HIRDA at Africa Day

foto_Africa_Day.JPGAfrica Day is an initiative by the Evert Vermeer Stichting. On November 17, NGOs, governmental organisations, financial institutions and social entrepreneurs came to Paradiso, de Balie and Barleaus Gymnasium in Amsterdam to present the political, social, cultural and economic situation of the different countries in Africa, the challenges that they are working on and the opportunities that lay there to be grabbed. HIRDA, a Somali diaspora developing organization, was there to put a special focus on its mission to improve and increase girls’ education in Somalia. To read more about the workshop on this topic click here. Below follows a short coverage of the day. 

HIRDA could be found with an information stand in the Barleaus Gymnasius, where an African cultural festival took place, kicking off with an African Fashion Show. Five talented upcoming fashion designers – Sarah El Mahi, Ayorolha, Eberechi Nwosu, Arriz Golden and Jeanne Aballo – showed their collection inspired by African cultures and nature to a professional fashion jury and an enthusiastic audience. The jury including Miss Africa Netherlands Anthonia Emegha, Irene Hin of the webshop Lady Africa and designer Patricia Linhard called out Arriz Golden as the winner and most talented designer of the show.

After the award ceremony, the poets Kofi and Azahlee of the Poetry Circle Nowhere took the audience’s attention with their beautiful poetry about their homeland. Fuad Hassan made the public laugh again with his stand-up comedy show. A grandmother who visited Africa Day with her daughter and grandson won the WorldGranny quiz about global ageing. Dancer Shafiki and percussionist Koko of the dance group ForêtSacréeObouibé impressed the public with a breath takingWest-African dance performance. A workshop for the audience to learn the dance followed. All the visitors could keep on dancing on the final performance of the band Street Aprhike who closed the day with a mix of hip hop and African beats.

Africa Day ends with the conclusion that policy coherence between commerce and developing cooperation is an important goal of the Dutch government. This way, developing aid will provide also many benefits for the Netherlands in the future. 

Are you curious what happened during Africa Day at other departments? View this link for a complete report of the entire day, including the opening ceremony by mayor Van der Laan, minister of Zimbabwe Sekai Holland, and the Dutch minister of Foreign Business and Developing Aid Lilianne Ploumen, and many debates on crucial topics regarding the development in Africa.

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