Multiculturalism Day brings large crowd to Strathcona Park

Rwandese dancers

Rwandese dancers  Photo copyright Black Ottawa Scene

Saturday 24 June

The cloudless warm summer day was the perfect setting for the 2017 Multiculturalism Day in Ottawa. Established three years ago, one of the city’s most prestigious events, brings together Canadians of all stripes, races, ethnicity, gender and more in a exhibition of unity by showcasing the cultures, music, arts and foods from the diversity that makes our national capital a special place to live. Organised by the Somerset West Community Health Centre, in partnership with the African Associations Ottawa, the afternoon offered celebrants an amazing variety of music, song and dance and food from Rwanda, Nigeria, Congo DR, and more.  Featured entertainers included Tumba Na Rumba drummers, Rwanda Indashyikirwa, Ngoma Africa Dance group, OTTR rap group, Empress Nyiringango, Keko Town,  and Jemima Remix & Roi Mulopwe.   Among the dignitaries present were Nigeria High Commission Charge d’Affaires, Oluremi Oliyide; Rwandan High Commission Charge d’Affaires, Shakilla Umutoni, Member of Parliament for Vanier, Mona Fortier, and Somerset West Community Centre Executive Director, Naini Cloutier.  A most enjoyable afternoon, thanks to organizers: Hector Addison, Community Developer with Somerset West Community Health Centre and John Adeyefa, President, African Associations Ottawa, and MC, Yvette Ashiri Yende.

Nigerian masquerade dance does his stuff

Nigerian masquerade dancer does his stuff

 

African vendor with a satisfied customer

African vendor with a satisfied customer

 

University of Ottawa Research Coordinator Solomon Lome

University of Ottawa Research Coordinator Solomon Lome

 

University of Ottawa Dept. Of Nursing display table.

University of Ottawa Dept. Of Nursing display

 

Somerset West CHC Executive director Naini Cloutier

Somerset West CHC Executive Director Naini Cloutier

 

Ugandan dancers

Ugandan dancers

 

The barbecue was good!

The barbecue was good!

 

Religious church display table

Christ Embassy church display

 

African drummers and dancers

African drummers and dancer

 

MC Yvette Yende-Ashiri

MC Yvette Yende-Ashiri

 

Left to right: David Majok, John Adeyefa, Eugene Williams, Amassador Oluyide, Ambassador Umutoni, Prof. Josephine Etowa, Hector Addison, Yvette Yende-Ashiri, and Christiana Ogah

Left to right: David Majok, John Adeyefa, Eugene Williams,  Mona Fortier, Ambassador Oliyide, Ambassador Umutoni, Prof. Josephine Etowa, Hector Addison, Yvette Yende-Ashiri, and Christiana Ogah

 

 

Executive members of the African Associations Ottawa

Executive members of the African Associations Ottawa with President John Adeyefa, centre

 

All photos copyright Black Ottawa Scene

 

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