If anyone ever doubted that “elders” and the “young” can’t come together for a night of social “edu-tainment” – an evening at Harrow’s Civic Centre on Saturday the 1st February would have proved you wrong!
The evening was a success offering quiz entertainment, storytelling and the first Sankofa Box handicrafts workshops for children.
Here’s how the hastily event came to be…
When an event booked in the Members Lounge was cancelled,
Harrow Mayoress Awula Serwah stepped in at the last moment to organise a Family Fun Evening with the aim of bringing together an inter-generational audience to help fundraise for the Mayor’s charities, Flash Musicals and Harrow Community Choir.
There was something to engage each section of the audience, which ranged from children to OAPs. Local author Naa Korkoi Abotchi’s story-telling and university student Kai Lutterodt‘s Sankofa Box handicraft workshop involved the children.
The Mayoress conducted a word game and history consultant Kwaku’s ‘Random History Quiz’ covered a wide breadth of subjects, which provided fun and knowledge for the inter-generational audience. The food, which included a cake baked by Abotchi’s young daughter Adubea, was enjoyed by all.
The audience, which included councilors and prospective councilors from the main political parties, was drawn from diverse communities from Africa, Asia, and the British Isles, including Welshman Alderman Keith Toms, who told a story linked to ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’, before leading the audience in singing the famous World War I song.
Stall holders included Kate Iffy Chukwu, who sold copies of her children’s book ‘A Week Of Tortoise Tales’, and Nana’s Organic Remedies, who donated proceeds from providing massages.
“It was great to rediscover the beauty of meeting across generations and sharing time together.” said Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante of the event, which raised just over £200 for her charities, Flash Musicals and Harrow Community Choir.
“It was good to have an inter-generational event, where different sections of the community could have a lovely time in one space, with something for everyone.” Added the Mayoress, who will be leading on the next Xtra History & Reasoning Session event in the Mayor’s Parlour. The topic of her presentation on Feb. 10 is ‘African Voices: Taking Strength From Global African Quotations‘. For more details or to book: www.XtraHistory.eventbrite.com.
Photos by Kwaku
So what do you think? More social inter-generation events to be organised? Get in touch with your local Counsellor or event organisers firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for the short video of my Sankofa Box handicrafts workshops from which part of the money raised went towards the Mayor Cllr Nana Asante’s charities. Myself and my wonderful assistant Grace fully enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to future events in Harrow.
To book us to give Sankofa Box handicrafts workshops for children and young adults, contact me click here.