FOR A second year in a row, The Voice newspaper had the pleasure of playing a significant part in the city’s celebration of the African continent.
Africa on the Square brought the iconic Trafalgar Square to a halt as an estimated 25,000 people attended the one-day extravaganza.
The square was lit with colour, food and family - the core of any true African celebration.
As part of the nation’s Black History Month festivities this year’s theme Africa Celebrates couldn’t be a more befitting title for the continent that continues to grow from strength to strength.
The free event was compered by Esther Alade and Usifu Jalloh, also known as the Cowfoot Prince, who kept the audience engaged and entertained throughout the day.
Live music was supplied from the likes of Ghana’s Afla Sackey and Afrik Bawantu with the UK pioneer of Afrobeat music DJ Abrantee on the decks.
Other highlights include the exclusive fashion show directed by Africa Fashion Week that featured designers from the contemporary scene.
Gone are the days of the singular narrative of Africa, as a dark continent plagued by famine and disease. Through African’s in the UK and abroad the story continues to change.
The event also gave The Voice the chance to engage with readers up close and personal.
We thank all of you who attended our stand and celebrated with us the launch of our new app, available now on iPhone and Android.
We laughed, debated and also spoke in great lengths about the future of black Britain while distributing our specially curated magazine with the same title Africa Celebrates.
We trust and believe that Africa on the Square is here to stay and we will continue to play our part to ensure that your voices are heard.
[Photos by: Tony Attille and Ernest Simmons]