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Date published: 06 November 2023
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The sixth annual Black History Month celebrations at the end of October saw Champness Hall completely transformed as guests adorned in cultural attire, eagerly anticipated a night dedicated to celebrating the achievements and milestones of the Black community.
The night was hosted by community group Caring and Sharing, which mainly assists refugees and asylum seekers whilst also supporting and empowering the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities. Caring and Sharing was founded in 2017 by CEO Nicky Iginla.
The atmosphere was nothing short of glitz and glamour, with a red carpet for guests, including Rochdale MP Sir Tony Lloyd, deputy mayor Shakil Ahmed, council leader Neil Emmott, councillors and many other important dignitaries.
Upon arrival, guests were warmly welcomed by the Caring and Sharing team, all dressed in vibrant African tabards, and were treated to a delectable spread of traditional African cuisine, lovingly prepared by the Caring and Sharing caterers.
As everyone took their seats, the main event commenced with prayers and a welcome address from Olawale Ogunijmi, operations manager of Caring and Sharing. Further speeches followed from the Rochdale MP and deputy mayor, as well as Prof Erinma Bell (CEO and co-founder, CARISMA), Rose Ssali (founder SAWN and MAMA), Hebe Reilly (director, Cartwheel Arts), Dr Charles Kachitsa (entrepreneur, consultant and community leader), Tikhala Chimpango (director, Woman Arise CIC and Gems of Africa), and Princess Folashade Alonge (founder, De Butterfly CIC).
The evening was skilfully guided by master of ceremonies Alfa Kuabo, and the night also saw captivating cultural performances, including enchanting dances by the Sunshine Cultural Dancers, Sudanese dancers, Ethiopian and Eritrean dancers, Nigerian dancers, and dancers from many other countries.
In addition to the captivating dances, there was a powerful poem recital by 14-year-old Yvonne Maina and a mesmerising theatrical performance by the Caring and Sharing Drama Group.
Talented local artists also graced the stage with their soulful melodies and rhythmic beats.
Visitors had the opportunity to explore stalls set up by various community organisations, including All Things African, Living Well, and Culture Co-op. To promote health and well-being, a representative from the council, Anne Nikolaou, offered to measure attendees' blood pressure.
For those seeking musical enjoyment, a DJ set the stage for an old-fashioned boogie, inviting everyone to join on the dance floor. Guests proudly displayed their beautiful costumes as they danced the night away to their favourite tracks.
Caring and Sharing CEO Nicky Iginla said: “We eagerly anticipate the next grand event and encourage everyone to stay updated through Caring and Sharing Rochdale’s social media channels so as not to miss any future events.”
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