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The Black History Month is officially here and as we welcome a new month and celebrate Nigeria’s 54th Independence in Nigeria, we also know it is important to carry along all our readers. That is why we are sharing with you details of three events taking place in October to mark Black History Month.

The three events are as follows:

  • Africa on the Square (festival)
  • Africa and the Caribbean in the First World War (event)
  • ‘Emancipation to Windrush’ (exhibition)

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Event 1:           Africa on the Square

Date:               Saturday 11 October 2014

Time:               12pm-6pm

Location:         Trafalgar Square

Entry:               FREE

Information:    www.london.gov.uk/events

Everyone is invited to attend Africa on the Square, which presents an exciting programme inspired by the traditions and cultures of the African continent. The free event is being supported by Lebara, Air France and The Voice newspaper.

The stage line-up, compered by Abrantee and Usifu Jalloh, the Cowfoot Prince, reflects the diversity of London African communities. Performers include: Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Experience (Nigeria); Gnawa Griot featuring Simo Lagnawi (Morocco) and Jally Kebba Susso (Gambia); Aar Maanta(Somalia); Anna Mudeka Band (Zimbabwe/South Africa); and Baba Adesose Wallace (West Africa). There will be a West African drumming circle, plusAfrican acrobats and dancersRita Ray, renowned for bringing global sounds to dancers and music fans around the world, will DJ the event.

There will be an exclusive fashion show directed by Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) and Simplicious (African Street Style Festival), which will feature designers from the contemporary African UK fashion scene. There will be an African market selling a range of African themed products, including fashion and arts and crafts, plus food stalls, and a host of activities for children and families to get involved in, such as hair braiding, bead-making and batik-making.

Event 2:           Africa and the Caribbean in the First World War

Date:               Monday 13 October 2014

Time:               5:30pm-8:30pm

Location:         City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA

Entry:               FREE

Information/attendance:     Please email linda.kiff@london.gov.uk

As well as Africa on the Square, the Mayor is hosting a Black History Month event at City Hall, focusing on the contributions of people from Africa and the Caribbean in the First World War. Led by respected historians, S.I. (Steve) Martin and Stephen Bourne, who have a wealth of experience and knowledge on this subject, the free event coincides with the Centenary of the First World War. The free event takes place on Monday 13 October and will be of interest to people of all ages, including schoolchildren. Members of the public can find out more about the event by emailinglinda.kiff@london.gov.uk.

Event 3:           Emancipation to Windrush

Date:               17-31 October 2014

Time:               Monday-Thursday, 8:30am to 6pm; Friday 8:30am-5:30pm

Location:         City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA

Entry:               FREE

City Hall is hosting the exhibition ‘From Emancipation to Windrush’ from 17 – 31 October. Organised by The Windrush Foundation, the exhibition tells the story of nearly one million Africans in the Caribbean up to and following emancipation from slavery in 1838 leading to the arrival at Tilbury of 500 passengers on the Windrush in June 1948, and the dawn of multi-cultural Britain. The exhibition includes contributions from the National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum and Anti-Slavery International.

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