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YORUBA GBAYI: Afristar Foundation celebrates £9,000 Sharing Heritage HLF Grant

Afristar Foundation has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant of £9,000 to promote, preserve and showcase the Yoruba culture through a series of exhibitions and performances across Manchester.

Afristar Foundation is a community interest organisation/charity committed to providing support for Africans with fewer opportunities and promoting African heritage in a variety of ways.

This project will give Yoruba people in diaspora a sense of identity but more importantly it will share the rich Yoruba culture with the community as a tool for cohesion and integration as Afristar shall work with local schools to exhibit Yoruba songs, folklore, dance, drums and workshops.

It is important that we preserve our Yoruba heritage before it dies out because most young people living in the UK but of Yoruba descent are often totally disconnected with their heritage, don't speak the language or in some cases embarrassed about the whole Yoruba issue.

This project seeks to bring the Yoruba culture to the surface and make Yoruba people proud to be one.


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Sharing Heritage: Oral history of Nigerian Immigrants in the UK from the 1940s-1960s…Afristar Foundation celebrates £8,200.00 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Afristar Foundation has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant of £8,200 to record the Oral history of Nigerian Immigrants in the UK from the 1940s to 1960s, in order to preserve their history, share their unique experience with the community and preserve their legacy and heritage.

Afristar Foundation is a community interest organisation/charity committed to providing support for disadvantaged Africans in the UK and promoting African heritage in a variety of ways. This Oral history project would help young Africans appreciate the struggles of their forbearers and the level of sacrifice that was made to achieve today's multicultural United Kingdom.

It would also help the larger UK society to learn a few things about the life and times of Nigerian immigrants of that era and their unique lifestyle, whilst contributing to history and at the same time offer opportunity to young people to participate in making the documentary film.

Director Afristar Foundation, Gbolahan Peter Macjob expressed gratitude to the HLF for the award, saying "what an amazing opportunity this is to preserve the legacy of our fathers who helped rebuild Britain after the war but are often not favourably talked about. It's time to set the records straight" he concludes.

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North west said: "Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Oral History of Nigerian immigrants project can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF's funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what's important to them in their area."

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Manchester Stood Up for Autism

The prestigious Nexus Art café at the northern quarters, played host to an array of comedy fans, and more importantly people who came from far and wide to advance the course of Autism.

Hosted by Theresa Farlow, multiple winner of Open Mike comedy nights and a fan favourite across the Northwest, the audience were treated to an array of gags, jokes and sometimes were put on the spot, as was the case of Cameron a "comedy virgin" who was attending his first ever comedy event with his Dad and brother. He was put through his pace by the very funny Mike Edge who's analysis of the Jeremy Kyle show was hilarious. The shockingly funny Dean Smith's reminiscence of his university days was a great follow up and the irrepressible Jibreel Arshad closed the first half of the evening after playfully threatening to head butt the organiser, despite being only 3 feet tall but with the personality of a 6feet tall.

The second part of the show witnessed the suave and mild mannered but incredibly funny Ben Wearmouth with his posh but very funny routine,followed by his mate Scott Walker, both fellow winners of comedy events and all round good guys. Scott kept it real for the people of Wythenshawe and the cast of shameless would have been proud.

Then came the legend Tim Bradbury, who despite a back injury and obvious back pain, came on the show and wowed the audience with his incredible beat box. The show was rounded up by MC Africa Zulu who's African dimension was always a bonus.

All in all, the show was a success and we were able to reach out to new people about our organization.

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