Last year was the first time I heard of the “Africa Day Gala.” I was requested to perform but before agreeing, I asked ” Is there going to be a lot of food ?” haha, I love African food! So this year I attended as a guest and I wanted to share with you some of the event highlights. The gala was great with traditional performances, recognition/awards and of course the food was delicious and…endless!The event took place at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. It was organized by CAAC (Council for the Advancement of African Canadians) which operates as the Africa Centre .Throughout the year, they host programs and services that empower and support the African youth, newcomers and other cultural communities/organizations. The guest speaker, Beatrice Ghettuba mentioned “Our centre represents the voice of the most vulnerable, newcomers and those in quest for identity and integration into the Canadian way of life.” When I looked across the room, I could see that her words were resonating with the people in attendance. I personally liked how the event reminded us to be proud of our heritage. Most of the guests dressed modestly in their traditional outfits and danced like nobody was watching! That’s why it was a difficult choice to shorten the video below, couldn’t decide to trim out some of the fun dance moves.?
Thanks to the centre for always finding time out of their work schedule to organize an annual gala and celebrate with the community.