TO mark Black History Month, Thurrock African Group held its first “Ankara Festival” event at the Civic Hall, Blackshots on Friday 27th October 2017, highlighting the contributions and achievements of Africans in Thurrock.
The Ankara Festival event showcased top rising talents from fashion, dance and entertainment. On the night, local business owners had the opportunity to promote their emerging brands from textiles to beauty products.
The event was well attended, with guests including the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola and his wife, Councillors Oliver Gerrish, Jane Pothercary and Tony Fish.
The lively evening was filled with entertainment and laughter from comedian Bunmi West and African drumming and dance from Julius Blankson of Step Free Dance. Guests indulged in a range of delicious African dishes made by Kevtom Catering Services.
The main attraction of the night was the Ankara African fashion show including 3 main designers: Auszzy Couture Fashion, Mimiz Couture Fashion and Tobams Colours. Models fiercely strutted down the runway, showing off a variety of exquisite pieces made from African print material. Dotted around the room were exhibition stalls from local businesses showcasing an array of products from handmade clothes and accessories to beauty and nutrition products. The successful night ended with a raffle draw and a time for guests to dance, jubilate and celebrate African culture.
Councillor Bukky Okunade, the chairperson of Thurrock African Group expressed that she was very delighted about the success of the event. She went further to declare that annual Ankara Festival will continue in Thurrock due to the outstanding brilliance of the occasion and the many positive feedback received on the night.