“Arts, Culture, Books, Food, Life style, Shopping & freedom if expression.”
If you haven’t heard of The Mella Center then it’s about time you did. The centre has had its doors open just one month yet it’s already creating a buzz within the African community. So just imagine the potential this centre has to bring Africans together – right in the heart of London! I discovered The Mella Center over the weekend when I attended their Black Cinema Club on Friday, and two days later I’m already back for my second visit! This is a hub for the conscious (and those seeking consciousness) to mingle, to catch up with friends (as I did with Segun, author of Black Egyptians), network, shop, eat and much more! Look out for the entertainment on weekends.
The Mella center is located in London’s iconic Westend. So whether you’re looking for gift ideas ‘outside the box’ this Christmas, or a space to gain ideas, head to Oxford Street… No 73 Oxford Street where The Mella Centre is located.
Here’s my Sunday Afternoon at the Centre through the iPhone…
Meet Jonathan from the Africooo store. They specialise in Quality African Men and Women’s wear for any occasion. All made in Ghana.
Contact Africooo email@example.com and visit them at The Mella Centre and see for yourself!
Ben Ofori is Executive Director of Mzansi meaning “South”. I had a brief chat with the young entrepreneur of both West and Southern African heritage. I needed no persuasion to buy the earrings I had my eyes set on as soon as I walked into Mzansi store. I’m loving my new purchase. Checkout Mzansi at The Mella Centre for more designs. firstname.lastname@example.org
I met up with Segun Magbagbeola for the second time this week. The Black Egyptians author and I discussed ideas about creating awareness of the book in Egypt as I will be heading there in a few days. Look out for our audio interview coming soon. Follow me on my journey to Egypt and the Middle East beginning this week on my travel blog: Travel Making Kai.
I met these two conscious “siSTARS” (as Cezanne Poetess wrote it), Cezanne Poetess and Sekhmer. You know you’re blessed when you attract knowledgeable people who challenge your views with their deep conversations. Even if I didn’t agree with everything that was discussed (polygamy included), I left knowing that I had at least learnt something. There was some talk about empowerment workshops for women and men so take it as an exclusive that you heard it here first! Looking out for the workshops coming in 2014!
I will be getting my hands on a copy of the book to review so look out for it!.. I know I’m not the only one intrigued by the book with the three S’s… Single, Spiritual AND Sexual. Sound like my kind of read! Cezanne Poetess summarised her book as: “A black woman’s 11 year quest for the truth about sex before marriage, universal laws of her African ancestry, and his-story of the religion she had been indoctrinated into.” She added; “Some people are seeking love outside of themselves when it starts from within.”
And lastly but not least, I don’t think it’s by coincidence that I will be leaving for Egypt in a few days and I should see this beautiful painting representing Black Egypt. I’m not sure what to expect from Egypt but I hope, like this picture depicts, to be at one with myself. Cezanne Poetess is also a talented painter! Check out her facebook page.
It was great meeting one of the organisers and fellow Ghanaian, Shar. He’s also shown he is a true brother by promising to check up on me to check up on me during my 4-week trip to Egypt and the Middle East this month (the only brother to volunteer to do that)!
That was my chilled out conscious Sunday at The Mella Centre. Show your support for this young Organisation by passing through soon!
Celebrate this season at The Mella Centre
73 Oxford Street
Nearest tube stations are: Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Cirus
- Black Cinema Club Friday Film: The Wood (theefedstudent.wordpress.com)
- Arriving in Egypt (travelmakerkai.com)