The UK’s first ever African Cultural Gala Night (ACGN) is to hold in London on Saturday October 19th 2019.
Organised by African cultural icon and a celebrity talking drummer Ayan De First, the event will involve the playing of melodious and mesmerising rhythms associated with African dance and music which is fundamental to the African culture.
Put together to showcase African culture before a global audience, ACGN will be promoting the significance of the diverse and opulent African heritage through cultural dance and music. It will demonstrate the importance of dance and music as a medium for social engagement and communication to address key contemporary issues.
As a prelude to main event, a Cultural evening with Ayan De First will hold at the Nigerian High Commission on September 20.
Ayan De First is hosting the evening a to give fans a taster of what to expect at his forthcoming African Cultural Gala Night (ACGN) holding on October 19.
The ACGN takes place at the Palm Hotel, Hendon London
Ayan De First and his students will also be performing on the talking drums, while Nigerian-British children will also deliver renditions in the Igbo, Edo and Yoruba languages.
Akwa Ibom dancers will also be performing for an audience that will include His Excellency Ambassador George Oguntade, the Nigerian high commissioner to the UK.
Ayan de First said: “The purpose of it is to showcase our rich cultural heritage and to also remind Africans and especially Nigerians of where they come from.
Our culture night being planned for the high commission will be witnessed by our youth, media and other important stakeholders.
“Our colonial masters have taken the whole lot out of us be it religion, confidence about all that we have but could not take our culture from us. Ladies and gentlemen please let us wake up from our slumber and revive, sustain and keep it alive.”
He added that the event is being organised to promote and protect African culture, to pass on the baton to the next generation and to make the point that African culture is very prospective, educative and sustainable. According to Ayan de First, African culture is our identity and we must be proud of it.
Tickets for the event cost £40 and can be purchased by calling 07943823292 or 07931595287.
Alternatively guests can visit www.oduduwatalkingdrummers.com
For more information contact:
Ayan De First
Starting at 5pm, the event will feature a variety of dance troops and entertainers from across the African continent to entertain, educate and facilitate the appreciation of African people. It will also feature a gala dinner and is expected to attract about 400 people from across the UK, including members of the diplomatic corps, politicians, entertaines, community leaders and showbiz personalities.