Hosts: Anglo Ethiopian Society | FB: /AngloEthiopianSociety | Eventbrite: here

Elizabeth Blunt had a long career in the BBC, and has reported from both Africa and South Asia for World Service radio, receiving an MBE for her part in BBC coverage of the Liberian Civil War. In 2007, after officially retiring, she returned to work in Ethiopia where she served for two years as the Corporation’s reporter in Addis Ababa.

Her two years there saw few dramatic political developments, although the consequences of the events of 2005 were still being played out. But she was lucky enough to be able to report on the Ethiopian Millennium, the end of the rift with Pope Shenouda, and an Oromo coronation, as well as topics ranging from cross border raiding in South Omo to Tigrean embroiderers with a nice line in replica Welsh Quilts.

Being a journalist in Ethiopia has never been easy, and has undoubtedly got harder since she left, but the rewards are great, and her time there left Elizabeth with some vivid memories which she will share with us in this talk.

For more info; please click here



THURSDAY 6th APRIL



20) LindyHopEastLdn: Lindy Hop and Solo A.V.Jazz dance classes at Chats Palace

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Date: Thursday, 6 April | Time: 20:00 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

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.

American Vernacular Jazz (sometimes known as Solo or Authentic Jazz) as with most Jazz Dance forms, has its roots in the African dance diaspora. Generally associated with the Lindy Hop, possessing elements of the Charleston, it has taken on its own identity and widely practised today. AVJazz shows itself in House, Hip Hop and similar modern street dance forms. A great example can be seen in the music video That’s It!. Notable dancers Katherine Dunham, Al Minns and Leon James and Chazz Young.

For more info; please click here



21) Develop your Ideas: Social Enterprises

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Date: Thu 6 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue:  Work.Life Camden, 13 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NP | Hosts: Do it Now Now Africa | Insta: /DiNNAfrica | FB: /DiNNAfrica | Twitter :@DiNNAfrica | Email: team@doitnownow.com | Eventbrite: here

Startsups for Africa are amazing! Their purpose is to resource and up-skill entrepreneurs who are interested in the development of African communities. They host fun, vibrant and engaging events for all to attend. If you have a passion for Africa’s development and wish to contribute to it; then look know no further.

Whether or not you have an idea for the development of African communities, join DiNNAfrica as they consider what your next steps should be and how they can help you reach your goals.  They run a community of over 900 social entrepreneurs, consultants and experts who are interested in the development of Africa.

“Do it Now Now is a fundraising solution. Startups for Africa (SFA) is an online community. Both are ! We’re bringing what we’ve learned over the past couple of years to you.”

For more info; please click here



22) Exhale Live Sessions ft. MA RI AM, Chris Hornsby, Laurie Ogden

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Date: Thursday, April 6 | Time: 8:00 – 10:30 PM | Venue: Del’Aziz & Zahra Bar, 55-57 The Pavement, SW4 0JQ London | Hosts: Creative Flowe | Insta: /CreativeFlowe | FB: /CreativeFlowe  | Twitter: @CreativeFlowe | Email: creativeflowe@gmail.com | 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. 1st Thursday of every month!
This month Lanre presents:

MA R I AM a singer/songwriter and guitarist hailing from south london, combines her sweet vocals which has been described as ‘atmospheric soul’ to fill your earlobes with a blend of pop, soul, folk and alternative music, with thought provoking lyrics that will get you thinking and bopping your head. A self professed story teller, an ability she credits to her Nigerian heritage, although she was born and raised in London, she has grown up in strong roots and culture.

Chris Hornsby works entirely with things he can strum, blow, hit, kick and shake Chris Hornsby creates an authentic sound with traces of Folk, Americana and laid back rock. His songs are rich with modern storytelling and suffused with imagery.

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; please click here



23) CHUKU’S LONDON: Every Thursday and Friday @ The Canvas Cafe

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Date: THU, MAR 9 – Fri April 14th | Time: 6:00PM – 10:00PM | Venue: CHUKU’S @ THE CANVAS CAFE, 42 HANBURY STREETLONDON, ENGLAND, E1 5JL| Insta: /ChukusLDN | Facebook: /chukusLDN | Twitter: @chukusLDN | Email: info@chukuslondon.co.uk | Event Link: here

Come chop, chat, chill with us every Thursday and Friday till mid April at The Canvas Cafe, Shoreditch for a trip to mini-Lagos!

Most of the tables in their  restaurants are kept unreserved so they can accommodate more of our chop-chat-chillers and we now only take reservations for groups of 6 or more. Excellent and Unique Food Pop-up here. Chuku’s Nigerian tapas pop-up is bringing a taste of Lagos to London every Thursday in March. Recommended by Time Out London, it’s the place to chop, chat, chill. With jollof quinoa on the menu, Fela Kuti on the speakers and Lagos Monopoly (yes, it’s a thing!) on the tables, you don’t want to miss out. And remember, tapas is made for sharing, so share the good news. Tag a friend who needs to know and book your table today: bookings@chukuslondon.co.uk

Smaller groups are always welcome to walk in. You may have to wait, depending on what time of day you visit, but be sure they’ll find you a table!

If you are a party of 6 or more and would like to book, email bookings@chukuslondon.co.uk with the date, preferred time and party size in the subject heading.

For more info on this event; please click here



24) Motherland

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Date: Thu 6 April | Time: 17:30 – 20:30pm | Venue: St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham N15 5PU (Approx 10 mins walk from Seven Sisters Station. On street parking. Buses 67, 259, 279 stop nearby) | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter: @BlackHistStudies | Facebook: black.historystudies | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube: /Black-History-Studies | Linkedin: /in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google + : /BHstudies | Eventbrite: here

THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!! AN EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!! This event will take place on THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 2017 from 6pm to 8pm. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth. Motherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinematic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa’s past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager).

This event will be held at St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5PU. .

Admission will be FREE. Donations would be appreciated.

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY 7th APRIL



25) SoulFull Café Presents: ‘SouFull Sessions: Debate and Mingle’

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Date: Fri 7 April | Time: 19:30 – 23:30pm | Venue: MostArt Centre, 86 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PA | Hosts: Soul Full Cafe | Insta: /SoulFullCafe | FB: /SoulFullCafe | Email: soulfullcafeldn@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

SoulFull Café is excited to introduce our very first ‘SoulFull Sessions: Debate and Mingle’. These guys are  London’s Very Own Pop-Up Evening of Authentic West African/Afro Fusion Cuisine, Spoken Word and Live Music Performances.

SoulFull Sessions: Debate and Mingle will be intimate evenings of live music, poetry, networking and conversations about various topics that pertain to young Christian professionals in London.

Our first event of this kind will feature:

  • Icebreaker sessions and networking games 
  • Live music and spoken word performances 
  • A conversation delving into singleness, dating and relationships.

And of course it wouldn’t be SoulFull Café without serving food right?! NAWA Afro Cuisine will be on hand to provide a variety of West African Canapés for guests to enjoy.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY 8th APRIL



26) ENTREPRENEURIAL ENGINEERS : FROM IDEAS TO INNOVATION

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 11:00 – 15:00pm | Venue: TFL Building London, 68-70 Blackfriars Rd, Opposite Southwark Underground Station, London SE1 8JZ | Hosts: ENGINEERING FORUM OF NIGERIANS (UK) | Eventbrite: here

Are you an Engineer? Are you interested in Engineering? Are you studying an Engineering course? Do you have innovative ideas waiting for that one push?

The Engineering Forum of Nigerians UK (EFN) is organising a unique seminar with Dr Sola Adesola. Sola leads modules in International Business, Operations management, Business Strategy, Regional Studies: Asia, Africa and Europe, and Corporate & Business Law. Sola is the Chair of the OBU Africa Forum, a think tank intellectual dialogue, a voice on Africa research and academic matters and Director of Advantage Global Positioning.

Entrepreneurship and commercial awareness are very important skills for engineering professionals. They must be well grounded not only in product design and service delivery but also in areas such as idea management and innovation, business and new market development. At this seminar, you will be introduced to essential skills for success in today’s market for engineering services.

For more info; please click here



27) MY AFRICAN HOB: SUPPERCLUB

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 18:30pm – 21:30pm | Venue: Grove Community Centre, Bradmore Park Road, London W6 0DT | Email: info@myafricanhob.com | Site: www.myafricanhob.com | Eventbrite: here

Fantastic! A newbie on our entry list. Check these guys out! This Supper Club event will take place at various venues in London. You will be served a three course menu including a delicious West African starter and dessert. You will also be served welcome drinks made from traditional West African ingredients like a warming Ginger Beer and lime drink or a Wonjo (Hibiscus flower/sorrel) cocktail. The venue is 10 minutes’ walk from Hammersmith Broadway Centre. Parking is also free outside the venue on weekends. 

For more info on this event; please click here



28) Senegal Independance Gala Night

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 19:00 – 23:30pm | Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Scales Road
Tottenham, London N17 9EZ | Hosts: Fouta Dev | FB: /Fouta-Développement | Linkedin: /in/Fouta-Group-Development-International | Email: foutadev@outlook.com | Eventbrite: here

A get together by the senegalese community (and friends) in the UK to celebrate Senegal’s 57th year of independance from France.This gala will also be used to highligt the issue of female genital mutilation. Come and bring a friend with you and enjoy a great night of music, speeches, dance and a delightful array of Senegalese food.

“Cette structure organisationnelle, politiquement neutre, non gouvernementale et inclusive place en priorité le développement humanitaire d\’accompagnement sur d\’autres formes de développement non adaptées à nos réalités. Nous travaillons avec nos partenaires acteurs de développement à assurer la diversification et la pérennité de leurs organisations. Notre présence dans les communautés que nous desservons assure la viabilité, la dynamisation et le développement de leurs terroirs. À toutes et à tous je vous souhaite une chaleureuse bienvenue dans ce site dont la régularité de la mise à jour constitue un ingrédient supplémentaire dans la mise à disposition des informations plus utiles pour tous. Bonne navigation. Mansour Kane Pdt du Comité de Pilotage International Provisoire”

For more info; please click here



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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 12:00 – 14:00pm | Venue: Willesden Green Library & Museum

95 High Road, London NW10 8BN | Hosts: PaulCrooks | FB: /PaulCrooksAncestry | Twitter: @PaulCrooksUK | Email: info@paulcrooksuk.com | Eventbrite: here

Amazing Initiative here! Ancestry Talks’ wish is to deliver enjoyable Black ancestry and Black history fused talks/socials. You decide whether just to listen, interact socially or both. Our audiences are keen to develop a love of heritage that will last a lifetime.

Paul Crooks is Black Britain’s trailblazing expert in tracing African-Caribbean family history. In 1990, he was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa.

Paul’s novel and guide to tracing to tracing Black ancestry unlocked sources for researching slave ownership and Black British family history. Subsequent speaking engagements, an appearance on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and national radio interviews, inspired a generation of to start exploring legacies of Britain’s slave ownership.

 For more info; please click here


30) Mother & Daugher Self-Esteem Summit

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: The Multiplex 1, Churchill Close, Green Street, DARTFORD DA1 1QE | Host: Sheun Olotu-Oke | FB: /SheunOlotu | Twitter: @SheunOlotu_Oke | Linkedin: /in/SheunOke | YouTube: /SheunOke | Phone: 07411857200 | Eventbrite: here

Join Sheun Oke at this ‘Mother and daughter Self Esteem summit’ in Dartford for an Inspirational day of Building, Connecting and Bonding.Featuring side attractions like: Stiletto walking, Mom vs daughter lip-synching, Dance-a-thon, Mother and daughter relationship discussion,

Speakers : Cllr. Rosanna Currans ( Deputy Mayor Dartford)

Tracey Sokoya (Author-Tasty kids Recipes)

Come dressed to impress!

GIFT (sponsored by Stephen Oke Photography)

Mother-Daughter portrait (Valued @ £70)

For more info; please click here


31) BLUE BRITZ UK

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Date: Sat 8 April | Time: 11:00 – 14:30pm | Venue: The King’s Head, 10 Stafford St, Mayfair, London W1S 4RX | Hosts: Democratic Alliance Abroad | FB: /DAAbroadUK | Twitter: @DA_Abroad | Linkedin: /in/Democratic-Alliance-Abroad | YouTube: /DA-Abroad | Eventbrite: here

New DA supporters can hang out volunteers and members at the friendly diaspora SA  event. The seventh Blue Blitz day on 8 April 2017! The workshop will be held at The King’s Head – which is centrally located and only 5 minutes from Green Park Station.Following the Blue Blitz workshop all attendees are invited to join the DA Abroad team for a meal at the pub at their own cost, so please do hang around for that.

Following the DA’s success in last years Local Government Elections, we’ve met so many great South Africans who want to get involved with the DA Abroad. The Blue Blitz events are an opportunity for us all to meet and for the volunteers to find out find out a lot more about the DA and the DA Abroad, and how they can get involved. 
 For more info; please click here


SUNDAY APRIL 9th



32) The Mighty Tiger Lives – A Cultural Memorial

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 16:00 – 22:00 | Venue: Carnival Village, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY | Hosts: Association of British Calypsonians | FB: /The.ABC.CalypsoTent | Email: britishcalypsonians@gmail.com | Phone: 0207 286 1656 / 0207 221 9700 | Eventbrite: here

Ashton Moore aka Mighty Tiger in 1992 pioneered the establishment of the now popular one and only London Calypso Tent in the UK produced byThe Association of British Calypsonians of which he was the President, Tiger as he is popularly called started singing calypso as a teenager and performed at the Southern Brigade, Revue Calypso and Victory Tents in Trinidad prior to emigrating to Britain.

A multiple winner of the UK Calypso Monarch, Tiger was an ardent Carnivalist that served on different manifestations of the Notting Hill Carnival Boards. He joined the ancestors in February 2017 but The Mighty Tiger Lives through his music, his work and commitment that ensured calypso music is now enshrined in the culural landscape of Britain, The ABC and its supporters invite you to celebrate his legacy.

 For more info; please click here


33) IT’S JAMMA TIME: SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 14:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: Yellow Pavilion, Engineers Way, Wembley Park HA9 OEG | Insta: /JammaRekk | FB: /JammaRekk | Twitter: @JammaRekk | Eventbrite: here

Come and join these cool guys again for some Jamma Rekk fusion. Experience a taste of Barbados, Gambia and Jamaica and get a peek into our fabulous mixed heritage. Enjoy a three course buffet plus BOTTOMLESS Jamma Juice, which is our seriously dangerous rum infused cocktail!

The Menu:

Pre starter:

Fish cakes: Succulent, tasty salt fish fritters. Infused with scotch bonnet peppers, onions, parsley and fresh herbs. Served with a selection of dips

Starters

Jerk duck:Pulled duck served on a bed of salad with some tasty mango salsa on the side

Or

Jerk Plantain: Shredded plantain is served on a bed of salad and accompanied by a zesty tamarind sauce

Main

Chew I Yappa with Jollof rice: Gambian beef stew. Succulent boneless beef, cassava and potatoes cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce

or

Chew I veg with Jollof rice: This vegetarian version of a traditional Gambian dish is not to be missed. Enjoy chick peas, potatoes, carrots, cassava and spinach all cooked in a spicy tomato sauce

Dessert

Rum cake with rum sauce! This needs no explanation!

For more info; please click here



34) The Fourth Annual Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo 2017

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 11:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London W2 1NB | Host: Conscious Vibes | Insta: /ConsciousVibes | FB: /ConsciousVibesMagazine | Twitter: @ConsciousVibesM | Linkedin: /in/ConsciousVibesMagazine | Email: info@consciousvibes.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

The 4th annual Conscious Vibes  Natural Hair & Lifestyle Exporeturns Sunday, 9th April 2017!… Its purpose is to celebrate, promote the beauty & diversity of natural hair & lifestyle. Allowing children, women and men of all generations to meet in a chilled, sophisticated social environment.

Showcasing,  Live hair demo’s and styling, hair consultation,African Fashion, Cultural specific bags, books, food and more.

“We also encourage women with processed hair to attend as well; Our overall aim is to break down the barriers and stigma associated with Natural Hair, whist eradicating the concept that there is a division within our community about hair.”

For more info; please click here


35) Ancient Africans in Europe, Asia & America

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Date: Sun, April 9 | Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 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.

Join us and see exactly how Black people established and engineered the ancient civilizations in Ice Age Europe, Asia and America by joining us on this ground-breaking tour.

At the end of the tour you can take home the exclusive Ancient Africans in Europe, Asia & America brochure for a small donation of £10. Click here to donate and reserve your copy

For more info; please click here



36) Black History Walks x NNO History Walk – Notting Hill

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 11:30 – 14:30pm | Venue: Notting Hill, London W11 | Hosts: Nubian Nights Out & Black History Walks | Insta: /NubianNightsOut | Twitter: @NubianNightsOut | FB: /NubianNightsOut | Meetup: meetup.comNubian-Nights-Out | Email: nubiannightsout@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

In 140 minutes Black History Walks will take us through hundreds of years of the African presence and contribution to London’s way of life.

There is much more to Notting Hill than Carnival but even that history is often mis-represented. Find out about pioneering African/Caribbean people who literally fought for equality and laid the foundation for modern multi-cultural London. Why does Portobello Road have that name? Where in London is there evidence of 3500 years of African civilisation? How is Kelso Cochrane connected to Stephen Lawrence?

This walk features:

– West Indian Freedom Fighters in London

– The White Defence League, Oswald Mosley and immigration

– Black self empowerment, economics and community planning

– Claudia Jones and the origins of Carnival

– Bob Marley, Diana Ross, Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Band Aid, Rhianna and where they hung out

– Shebeens and the Black Panthers

– World War Two, Windrush, Segregation and Gentrification

– Frank Chrichlow, Darcus Howe legends of Black British Civil Rights

– Race, Class, Gender, Literature, Science and much, much more!

For more info; please click here



37) TOTTENHAM AFRICAN CARIBBEAN WALK

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Date: Sun 9 April | Time: 11:00 – 13:00pm | Venue: Exit 2, Seven Sisters Station, Corner of Broad Lane, Seven Sisters Road and Ashmount Road, Tottenham N15 4DD | FB: /BlackHistoryAllYearRound | Site: AvrilsWalks&Talks | Eventbrite: here

Avril’s Walks and Talks is run by the vivacious Avril Nanton. She has been a student of Black History edification for many years and enjoys passing on information to the general public about a subject close to her heart. As the Director, she uses her experience and knowledge to fully inform her audience on the walk so that they come away with new information about something they may have been walking past for years and never knew anything about. She helps to change the perspective of those who “didn’t know”…

Come and hear “moor” about the King Phillip of Spain & His entourage Balthazar Sanchez and his achievements in Tottenham. Avril’s Walks and Talks takes you on a fascinating tour around Tottenham looking at the area from a black perspective.

This 2 hour tour will take you from the 1550’s right up to today, showing you the area in a different light. Here are just some of the things the walk covers:

  • Wartime Britain and Black people’s contribution
  • The industrialisation of Black Hair
  • Tottenham Outrage
  • Police Relations in the area
  • Moves and Grooves, the clubs of Tottenham
  • Black Comedy in Tottenham

For more info; please click here



MONDAY APRIL 10th



38) INKY CUTTLEFISH STUDIOS: EASTER Creative Project for Kids

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr – Thurs 13th April | Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm | Venue: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 7 Blackhorse Lane, London E17 | Hosts: Inky Cuttlefish | FB: /inky-cuttlefish | Twitter: @Inky_Cuttlefish | Phone: 07753 686331 | Eventbrite: here

Inky Cuttlefish Studios set up in 2007 and have since worked in partnership and with a variety of high profile artists, charities, organisations and groups in our local community, London, Berlin and South Africa. It comprises a printmaking workshop, a cafe (opening soon), a meeting room and a large community creative space available for hire.

“We will be delivering a series of exciting sessions that explore printmaking and visual art alongside African and Caribbean rhythm and movement. We will also be playing with creating art through movement! The sessions will be run in an airy light inspirational studio by experienced professional artists. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in printmaking or movement-based activities – we will make sure that there is something fun and exciting for you to do!”

For more info; please click here



TUESDAY APRIL 11th



39) How to Build a Personal Economy

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Date: Tue 11 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL | Hosts: Lavinia D Osbourne & Centre of Pan-African Thought | Twitter: @PanAfricanUK | FB: /PanAfricanThought | Eventbrite: here

In Britain 30% of people of Black Caribbean descent live in low income households, 50% if you’re Black African. How do we reverse this trend? How can we begin to improve our personal and macroeconomic standing as African people?

In this class, our financial mastery coach Lavinia D Osbourne will help us to develop the foundational mindset and techniques for creating your own personal economy. You will acquire the tools to improve your financially literacy and start a journey of wealth and abundance. We all have aspirations and dreams, whether you want to become and investor, tackle a debt problem, or simply begin breaking the cycle of poverty in your family; this class will help you take responsibility using the most powerful instrument we have, our mindset

What you will learn:

  • What money is exactly
  • Transform bad financial habits and improve your personal relationship with money
  • How money works, i.e compound interest, APR’s, investment principles
  • How to search the market place for better deals
  • Techniques for creating financial goals and strategies
  • Take responsibility through personal development

For more info; please click here



40) Marking the 40th Anniversary of ROOTS Mini-series

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Date: Tue 11 April | Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm | Venue: Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone, London E11 1HG | Hosts: PaulCrooks | FB: /PaulCrooksAncestry | Twitter: @PaulCrooksUK | Email: info@paulcrooksuk.com | Eventbrite: here

Trailblazing family historian and author Paul Crooks captivates his audience with his account of how he traced his African forebears enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago. Come and hear Paul’s account of how he traced his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother and his roots in Africa.

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history | Tell your friends that registration is essential. You are advised to book your ticket early as venue space is limited | Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

Light refreshments available. Click here for more information about Paul Crooks.

For more info; please click here



WEDNESDAY APRIL 12th



41) Knowledge Quarter Private Tour: Treasures of the Asian & African Studies Reading Room Date #2

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Date: Wed 12 April | Time: 17:30 – 19:00 | Venue: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB | Hosts: The Knowledge Quarter | Phone: 020 7412 7116 (Jodie Eastwood) | Twitter: @KQ_London | FB: /The-Knowledge-Quarter | Eventbrite: here

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff and friends from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private tours and views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the British Library. You are invited to an exclusive private after-hours tour of the British Library’s Asian & African Studies Reading Room and see some fascinating collection items.

Hedley Sutton, Reference Team Leader of the Asian and African Studies Reading Room at the British Library, will pull out a dozen of the Collection’s most peculiar and precious items from the British Library’s collection. This is a once in the lifetime chance to get up close and personal with history.

For more info; please click here



THURSDAY APRIL 13th



42) Black Dance Archive Celebration And Strategic Alliance Meeting

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Date: Thu, April 13, 2017 | Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA | Hosts: State of Emergency | FB: /SOE_Arts | Twitter: @SOE_Arts | YouTube: /StateOfEmergencyArts | Email: admin@stateofemergencyltd.com | Eventbrite: here

State of Emergency cordially invite you to a an evening of film, presentations and discussion to celebrate the completion of Phase one of the Black Dance Archive. Established in 1986; these guys are committed to the creation of high quality work, and to creativity and innovation in the fields of dance and music. This evening will include a first viewing of the newly released documentary film of the Black Dance Archive project by Franklyn Lane Films, with presentations from artist archive depositors and the next generation of artist/ researchers, followed by refreshments and networking.

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY APRIL 14th



43) The Black Image

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Date: Fri, April 14 | Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Venue: Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank London SE1 8XT | Host: Black History Walks | Hosts: Black History Walks | Facebook: /BlackHistoryWalks | Twitter: @BlackHistWalker | Eventbrite: | Eventbrite: here

‘A very revealing presentation and film which shows how the image of African people has been deliberately altered by Europeans to show negativity. In the 15th century African people were portrayed in European art as noble, sophisticated and intelligent. With the rise of Empire these images were thrown out and replaced with demeaning stereotypes which still inform public opinion via children’s books and Hollywood movies..

Admission free if booked via eventbrite. Donations accepted on the day. This event will start at 6.30pm and latecomers may not get a seat.You can view our Nzingha lectures at www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks

For more info; please click here



44) Female Empowerment in the African Startup Space

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Date: Fri 14 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Work.Life Camden, 13 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP| Hosts: Do it Now Now Africa | Hosts: Do it Now Now Africa | Insta: /DiNNAfrica | FB: /DiNNAfrica | Twitter :@DiNNAfrica | Email: team@doitnownow.com | Eventbrite: here

Women are important.
Are you interested in connecting with startups that place value on the potential of women in African communities?
Join us as we discuss ideas and challenges facing female-led startups as they try to get a foothold in Africa.

 here



SATURDAY APRIL 15th



45) NAIJA INFUSIONS: STREET FOOD

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Date: Sat 15 April | Time: 18:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: London cooking project, Ethelburga Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AG | Insta: /AwesomeDishes | FB: /NaijaInfusions | Twitter: @AwesomeDishess | Phone: 02037127070 , 07448261087 | Email: info@naijainfusions.com | Site: www.naijainfusions.com | Snapchat: Awesomedishes | Eventbrite: here

Come with me to NIGERIA and enjoy fantastic taste of Lagos Nigeria, West Africa street food. The evening will include delicious servings of Four course meal which include canapes served with their choco milo cocktail to welcome you. What to expect, tantalising inspired twist on famous street food found across the streets of Lagos, eaten and loved by every lagosians. Awesome Dishes promise good music, wine, cocktails and vibe that will leave you, looking forward to their next supper club. 100% CHILDREN FRIENDLY

MENU:

Starters – Akara (Fried beans fritters) mini sandwich bite and spicy fruity salsa

Mains (1). Boli (grilled plantain) with fried whole mackerel and agoyin sauce (V)

OR
Mains (2). Ofada rice with mix assorted meat ayamase sauce and dodo ikire

Dessert- Steaming hot buns, with Suya spice homemade ice cream & zobo coulis

For more info; please click here



46) Nollyfest Easter Film Screenings with TAG

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Date: Sat 15 April | Time: 14:00 – 16:30pm | Venue: Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays RM17 5DX | Hosts: NollyFest & Africine Films | Meetup: meetup.com/AfriCine-Films-Nollyfest-Film-Club | Twitter: @NollyFesti | Blog: here | FB: /Africine-NollyFest | Phone: +44 (0)870 844 7326 | EmailInfo@nollyfest.com | Eventbrite: here

Nollyfest is back at The Thameside Theatre working with TAG.

After three years in Production the African animated hit – The Secret Princess comes to the Thameside Theatre on Saturday 15th April 2017.

An event for the whole family! Catch this rare screening of The Secret Princess by award winning Director Segun Williams. This ground breaking animated feature film starrs DJ Cuppy as Sade and Desmond Williams in an adapted African folk story full of enchantment and mystery about mistaken identity and the quest for true love.

Limited tickets on sale now!

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 16th



LONDON’S FINEST HACKNEYS’ FINEST: Launch Show

Date: Sun 16 April | Time: 19:00 – 22:30pm | Venue: Camden Centre, Judd St, Kings Cross London WC1H 9JE | Hosts: HackneysFinest | Twitter: @HackneysFinest | Info: info@Hackneysfinest.com | Eventbrite: here

HACKNEYS FINEST & HIGH ROLLERS PR PRESENT: LONDON’S FINEST! (OFFICIAL LAUNCH SHOW)
HACKNEYS FINEST is the UK’s leading social media platform for comedy and entertainment.
Finally the eagerly anticipated seated 800+ people entertainment show is coming to the Camden Centre. We will be bringing you London’s biggest comedians,singers,musicians,Djs, and youtube stars. This will be live entertainment like you have never seen it before!
So if you fancy a good laugh, fancy a great debate, or just simply want to sit back and listen to London’s finest instrumentalist and singers, then get your tickets and come down to a night not to be missed.

LINE UP INCLUDES:

★ HOST: EDDIE KADI ★ THE COMPOZERS ★ KOJO FUNDS & YXNG BANE ★ BKCHAT LDN ★ DAJ JORDON ★ JAZZIE ★ THREE SHOTS OF TEQUILA ★ TRAVIS J ★ REBBECA GARTON ★ OFF COLOUR ★ DJ DARKOZY ★ DJ WREXX

INSTAGRAM: @hackneysfinest For email enquiries : djdarkozy@hackneysfinest.com
TABLES / BIRTHDAYS
For more info on tickets, birthday packages & VIP Tables call 07921511873 / 07507299772

For more info; please click here

47) AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN MARRIAGE REFRESHER

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Date: Sun 16 April | Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm | Venue: Timber Garden Restaurant, 161 London Rd, Croydon CR0 2RJ | Hosts: Kings & Queens United | FB: /Kings&QueensUnited | Twitter: @KQUnited | Phone: 07494 882829 | Email: hello@kingsandqueensunited.com | Eventbrite: here

Welcome to Kings and Queens United: Recreating the bond within African and Caribbean families!

AIM:

>> To educate and empower black Kings and Queens to create and sustain healthy balanced relationships.

>> Explore current and potential issues to find solutions before they become too big of a problem.

>> Provide 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.

Guest speaker on the night: The fabulous and well-experienced Jai Jai – relationship consultant

For more info; please click here



WEDNESDAY APRIL 19th



48) QUESTIONABLE: African History in the British School Curriculum – Roundtable Discussion

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Date: Wed April 19th | Time: 16.30pm – 20.30pm | Venue: Creative Campus
116, Putney Bridge Road, SW15 2NQ London | Hosts: National Institute of African Studies | Insta: /aid4tradeNIAS | FB: /aid4tradeNIAS | Twitter: @aid4tradeNIAS | Eventbrite: here

African history taught in British classrooms today centres on slavery, and the humanitarian aid that western countries send to Africa – the typical ‘single story’ of Africa. When the teaching of African history within the context of Black history begins and end with slavery, it ignores the humanity of black people. In light of this, the National Institute for African Studies (NIAS) is organising a debate & round table discussion on Weds 19th of April @ 6:30pm, where the consequences of the current approaches to teaching African history within British school curriculum will be discussed.

“To address the limited nature of African/Black history taught within British schools. NIAS is proposing to commission a five series booklet, detailing the roles and accounts of five specific ancient African civilisations – prior to contact with the Atlantic slave trade and European colonisation accounts. Your presence and contribution at this event will be much appreciated.”

For more info on this event; please click here



THURSDAY APRIL 20th



41) African Pattern – Lino Printmaking Workshop

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Date: Thu 20 April 2017 | Time: 18:30 – 21:00pm | Venue: Studio 12, Old Manor Park Library

835 Romford Road, London E12 5JY | Hosts: Antonietta Torsiello | Insta: /TorsielloArtist | FB: /TorsielloArt | Twitter: @torsielloartist | Eventbrite: here

Suitable for beginners/improvers

In this 2.5 hours course, you will explore the traditional art of block printing. This form of print can be translated onto many surfaces. In this workshop you will use the wide range of artist books, african fabrics and reference images to come up with a concept for your very own African pattern.

Under the expert guidance of your teacher, Antonietta Torsiello, you will transfer and carve your hand drawn design onto a lino block and create a stunning lino print to take home with you after the class. Antonietta by the way is an award winning visual and textile artist of Jamaican and Italian heritage raised in East London, UK! Mediums she works with include silk screen, lino print, etching, acrylic, watercolour, drawing ink, oil pastel, lentils, seeds and soil. Her work discusses the complex relationship between texture, nature, cultural traditions, emotion and her own personal experiences.

Lino printing is an extremely popular form of printmaking, used by many professional artists. Although this is now the case, for a long time lino printing was held in low esteem by the art world, until a certain Pablo Picasso made a series of lino prints in the 1950s. That saw the start of a trend that still flourishes today. And long may this continue!

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY APRIL 21st



42) Impact Investing in Africa Tech Roundtable

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Date: Fri, April 21 | Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Venue: Fieldfisher, 2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3TT | Hosts: Africa Technology Business Network | Linkedin: /African-Technology- Business-Network | FB: /AfricaTBN | Twitter: @AfricaTBN | Eventbrite: here

The Impact Investing in Africa Tech Roundtable will bring together Africa-focused investors and key technology players in London to have an in-depth discussion around driving impact investment into the Africa technology sector with a particular focus on market opportunities and challenges for scaling impact investing.

Objectives:

  • Create a discussion around opportunities and challenges in impact investing in the African tech ecosystem.
  • Gain insights from leading impact investors who are already actively engaging in Africa.
  • Networking to enable collaboration among key players in the sector.
  • Generate a discussion summary for participant’s further engagement.

For more info; please click here



43) Legacies of Biafra : Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra War 50 years on

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Date: Fri, 21 Apr – Sat, 22 April | Time: 10:00 – 22.00pm | Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG | Hosts: Igbo Conference | Blog: igboconference.com/blog | Insta: /IgboConference | FB: /IgboConference | Twitter: @IgboConference | Eventbrite: here

The conference will be attended by survivors of the Biafra War, local stakeholders from across Nigeria and West Africa and international experts and academics. The conference will facilitate discussions around the conditions that led to the outbreak of war, whilst also creating a space to reflect and consider lessons that can be learnt from this period in recent history.

This conference gives us the opportunity to:

•Discuss unresolved issues within Nigeria that need to be addressed.
•Explore the divide and rule politics of colonial Nigeria which set the nation on a particular path.
•Create a productive space for mutual understanding amongst Nigerians and the international community.
•Reflect on the ongoing impact of the war 50 years on.
•Explore the themes of trauma, identity and belonging which allows for a more personal view of the war, and humanises those who were affected by the conflict.

Registration for the conference includes access to conference, a registration pack, a hot lunch and refreshments across. If you have any dietary requirements we will try our best to accommodate them. After registering, you can email info@igboconference.com including details of your transaction ID number, to let us know what your dietary requirements are

For more info; please click here



44) StringFEST: Tunde Jegede- Kora/ Cello / Zayn Mohammed – Guitar / Oud

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Date: Fri 21 April | Time: 19:30 – 22:30pm | Venue: 5 Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, London N7 9AH | Hosts: Sama Arts Network | FB: /SamaArtsNetwork | Twitter: @SamaArtsNetwork | Email: info@sama.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Sama Arts Network is one of the UK’s oldest and most influential arts organisations in the genre of traditional and contemporary South Asian arts. It also presents Orchestral, Jazz and World Music. In this concert titled: ‘Testimony’ will be spearheaded by Tunde Jegede and aims to trace the musical voyage from Bach and the Baroque to medieval Mali, to his own contemporary compositions.

It’s a highly original show and the imagery gives a sense of these worlds both culturally and historically. Tunde Jegede’s music is at once an intimate and personal reflection and also a cultural expression that transcends boundaries. It is a meditative journey that touches on the essence of our being, through sound and image. This concert is a testament to Tunde’s universal appeal and shows once again that he never shies away from challenging the boundaries of music.

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 22nd



45) Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 15:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN | Hosts: PaulCrooks | FB: /PaulCrooksAncestry | Twitter: @PaulCrooksUK | Email: info@paulcrooksuk.com | Eventbrite: here

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history! Paul Crooks was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” In the 1990’s, undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa; an effort that has brought him international recognition for his breakthroughs in African Caribbean genealogy research.

By 1999, Paul had uncovered the potential of the National Archives 1817 Slave Registers and the 1834 Slave Compensation registers for researching Caribbean Ancestry and African Roots. Paul’s revelations preceded a flurry of inquiries into the slave registers and slave compensation records.

For more info; please click here



46) The 2nd UK-East African Healthcare Investment Summit (London)

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Date: Sat 22 April | 09:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL LONDON, British Medical Association House, Tavistock Square WC1H 9JR | FB: /UgandaDiasporaHealthFoundation | Twitter: @udhfuk | Moses Mulimira (Email) moses.mulimira@hotmail.co.uk (Mobile) +447828060143 | Mariam Aligawesa Email:ohmariam@hotmail.com (Mobile) +447947754009 | Eventbrite: here

The East African Community faces many health challenges, making the health system strengthening agenda clear and concrete. Ensuring that the East African Community has the capacity to respond to current health issues and identify future challenges are a priority. The 2nd UK- East African Healthcare Summit 2017 aims to bring together large delegations of government officials, policy makers, research and development institutions, senior hospital directors & CEOs and healthcare professionals to United Kingdom to network with international healthcare experts, investors and solution providers.

For more info; please click here



47) AFRICAN AND PROUD?

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 12:30 – 16:30 | Venue: Unite The Union, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN | Eventbrite: here

BTWSC is a pan-London voluntary organisation that uses the creative arts to develop potential, raise aspirations, and promote social inclusion. It works with youths, adults and inter-generational audiences. Its core areas of delivery cover music industry, event planning, and African history education and programmes. For more details: btwsc@hotmail.com.

Are you an African? Does the quote below by historian Runoko Rashidi resonate with you?
If so, you’re especially welcome!
“We are African people. Get comfortable with it. And learn to love your African self.”

12.30-1.00pm Registration/Refreshments, TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) documentary excerpt
1.00-1.20pm Welcome
1.20-1.40pm Global African Quiz
1.40-2.00pm African Voices Quotations Session
2.00-3.30pm As Long As You’re Of African Heritage… play & Q&A
3.30-4.00pm Introduction of African History UK Network & African History @ 30/#AHMUK30 Campaign includes Golden Minutes from African History specialists
4.00-4.30pm Music 4 Causes Playlist, Araning, Refreshments, wrap Up

Books, DVDs and food on sale

For more info; please click here



48) Meetup, Network Workshop with African Foodies

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Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 12:30 – 14:00pm | Venue: Buna Oromia Coffee, 154 Royal College Street London NW1 0TA | Hosts: West Africa Cooks | Email: leslie@westafricacooks.com | Insta: /WestAfricaCooks | Twitter: /WestAfricaCooks | FB: /WestAfricaCooks | Eventbrite: here

A Very Useful Event indeed! This event in April is for anybody wishing to gather to network and discuss the business of African and Caribean food, recipes and cooking. If you are new and would like to start up in this industry please come. If you are anentrepreneur in this business looking for new contacts and wonder how you go from start up to scale up again please join us.

Please read: Three Reasons Why You Should Start An African Supper Club and Networking With African Foodies

12.45 am: Meet and Greet at Ethiopian Buna Oromia Coffee. Camden |  14.00 pm: Come support the fairtrade cafe were we will discuss in a workshop fashion

• Making a Profit (Food and Drinks pairing)  • Marketing (Repeat business by reviews) • Sources of Investment (and your KPI’s)

Leslie would like to have more of these meetups and in future at the new Africa Centre. Her hope is that after the meetup you will implement ideas which can be measured by the group and not just talk. Please be ready to contribute how we grow the industry. Any other problems, please send a direct message or email us at leslie@westafricacooks.com

” This is a small venue so it will be first come first to have a seat. I look forward to seeing you. Leslie”

For more info about this event; please click here



49) COMMUNITY HEALING: An African-centred Event

Date: Sat 22 April | Time: 13:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: The Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN | Email: windrush.event@gmail.com | Twitter: @WindRush1948 | Eventbrite: here

Windrush Foundation (hereafter called the ‘Organisation’) is a registered Charity established in 1996. The organisation plays the leading role in preserving the history of the arrival of the first post war wave of Caribbean settlers at Tilbury Docks, Essex on 21 June 1948, and the celebration of their contribution to the making of modern Britain

For more info; please click here



SUNDAY APRIL 23rd



49) The Hollywood Collection

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Date: Sun 23 April | Time: 18:00 – 21:00pm | Venue:  St John’s, Hyde Park, Hyde Park Crescent London W2 2QD | Hosts: Mark Johnson | FB: /MarkJohnsonDesigns | Phone: Call: +44(0)7939484529 | Email: info@markjohnsondesigns.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Mark Johnson launches his amazing evening and Red Carpet gowns with stunning national and international models. UK based fashion label Mark Johnson designs, formerly House Of Esther, was inspired by mother of founder Mark Johnson. His mother was once a seamstress and a former student at The London college of fashion. Through her work, he took created the label and dedicated to providing exquisite red carpet gowns fit for all movie premieres, banquets, weddings and church events.

See http://www.markjohnsondesigns.co.uk
Clothes will be available to buy on the day.
Hosts to be confirmed.
Entertainment so far:
Joanna-Playing some incredible music on the grand Piano
Esi.J – (Dance) Afroofusion mix of different styles from West Africa, South Africa and hip hop influence
Talitha Lindo – Poetry

For more info about this event; please click here



TUESDAY APRIL 25th



49) Blackamoores and Tudor England – The Untold History of an Influential Era

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Date: Tue 25 April | Time: 18:15 – 19:45pm | Venue: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF | Hosts: Brent Cultural Service | Twitter: @BrentCulture | Eventbrite: here

Current research proves that the population of Tudor England was considerably more diverse than we have been led to believe. There was a notable population of African people living and working in Tudor England, providing skills and trades. The lives of these people are often omitted from the mainstream teaching of the Tudor period. Join the historian Onyeka, as he examines this vital research and evaluates the importance of this untold history.

Brent Culture Service provide something for everyone in Brent. Our libraries, sports centres, museum, archives and allotments encourage residents to get involved, be active and creative.

For more info about this event; please click here



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Date: Tue 25 April | Time: 19:00 – 21:30pm | Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL | Hosts: Maeve Crawford & Centre of Pan-African Thought | Twitter: @PanAfricanUK | FB: /PanAfricanThought | Eventbrite: here

Family, what does that word really mean? To build a family is the highest and most noble attainments of man. It is the key to building communities and nations. However, almost half of black children in Britain are being raised by a single parent in a one parent household. The economic and psychological ramifications of this are stark, arguably disadvantaging for Africans who want to climb the social ladder.

In this class, our relationship healer Maeve Crawford will help us to understand the science and process of choosing a life partner. Through awareness, self-reflection and conversation, this interactive workshop will empower men and women to be clear about what they’re are looking for. Then equip you with tools and strategies to find the person that is right for you – right meaning someone who is aligned with your values and vision. You will learn how to see beyond the social masks and physical attraction, and how we create connections with purpose and meaning, and ultimately a better match for life’s journey.

For more info; please click here



WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th



51) BEE BAKARE: BRIGHTER (EP Launch)

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Date: Wed 26 April | Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ | Hosts: Bee Bakare | Insta: /BeeBakareMusic | FB: /Bee-Bakare-Music | Twitter: @Bee_Bakare | YouTube: /Bee-Bakare-Music | Eventbrite: here

The award-winning BRIGHTER EP debuts at the Notting Hill Arts Club.

Bee Bakare is a Nigeria-born British soul singer-songwriter. With a deeply rich and warm contralto that features in her sound, and shows that leave audiences saying ‘wow that voice’, she is also known for her contagious stage personality. A vibrant performer and a winner of Future music songwriting UK 2016, Bee will be playing with her full band, songs from the brand new EP. Her songs have and continue to achieve international radio play including BBC radio Bristol, whilst the first single by the now London-based artist, ’Waiting to Happen’ is out now.

…the audience was utterly transfixed. Her richly textured vocals, catchy hooks and fizzing musicality immediately set this young acoustic soul pop singer-songwriter apart” -Cultural Highlights 2016 (Huffington Post)

For more info; please click here



52) Turning Risk Into Opportunity: A Compliance Seminar

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Date: Wed, April 26 | Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Venue: 10 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB | Hosts: | Hosts: Peverett Maxwell & UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce | FB: /PMGovernanceAfrica | Email: info@peverett-maxwell.com | Eventbrite: here

Smart Implementation of Compliance Standards in Africa

The UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Peverett Maxwell partner to offer an exclusive series of one-day workshops focused on equipping attendees from UK/International companies with practical strategies for implementing international compliance standards in their Ghanaian and wider African operations.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Why you need this course:

To Understand the key principles of the UK Anti-Bribery Act 2010 & other international compliance standards

To Determine what the laws mean for you

To Get Clarity on what you need to put in place in your African Operations

To (Re-)Wire your thinking for the local context

To Acquire simple, practical, effective implementation techniques

To Tackle head-on the risks of 3rd parties/local business partners

To Get Smart on available enabling technologies

To Create your action plan for successful implementation

For more info; please click here



THURSDAY APRIL 27th



RACC Monthly Cinema : Nowhere in Africa (German with English subtitles)

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Date: Thu 27 April | Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm | Venue: Richmond Adult Community College, Theatre, Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE | Hosts: RACC Events | FB: /RACC.college | Twitter: @RACC_College | Email: marketing@racc.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

April we are screening NOWHERE IN AFRICA (15), a 2001 German film which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as five German Film Prizes (Deutscher Filmpreis), including best feature film of 2001. A true story of a Jewish family who escape Nazi Germany at the last opportunity to live on a farm in remote Kenya. It charts the contrasting attitudes of Regina and her parents towards their new life and the poverty and isolation of their new home. N.B This screening will be in German with English subtitles

For more info; please click here



51) Cuba, an African Odyssey + talk with filmaker Jihan El Tahari

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Date: Thu, April 27 | Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH | Eventbrite: here

It is 10 years since Jihan El Tahari’s seminal film Cuba: An African Odyssey, was made. A painstaking researched and crafted documentary packed with archive footage of this crucial period of struggle for independence from colonial powers, in the history of the African continent and its diaspora. The context is the cold war era of international politics. African revolutionaries call on Cuban guerrillas to help them in their struggle, and Fidel Castro’s men will play a central role on the continent.

June Givanni Pan African Archive and MayDay Rooms will be screening this film in the presence of the director who will introduce the film and discuss it with us all afterwards.

For more info; please click here



52) AFRICAN CARIBBEAN MARKET

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Date: Thu 27 April | Time: 14:00 – 18:00pm | Venue: Concord Cafe South Kilburn NW6 5RA | Hosts: National Algerian Centre | Eventbrite: here

The Afro-Caribbean Market is to let communities know about the culture of Afro-Caribbean by trying their traditional foods, participating in some activities such as dancing, listening to their music and craft activities. The food will be cooked by Granville Community Kitchen, Radio Active will look after the music and there will be activities to enjoy.

The Afro-Caribbean Market will be on 27th of April 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00.

If you would like to get involved in our project please get in contact with the team on contact@nationalalgeriancentre.com or call 0844 2727627.

For more info; please click here



FRIDAY 28th APRIL



53) BIS Publishing 1 Day Intensive course for African Caribbean Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully!

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Date: Friday, 28 April | Time: 10:30 to 16:00pm | Venue: Voluntary Action Islington 200A Pentonville Road, N1 9JP London | Hosts: BIS Publications | FB: /BISpublications | Phone: 07903 791469 | Eventbrite: here

BIS Publications is a UK based publishing house with over 15 years in the publishing, distribution and retail book industry. They are publishers of multicultural fiction and non-fiction children books. They came into existence after our research found that although there was vital need for African books and resources, it was not being fully catered for.

This day course does what it says on the tin and is for African Caribbean Writers who want to Self Publish Successfully!

For more info; please click here



54) SOUTH AFRICAN WINE DINNER

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Date:  Fri, April 28 | Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Venue: Hotel du Vin & Bistro Wimbledon ‎

West Side Common, London SW19 4UE | Hosts: Hotel du Vin Wimbledon | Insta:/hotelduvin | Twitter: @HotelDuVinBrand | FB: /HDV.Brand | Eventbrite: here

Join Hotel du Vin Wimbledon for this engaging, fun and interactive South Africam wine dinner, with Master Sommelier Nigel Wilkinson. They will introduce six wines from the best regions of south Africa all perfectly paired to a wonderful menu prepared by our head chef.

£65 per person, including arrival drink & canapés, three course dinner and six fantastic wines followed by coffee and petit fours.

For more info; please click here



55) Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse

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Date: Fri 28 April | Time: 14:00 – 21:00pm | Venue: Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS | Hosts: Kings College: Arts & Humanities Research Institute | Twitter: @KingsArtsHums | Email: arts-hums@kcl.ac.uk | Eventbrite: here

With the ongoing political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brings together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture. 

PROGRAMME:

14.00 – PANEL 1: Historical Pluralisms and the Prospects for Peace
Speakers: José Lingna Nafafé (Bristol University), Nayanka Paquete Perdigao (African Leadership Centre, King’s College London), Ibrahima Galissa (Lisbon-Guinea-Bissau)
Chair: Lucy Duran (SOAS)

15.30 – Tea and coffee break

15.45 – PANEL 2: Musical Pluralisms and the Prospects for Peace
Speakers: Manecas Costa (Lisbon-Guinea-Bissau), Tony Dudu (London-Guinea-Bissau), Lucy Duran (SOAS)
Chair: Toby Green (KCL)

17.15 – Tea and coffee break

17.30-1830 – SCREENING: “Identities in Greater Senegambia and Beyond: Perspectives Through History and Music in Dialogue” followed by discussion with Lucy Duran and Toby Green, chaired by Anna De Mutiis (CAS)
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/XSy7noeyeCE

19.30 – LIVE CONCERT: Manecas Costa, Tony Dudu, Ibrahima Galissa in unison

For more info; please click here



SATURDAY APRIL 29th



56) #NNO: Spill The Tea London Black Girls’ Tea Party

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Date: Sun 29th April | Time: 11:30 – 14:30pm | Venue: Secret Location | Hosts: Nubian Nights Out | Insta: /NubianNightsOut | Twitter: @NubianNightsOut | FB: /NubianNightsOut | Meetup: meetup.comNubian-Nights-Out | Email: nubiannightsout@gmail.com | Eventbrite: here

Join Nubian Nights Out and Spill The Tea London for a magical evening of celebration, sisterhood and culture, served up with a teaspoon dose of ratchetness!

#NNO are creating a safe space for Black women and girls to just be. The Black Girls’ Tea Party is their platform to recognise, inspire and empower one another. As well as connect and network, and share stories over tea! This is a magical evening of celebration, sisterhood and culture, served up with a teaspoon dose of ratchetness!

Set discussion points will be based around the importance of self love and self care, beauty and redefining the Black woman’s image, and we’ll also be encouraging all of our Sisters in attendance to spill the tea on personal experiences of Black Girl Excellence.

For more info; please click here



57) April Afro Reads Club Meeting: Half a Yellow Sun

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 14:15 – 16:15pm | Venue: Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane, London N13 4EY | Hosts: AfroReads Book Club | Eventbrite: here

This will be the 2nd 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 + 84p booking fee per person and refreshments will be provided. The book selection for April is the popular Half of a Yellow Sun which is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning second novel, and was listed as one of New York Times Most Notable Books of 2006. Many critics praised Half of a Yellow Sun and predicted that Achidie will be hailed as a significant writer of the twenty-first century.

For more info; please click here



58) AFRICAN FASHION SHOW

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 17:00 – 23:30pm | Venue: Walworth Methodist Church (Clubland)

54 Camberwell Road, Sarnesfield House, London SE5 0EN | Hosts: Afro Unite & O’Clara Boutic | FB: /AfroUnite225 | Eventbrite: here

You will meet us at this event – we hope to be there! The O’CLARA AFRICAN FASHION SHOW is a showcase of Beauty, Fashion and craftsmanship from all African particularly from Cote D’Ivoire. Join them on what should be a night of packed fun, fashionistas and hospitable atmosphere.
For more info; please click here


 58) NIGHT OF COMEDY: With Teacher Mpamire

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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 18:00 – 20:00pm | Venue: 102 Longbridge Road, Barking, London IG11 8SF | Great Commission Church, Barking | FB: /GCC.Barking | YouTube: /GCC_Expansion | Vimeo: /GCCbarking | Email: info@gcmuk.org | Phone: 0208 591 7704 | Eventbrite: here
Great Commission Church brings yet another epic event full of fun and laughter. Come and be part of this memorable Night of Comedy with the funniest and most educative comedian in Uganda. It’s an event where gospel will meet comedy. Don’t miss!!
For more info; please click here


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Date: Saturday, 29 April | Time: 12:00 to 21:00pm | Venue: West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, Tottenham, London N15 3QR | Hosts: Black History Studies | Twitter: @BlackHistStudies | Facebook: black.historystudies | Insta: /BlackHistoryStudies | YouTube: /Black-History-Studies | Linkedin: /in/BlackHistoryStudies | Google + : /BHstudies | Eventbrite: here

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

The aim of the event is to:

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

We will have stalls Showcasing African Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Fashion, Skincare, Hair Care, Food, Books, DVDs, Toys & more! There will be educational and interactive presentation on Financial Literacy and film screenings for all the family. There will also be children activities by S.T.E.A.M Power who use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) led activities that help to raise children’s aspirations and cognitive abilities. For the first time ever, our event is sponsored by the award winning Colourful Radio.

 For more info about this event; please click here


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Date: Sat 29 April | Time: 10:00 – 16:30pm | Venue: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House

7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS | Hosts: Inky Cuttlefish | FB: /inky-cuttlefish | Twitter: @Inky_Cuttlefish | Phone: 07753 686331 | Eventbrite: here

Inky Cuttlefish Studios set up in 2007 and have since worked in partnership and with a variety of high profile artists, charities, organisations and groups in our local community, London, Berlin and South Africa. It comprises a printmaking workshop, a cafe (opening soon), a meeting room and a large community creative space available for hire.

“This session will have a very brief look at the art of woodcut, how to prepare an image, cut your plates and print your work. You will create a small edition of two colour woodcut prints to take home with you at the end of the day. The session is run by an experienced artist-printmaker in our wonderful airy printmaking studio situated a few minutes from Blackhorse Road tube station in Walthamstow. All materials included.”

For more info; please click here


SUNDAY 30th April



61) Chop X Beats – Day Party

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Date: Sun 30 April | Time: 15:00 – 22:00pm | Venue: White Post, 92 White Post lane, Hackney, London E9 5EN | Hosts: Cams X Bikes | FB: /CamsXBikes | Insta: /CamsXBikes | Email: info@chopxbeats.co.uk | Eventbrite: here

Come and enjoy authentic West African cuisine and 100% old school hall party vibes from 3 pm till 10 pm – set in one of Hackney’s secret gems, complete with a riverside terrace.

Get your dancing creps ready! Legendary DJ Nore is back with another session of party hits straight from the motherland! Music policy – Afrobeats * Highlife * Reggae * Hip-Hop * Old SchoolIt’s not a party, without Mama J’s Jollof rice. 

Full of flavour West African cuisine will be available for purchase:-

Jollof rice | Kelewele | Chicken | Salmon | Kra Kro (plantain dumplings) | Yam plus much more!

For more info about this event; please click here


61) The Best African and Caribbean Food Competition Award Ceremony 2017

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Date: Sun 30 April | Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm | Venue: Jubilee Hall, Tulse Hill Estate

Tulse Hill, Brixton SW2 2LY | Hosts: Afrikan Family Works | FB: /TheAfrikanFamilyWorks | Twitter: @AfricanFoodHall | Insta: /afrikanfoodhall | Phone: 07783 188100 | Eventbrite: here

Organisers of the UK’s biggest African and Caribbean food competitions spent 6 weeks last November to December discovering some of the best cooks and bakers championing traditional African and Caribbean cuisine.  Producers of the food competition will be providing a lavish evening with live music and entertainment. They are also planning to provide a traditional 3-course meal for guests and contestants along with a vegan option.

“This is a strictly friends and family-orientated event and therefore we have only made available a limited number of tickets to the public. If you want a ticket then please purchase your ticket as soon as you can. No more tickets will be released. Please note that TASTY AFRICA TASTY CARIBBEAN FOOD TASTING FESTIVAL will be happening from November 2017 and tickets will be on sales in the summer.”

(The award ceremony takes place at the competition’s new home of Jubilee Hall on Tulse Hill Estate, south London on Sunday April 30, 2017)

For more info; please click here



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Date: Sun 30 April | Time: 13:00 – 17:00pm | Venue: The Classic, 28 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7PG | FB: /GuyanaSpeaks | Eventbrite: here
A sumptuous Guyansee Brunch Buffet, featuring all of the Guyanese favourites, will be had, along with a few Guyanese traditional surprises.

Presenters: 1) Dr. Juanita Cox Westmaas | 2) Dr, Michelle Yaa Assantawa | 3) Ra Hendrix

Pioneers of Guyanese Drama and Literature.
Michael Abbensetts and Edgar Mittelhölzer are two Guyanese that made a huge impact in their respective professions. We explore their important contributions.
For more info; please click here


63) ANGELA’S KITCHEN: CARIBBEAN VEGAN SUPPER CLUB

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Date: Sun 14 May | 16:00 – 21:00pm | Venue:  Secret Location Hammersmith | Site: www.angellawilliams.co.uk | Phone: 02081335126 | Eventbrite: here

Join Angella’s Kitchen where she will be holding a Cooking Class/Supper club for you and your friends to join us where we will show you how to cook traditional Jamaican Cuisine from Scratch. You will be shown how to cook and really have a chance to participate as you enjoy the sweet sounds of reggae music, while you savour the aromas and influences of the Jamaican North Coast while tasting the delicious food you have prepared. No frills, just good old fashioned home cooking made with love.

Checkout their May Supperclub too. There will also be a delicious chocolate dessert for all you chocolate lovers.

So at our Vegan Supperclub, we bring the food, with influcences from the Jamaican North Coast, a selection of reggae music. You bring your friends, a couple of bottles of your favourite wine and your slippers as we want you to feel right at home.

 For more info; please click here



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