Feb. 3 2014
Harrow Mayoress Awula Serwah organised 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, including former Harrow Mayors Cllr Omar Asad and Cllr Nizam Ismail. Local author Naa Korkoi Abotchi’s story-telling and Kai’s Sankofa Box handicraft workshop involved the children. The food, which included a cake baked by Abotchi’s young daughter Adubea, was enjoyed by all.
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. One of the subjects covered in the quiz was the English word ‘loot’, which comes from the Hindi language, and refers to the British plunder of India’s resources during the colonial era.
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 Amtul Akhtar, proprietor of Nana’s Organic Remedies, who in addition to selling her products, provided massage, and donated the proceeds to Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante’s charities.
“It was great to rediscover the beauty of meeting across generations and sharing time together,” said Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante of the event.
"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.