Cultúr Migrants Centre hosted an Africa Day celebration at Navan O’Mahony’s GAA Club to celebrate the diversity of the community

A little taste of Africa in Navan

Cultúr Migrants Centre joined the rest of the world to celebrate Africa Day with the Navan community at Navan O’Mahony’s GAA club with speeches, ethnic food, traditional fashion shows, and crafts, as well as family entertainment by multi-genre DJ Jola and Malawian afro hip-hop artist, Pop Dogg.

Migrant solidarity groups and local community members showcased native artefacts and various cultural heritage items.

Africa Day is an opportunity to remember that on 25th May 1963, 32 African countries signed the Charter of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which later evolved into the African Union (AU). The charter called for greater unity among African countries and supported their independence from colonialism and apartheid and promoted economic and political co-operation. It had a vision that all people on the continent would live freely and in prosperity. Irish Aid, under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) funds Africa Day celebrations each year with the support of 30 local authorities around the country including Meath County Council.

Leas-Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr Mike Bray said: “I am delighted to honour your invitation to celebrate the cultural diversity and potential of the African continent and its people. The Meath community is richer for the vibrant community of people of African descent who now call this county their home”.

Cultúr board member and Ireland’s first black female councillor, Cllr Yemi Adenuga of Navan, spoke of the resilience of African people in the face of adversity, and encouraged participants to strive for excellence and find their voice in their new circumstances.

More than 10 migrant groups and their representatives turned up in a show of solidarity. Community leader, Deji Adenuga, said:’ “Today is a special day for my motherland, and I’m reminded of the profound impact our diverse and vibrant cultures have had on the world.”

Cultur Migrants Centre project manager, Tinu Achioya, said: "The large number of people from all walks of life attending is a testimony to the pace of integration and the gradual acceptance of a multi-cultural and inclusive community for Co Meath”.

Cultúr Migrants centre is the only migrant-led regional community organisation, based in counties Meath and Louth, working with ethnic minorities including immigrants, migrant workers, International Protection Applicants, and refugees.