Africa On The Square London 2017

By West Africa Cooks, 30 August, 2017

Africa on the Square returns to Trafalgar Square for the fourth time on Saturday 14th October.

The London Taste of Africa Group will visit Africa On The Square London 2017 on Saturday 14th October at 12:30 till 18.00. This meetup group aims are to bring people together through celebrating food from across Africa and African culture. You can sign up to this group by searching the website Past events have included festivals like Africa Utopia, Africa At Spitalfields and Africa Centre Summer Festival; supper clubs like Jason's Little Kitchen and Tokunbo’s Kitchen and there have been visits to Senegalese, Ethiopian and Nigerian restaurants for dinning.

The event during Black History Month 2017 is a free day out organised by the Mayor of London. Last year large crowd on the Saturday showed people love African culture and eating African food in London. I saw that there were hungry, happy, sociable large numbers of people and our meetup group members attended too.

This popular event in October celebrates African arts and culture. There will be a range of activities highlighting communities from across the continent. If you have never been you can expect a fantastic line-up of entertainment on the day including live music, DJs, dancing and a talent show, plus an African market, food stalls, fashion show and lots of fun. This Black History Month event is about African descendants telling their own story.

Read Three Reasons Why You Should Tell The African Story Behind Your Recipes And Cuisine

Comments From Past Meetups Events

“ Awesome!! ”
"Good.. great hosting and delicious food. much tasty food - perhaps too much for some but I couldn't get enough!"
“ Really nice group. I'll definitely look out for future events ”
"It was a lovely event. Full of culture, art, food and great music. Very educational. Thank you for organising this meetup invitation. Great.."

Check out the other African events and attend them. Tell your family and friends. Run your own events and post them on meetup. Follow Open The Gate and popup Africa. Search and tag #AfricaOnTheSquare #AfricaLDN #bhm #‎blacklivesmatter on social media.

If you wish to join me, I will be waiting outside South Africa house for 15 minutes from 12.30. If you come late there will be no food left so be on time.

See you there.
West Africa Cooks

African On The Square Food And Drink Vendors 2016

  • Shocka's Coconut Hub
  • Jollof Box
  • Spinach & Angushi
  • Cham Cham Sierra Leone
  • Cally Munchy
  • Ethiopiques Ethiopian
  • Global Fusion Vegan Creole
  • Exotic Tagine
  • Big Mama Food
  • Habesha Ethiopia & Eritrea Ethiopean

We need more black entrepreneurs just like the traders who feed us all in 2016 named above. Why? Well even those you may spend a lot of your money on the goods and services of medium and large international companies and organisations today, most do not wish to employ and invest in you, your family or community. What they offer you is a poor contract, low pay, covert sexism, discrimination and racism. To me that means they really want you to work for them for nothing unless they really want you. Here are three reasons why you should take up a traders stall at events like Africa on the square.

  1. There is a glass ceiling* at work, a lack of diversity and inclusion at your work, nobody looks like you in positions of power in management. This can lead to feeling of frustration which can effect your health‬. The gender, ethnic pay gap and gender pricing is real and will not go away
  2. There will be little to no pension in your future as we do not earn enough. It is best to start your life time business now. Plan and build the future today. Never retire your mind. Support your family with flexibility
  3. Real opportunities exist for first, second and third generation African and Caribbean entrepreneurs. See meetup comments above about the African market

Read Market Trader And Food Vendor Opportunities 2017

Takes Inspiration From Black History And Malcolm X

We need more leaders like you. Yes you are reading this article. What is inspiration? it is found in people creating empowerment, employment and wealth. Making money for legacy which creates well being for yourself and others.

..and for your future self. Business, culture and heritage‬.

So our people not only have to be re-educated to the importance of supporting black business, but the black man himself has to be made aware of the importance of going into business. And once you and I go into business, we own and operate at least the businesses in our community. What we will be doing is developing a situation wherein we will actually be able to create employment for the people in the community. And once you can create some employment in the community where you live it will eliminate the necessity of you and me having to act ignorantly and disgracefully, boycotting and picketing some place else trying to beg him for a job.

Anytime you have to rely upon your enemy for a job you’re in bad shape.

Location: How To Get There

Trafalgar Square

Nearest Tube Stations: Charing Cross (5min walk); Leicester Square (10min walk)

Train Station: Charing Cross (10min walk)

* The benefits of continuous work (good pay, bonuses, season tickets loans, high level networking, exciting work etc) will be reserved for the bosses. Promotional opportunities will be few and reserved for people who look like the boss. In reality you will find yourself working for many different employers never able to access the best benefits of work. You will hit a white male glass ceiling. Consider recent black history in African and Caribbean families. If your parents or grandparents came to the UK from overseas ask them how they have fared at work and if opportunities were denied to them and their race. Consider too sports such as football in 2017. How many black players are there in the game in Europe? How many black players then become managers or on the board of management at these clubs or who even own a sports club? History tells us that white slave masters had favorite slaves but he never bequeathed his wicked enterprise down to his human property. His free blood son inherited his legacy, the plantation farmland and slaves. This happened down the generations in law and his family become wealthy. An income stream was made increasing efficient over the years. Assets were acquired and the next generation built up power and influence on this system. The results is what you see today.


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