Saturday 9 September
Vincent Massey Park.
Ayan Dua’leh is a young woman with a mission, to showcase Africa via the lens of the continent’s diverse ethnic foods. In fulfillment of her mission, Ayan organised a very successful Taste of Africa cultural event at the Vincent Massey park on Saturday. Featured were foods and delicacies from her native Somalia, Gambia, Tunisia and Ethiopia, an event that attracted over a hundred participants on a warm summer afternoon. This is how Ayan describes the goal of the event:
“As you well aware In the vast media landscape that surrounds us, many stories go overlooked. Success stories from the continent of Africa often go neglected with the narrative of extreme poverty and destitution.dominating. Too often, Africa is reduced to a single country, diminishing all its complexities and intricacies into one small monolith. Taste of Africa aims to educate people and display the enormous wealth of culture and tradition that can be found in the countries that make up the grand continent. From the rhythmic beats of the djembe from the shores of west Africa to the sacred rituals practiced by the Sufi people of the Horn of Africa, the entire continent is teeming with diversity and variety”.
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