Carlow Nationalist – Event celebrating African culture and heritage in Carlow

Runyi Okebunde and her children Glorious and Brianna enjoyed Carlow’s ‘Africa Day’ at Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Photo:

A CELEBRATION of Diversity Multiculturalism took place last week as the county celebrated Africa Day. The event, organized by the Carlow Africa Support Group and the Carlow County Development Partnership, took place at the Fairgreen Shopping Center on Africa Day, celebrated internationally on May 25.

Carlow African Support Group Coordinator Jolly O’Rock said: “We celebrated Africa Day and the diversity of cultures on Africa Day. We had an art showcase, different foods, different music from different areas…it went really well.

With 54 counties, the continent is a diverse melting pot of cultures. There was music from the Nigerian talking drum and drums from Zimbabwe as well as African and Irish dancing. There were also speakers and other activities.

The traditional African dishes on offer were particularly appealing. with tomato, Jellof (onion rice dish) from Nigeria; Ndole (cooked nuts, meat and herbs). Cameroon; and Ewa Agoyin (a sweet and spicy bean dish) from Togo, as well as the beloved Puff Puff donut.

Eight African nations were represented in the celebrations.

Describing the day as a “wonderful celebration of interculturalism”, Annette Fox, chief executive of the Carlow County Development Partnership, said: “Africa Day celebrates Africa and Africans around the world. It recognizes the 54 countries and cultures that make up the African continent and its contribution to global and local communities Today has been a wonderful celebration of interculturalism in Carlow and we look forward to many more, especially in light of our relaunch of the Carlow’s integration and intercultural strategy.

Africa Day celebrations are organized by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African Embassies in Ireland and local authorities across the country.

This scheme is administered locally by Carlow County Council and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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