Talks with Sosa '19 - The African Woman as a Modernizer
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Talks with Sosa '19 - The African Woman as a Modernizer


At this event, we would be examining the historical dimension and contemporary issues that affects the African Woman in the Modern Era through speeches and poetry.

Who should attend?

Attendees will include business leaders, students, citizens and individuals willing to make a change in the society, men and women who care about what happens around them, people who want to push the society forward and those who know the importance of constant learning. 

HOST/ ORGANIZER

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ESEOSA (SOSA) EWEKA-VALENTINE

Sosa is a student of Journalism and Nursing, founder of Talks with Sosa; an opinion- based blog that was established in 2016 with the purpose of establishing a platform to share her views and create a fora for exchange of ideas, issues and opinions with the world. She is also the founder of Salt City Speaking Society a non-profit organization with the purpose of bringing awareness on issues towards health challenges and poverty in our community and how visible minorities in the community can successfully integrate into the Canadian society without necessarily losing their cultural identity.  Daily, she is inspired by the fact each and everyone of us sees the world through different lenses. Consequently, causing our views on life to differ which makes up our individuality. She is inspired by writers such as Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

INTERVIEW / LIVE CONVERSATION

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TRISH MANDEWO

Coquitlam City Councillor

Trish has been a resident of Coquitlam since 2009.  She is married to Alexander and they have a fourteen-year-old daughter Alexandra.  Trish’s educational background is in Embryology and Clinical Microbiology.  She left the medical field when her daughter was born and became a successful serial entrepreneur. Currently she is the CEO and partner of Ubuntu StratEdge a performance-enabling company that focuses on culture, diversity as well as organizational effectiveness.  She is also co-founder of Women’s Collaborative Hub Society, an organization that enhances and supports the best collaborative and empowering environment for youth and women to connect, learn and grow.

Trish has won numerous awards including 2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant and is a recipient of Canada 150 Sesquicentennial pin for leadership and community service. She is a speaker and a book author.

A hardworking and strong believer in community involvement, Trish is committed to public service and with involvement in many community initiatives and boards:

-Coquitlam Foundation – Board of Directors

-City of Coquitlam Multiculturalism Committee

-Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce – Board Chair for Economic Summit 

-Tri-city Transition Society Board Member 

-Tri-Cites Early Childhood Development - Community Committee & Family Friendly Business Committee

-Autism Speaks Canada – Corporate Sponsorship Chair for Vancouver Walk 

-Valley Women’s Network – Core Committee Website Coordinator 

-VP of Communications for TCC Toastmasters International 

-Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce - Immigration and Trade Committee Chair 

-Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce - Ambassador 

-2016 BC Senior Games Competition Chair 

-Coquitlam Tennis Club President 

-Tennis BC Director for Ladies Tennis Inter Club League

-North East Tennis Society – Fundraising Chair 


GUEST SPEAKERS

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Tonye Agbanagba

Multidisciplinary musician and visual artist Tonye Aganaba, was born in London, England to a Nigerian father and Zimbabwean mother. Her latest album ‘Something Comfortable’, (slated for independent release in April 2019) , is intentional, masterful, rich and raw, and her most recent performance work ‘Afroscience’ uses music, visual art, dance, digital media and story to invite her audience to rise to conversations of identity, addiction and healing, and expression. Her shows are connected and intimate experiences, and evoke a kind of vulnerability we’re all hungry for. Tonye’s audiences leave feeling recognized, deeply heard and seen, humbled by the truth, and energized and empowered to live courageously and kindly.

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Dr. Charles Quist-Adade is a faculty member and past immediate chair and former co-chair of the Sociology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and He is the founder and convener of the Kwame Nkrumah International Conference series. His research and teaching interests are: Social justice, Globalization, Racialization and Anti-racism, Social Theory, Pan-Africanist and Global South issues

Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Dr. Quist-Adade was Assistant Professor at Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Central Michigan University. In addition he taught at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Wayne State University, Madonna University, and Michigan State University, all in the USA. He has also taught at Simon Fraser and the University of British Columbia in Canada.

He is the author and co-author of several books— In the Shadows of the Kremlin and the White House: Africa's Media, Social Justice in Local and Global Contexts, From Colonization to Globalization The Political and Intellectual (with Vincent Dodoo), An Introduction to Critical Sociology: From Modernity to Postmodernity (with Amir Mirfakhraie),Africa's Many Divides and Africa's Future,Re-engaging the African Diasporas (with Wendy Royal) and From the Local to the Global: Theories and Key Issues in Global Justice —several chapters in books, and scores of scholarly and popular press articles and blog posts.

Dr. Quist-Adade has won several teaching awards and accolades, including being cited twice in the Academic Edition of Canada's premier newsmagazine Maclean's as the top three most popular and one of 10 best professor at the University of Windsor, Ontario. In 2013, he was Kwantlen Polytechnic University Faculty of Arts Dean's Teaching Award Finalist and 2014 nominee.

He combines academic with community service. He is the president of the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of BC. He was awarded the 2004 Black Community Leadership Award by the Windsor and District Black Coalition. In 1998, he was voted the Ghanaian Man of the Year in Windsor, Ontario. In 2015, was awarded a Ghanaian-Canadian Association Leadership Certificate.

Dr. Quist-Adade began his career in his native Ghana as a journalist before moving to Russia where he pursued graduate studies while he worked as a correspondent of the London (U. K.)-based Gemini News Service. While in Russia, he also stringed for BBC Africa Service, the London-based African magazines, New African, African Concord and West Africa.

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Jumoke Alao

Jumoke Alao is a broadcast media professional with extensive anchoring, reporting, and producing experience from Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. 

Jumoke’s career began at the age of 18, as the host of Eko FM’s ‘You Asked For It’, a weekly music request program. She went on to co-produce and present ‘Showbiz Tempo’, the station’s famed entertainment show. She made her TV debut six months later presenting ‘Hot Stuff’, a weekly entertainment report on Lagos Weekend Television. 
Jumoke continued work during her time at the university. She bagged a BSc in Mass Communications.

Jumoke Alao joined Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM in 2001. She hosted “ The Ultimate Morning Show”, “Factfile”, “Sunny Side Up”, “Lunch Break on AIT”, “The Super Breakfast Show on Sunday”, “Entertainment news on the News Hour”, and also reported live from several events like The Ovation Red Carpet Carol, SoundCity Music Video Awards, AIT’s official launching in New York, Notting Hill Carnival London.

Jumoke hosted Style Quest and Beauty Queen makeover shows on TV. They aired on STV, NTA, MITV  

Jumoke Alao featured on BBC’s Network Africa and Focus on Africa (2003) ahead of the Nigerian presidential elections. A story she reported and co-produced on mixed martial arts and the Aboriginal youth in Canada featured on CBC’s Early Edition (2014)

As a producer, she has created, produced, distributed cutting-edge contents, which attracted full sponsorship and participation from international brands like Sprite, Coca Cola, Fanta, Samsung, Etisalat e.t.c 

Currently, Jumy is based in Vancouver, Canada, where she works with the Global's national news. Prior to that, she was a lead producer at Roundhouse radio, where, she produced primetime shows and worked with Industry's big names. 

Jumy exhibits mastery at show hosting, interviewing, reporting, producing documentaries, public speaking, digital content development and production, communications and marketing. 

SPOKEN WORD POETS

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James Arbuah

James is a Ghanaian-Canadian poet. He writes primarily about issues affecting North American society. Growing up Canadian with African parents has offered him a unique lens to navigate social pressures imposed on self. In his free-time he enjoys playing, basketball, listening to music and writing

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Alitta Cadmus

With parents hailing from Africa and Jamaica, Alitta Cadmus was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. After living in Toronto for most of her childhood and her young adult life, she moved to British Columbia where she currently resides with her family.

Active in her local church assembly, Alitta avails herself to the ministry by singing and volunteering as a Sunday school teacher. Appointed as an evangelist, and youth leader, strives to build foundational relationships in a culture where unity is essential.

With a passion for the arts, Alitta enrolled herself, into Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she is currently completing her  Associates Degree in Creative Writing.

In 2016, she received an award for completing an art project in response to a  poem titled "Diet" by  Billeh Nickerson

Alitta's work is innovative, and quite unique in its style. Combining her various passions for the arts into one her main focus is to use her words to generate relational awareness as well as character responsibility


PERFORMERS

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Osaretin Eweka

Osaretin is a  contemporary violinist and actor. He is inspired by Italian musical composer Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach. Osaretin plays hip-hop, afro beats and classical music

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A/L/L/Y

Born and raised in Tanzania, Ally is a writer and performer with a passion for stories, humour and live shows. As an African joy maker, he strives to develop narratives and present a variety of shows filled with laughs and lessons. One recent review describes Ally as an “invigorating blend of compassion and absurdity” - he is regularly booked to bring his contributions to diverse projects, on stage and screen. You can follow his latest ventures thru @venturally.


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Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Talks with Sosa '18

 

The theme for this years event is addiction. Speeches would span from behavioral addiction to  the opioid epidemic in Vancouver and  how it has affected all demographics specifically minorities in Vancouver.

Who should attend?

Attendees will include business leaders, students, citizens and individuals willing to make a change in the society, men and women who care about what happens around them, people who want push the society forward and those who know the importance of constant learning. 

At Talks with Sosa 2018, we hope the lens through which you view addiction will be changed as stigmas around addiction are often perpetuated by a lack of valid information.  

 

HOST/ ORGANIZER

ESEOSA (SOSA) EWEKA-VALENTINE

Sosa is the founder of Talks with Sosa, an opinion- based blog that was established in 2016 with the purpose of establishing a platform to share her views and create a fora for exchange of ideas, issues and opinions with the world. Daily, she is inspired by the fact each and everyone of us sees the world through different lenses. Consequently, causing our views on life to differ which makes up our individuality. She is inspired by writers such as Maya Angelou, Barrack Obama and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 

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SPEAKERS

GUY FELLICELLA

Guy is a qualified expert who devotes his time and career to public speaking, advocating to reduce the stigma of harm reduction and educating students on addiction.

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NANCY PILLING

Nancy Pilling was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She now lives in New Westminster, BC. Some of her passions are writing and photography. In 2015 Nancy published her first book ‘WITH THIS IN MIND’. It is a memoir outlining her experience of having been raised in a home that was abusive and some of the issues that arose as a result. Nancy is currently working on her second book which is fiction and she has maintained a blog since 2011. Nancy works as an accountant during the week and enjoys taking photos regularly.

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RON NEWELL 

I was approached to become a Board Member of the Last Door in 2016. I was so humbled by the request, to be part of an organization that has helped so many people with their addiction and other living challenges, that I immediately accepted the nomination.

The Last Door assists not only the Addict but the families of these folks. There are so many people affected directly by the actions of the addiction recovery process and the staff, directors and of course Dave & Louise the founders are there for the families and friends every step of the way.

I felt that it was important to step up and give back to an institution that provide services for those in need and who want the help to clean up their life. I myself am a 24-year sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and I learned the way to stay healthy and happy is to give back what was so freely given to me. My whole family has been affected by Addiction throughout our history, and it was time to break the chains of addiction.

I work with many different groups both in the addiction recovery fields as well as other community events as you can lead a normal life without the chains of addiction dragging you down I am involved in presenting a TEDx event in White Rock where we have two speakers selected to talk on Addiction and Homelessness. I am a Distinguished Toastmaster in Toastmasters International where I also help others to find their voice.

Keep spreading the word that we can indeed help people recover from addiction.

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SPOKEN WORD POETS

ALLITA CADMUS

With parents hailing from Africa and Jamaica, Alitta Cadmus was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. After living in Toronto for most of her childhood and her young adult life, she moved to British Columbia where she currently resides with her family.

Active in her local church assembly, Alitta avails herself to the ministry by singing and volunteering as a Sunday school teacher. Appointed as an evangelist, and youth leader, strives to build foundational relationships in a culture where unity is essential.

With a passion for the arts, Alitta enrolled herself, into Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she is currently completing her  Associates Degree in Creative Writing.

In 2016, she received an award for completing an art project in response to a  poem titled "Diet" by  Billeh Nickerson

Alitta's work is innovative, and quite unique in its style. Combining her various passions for the arts into one her main focus is to use her words to generate relational awareness as well as character responsibility.

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SARAH-AUDREY MOME

"My name is Sarah-Audrey Mome. I write poetry but I'm still bad with my words. There are 26 letters in the alphabet and still not enough for me to explain who I am in a short biography. Talk to me for a bit. Sit a spell. You might know then".

 

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ENTERTAINERS

OSARETIN EWEKA

Osaretin is a  contemporary violinist and actor. He is inspired by Italian musical composer Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach. Osaretin plays hip-hop, afro beats and classical music. 

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TUNJI TAYLOR-LEWIS

Tunji caught the improve comedy bug in Grade 10 high school drama class.  After high school he was in 11:07 improv from 2012 to 2016.  He considers himself to be a character actor/comedian who gets a lot of inspiration from his favorite TV shows which include Fresh Prince, Martin, In living  Color, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis. He has played  in the Fictionals' improv Against Humanity in June 2017. His comic inspirations include Eddie Murphy. Jerry Lewis, Will Smith, Kevin Hart and Martin Lawrence

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KOR KASE

Kor is a singer songwriter who is very passionate about his craft.  He has written and recorded over 100 songs. He recently released his single called Caesar.

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Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat 

Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat/Highlife, Afrobeat reggae Group music genre blends effortlessly original Afrobeat, Afrobeat Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Afrobeat gospel, Modern funk, Jazz, Blues, Salsa, Psychedelic rock & Soul, their musical spice is exotic and inspiring. They celebrate and share the beauty of African/Canadian multiculturalism with dance, music, fashion through their live performances. 

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African Descent Festival Vancouver
Jul
21
to Jul 22

African Descent Festival Vancouver

The purpose of the African Descent Festival is to celebrate the diversity in culture of people of African Descent within Vancouver. This promotes an attitude of unity which is described by the African word UBUNTU (uu-boon-too), a philosophy that considers the success of the group above that of the individual, it also means a person is a person through other people. 

The African Descent festival will enlighten African, Canadians, most especially Vancouverites about the unique cultures in Africa. The African culture is wide-ranging and manifold, consisting of a mixture of countries and consisting of a mixture of countries with various tribes, each having their own unique characteristics from the continent of Africa. 

"The goal of the platform for this year is to establish itself, while using the input gained to build on subsequent years. Culture and Art festivals are an amazing way to form strong bridges of which the team will look towards showcasing public art, installations, modern and traditional based showcases, night markets, crafts fair and musical performances. With a focus on rejuvenating the spirit of Hogan's Alley, this platform will work with a wide range of city groups, main street businesses, and at large Vancouver organizations to bring awareness to Vancouver’s prominent and growing African community"

African descent festival welcomes new immigrants and refugees, cultural groups throughout the lower mainland, young adults of African Descent, and the general public around the lower mainland, Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Canada as a whole.

EDDY KENZO

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Kenzo was born in Masaka , a town in the central region of Uganda. Kenzo lost his mother at age 5, after which he lived a street life for 13 years. After high school, he adopted the stage name Eddy Kenzo and began writing music. In 2008, he was featured in the popular song Yanimba by Mikie Wine His breakthrough 2010 song, Stamina, was met with critical acclaim and was used as a theme song for Yoweri Museveni's presidential campaign.He released the album Ogenda Kunzisa in 2012. One year later, he released Kamunguluze and toured the United States. The song Sitya loss became his most popular song to date, and a video of the Ugandan children Triplets Ghetto Kids dancing to the song went viral. Its success led to the launching of a petition to have the dancing children appear on the Ellen Degeneres show. Kenzo released the album Sitya Loss in May 2014

THE GHETTO KIDS: FROM STREET HOMELESSNESS TO GRAMMY

Triplets Ghetto Kids (TGK) is a group of African best international young entertainers and best top ten International dancing group from rose from ashes of Kampala garbages as street homelessness kids in Kampala City Uganda, East Africa who were orphans and street kids as their mentor EDDY KENZO.

EMMANUEL JAL

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Emmanuel Jal is a Juno nominated Musician, Actor, and Campaigner embarks on his 6th studio album; a stunning joint collaboration with his talented sister, Nyaruach.

“I believe I survived for a reason… to tell my story… to touch lives”

EMMANUEL JAL was born into the life of a child solider on an unknown date in the early 1980s in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences.

EZRA KWIZERA

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Ezra Kwizera’s music carries the spark of life along with the rich undertones of someone who has seen and survived hardship: war, poverty, and growing up as a Rwandan refugee in Uganda. Yet from seemingly insurmountable challenges Ezra has risen up to become one of the most notable artists and music producers in Africa and internationally.

In recent years, Ezra has travelled around the world and performed in front of thousands, in places such as Africa, UK and US. Now based in vancouver BC, Canada and has brought with him his energetic yet soulful melodies, along with his signature unique mix of genres and cultures.

Having a richly multi-ethnic performance style, Ezra fluidly sings and raps in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili, while infusing flavors of Reggae, Soca, East African Bongo, and Pop. Hearing Ezra sing, you know that he is sharing with you his story, and making you want to dance to celebrate life at the same time.

ALPHA YAYA DIALLO

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Guinean-born guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Alpha Yaya Dialo now based in Vancouver, he earned a matchless reputation for the excitement of his live band Bafing production. Diallo recognised has been a formidable force on Canada’s world music scene since the early 1990’s, with three JUNO Awards to his credit to date and West Coast music award and many other international award he earned in his career.

 

CHIAMAKA MOGO

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Chiamaka Mọgọ was born and raised in Nigeria. She is of the Igbo tribe and hails from Anambra state. A lover of dance, Mọgọ performed in cultural troupes from a very young age and continues to follow this passion for dance. She premiered West African Dance classes at the University of British Columbia's Recreation unit (UBC Recreation). She taught West African dance classes at the Vancouver Women’s Library and has performed for the National Congress of Black Women Foundation (BC).  She is also the founder of Initiative for inclusive Dialogue in Nigeria. She was named by CIBWE, as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. When she is working, she takes pride in being an enthusiast of good TV shows and Nigerian music/dance.

DUTCH ROBINSON

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Dutch Robinson is a voice to be reckoned with. From the South Bronx of New York to the rock strewn shores of the Bay of Fundy, Dutch Robinson’s musical path has been a long and winding one. As lead singer of the legendary R&B group, The Ohio Players, Dutch toured, recorded and appeared on Soul Train and The Tonight Show with the Players. He co-wrote their material, and incidentally performed the Ohio Player version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow requested at Judy Garland’s funeral. Dutch eventually left the Players. 

MORE ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS will include Dave Sage Bio, Chiamaka Mogo, Atory Duot, Dutch Robinson, DJ Sanches Cuban, Ras Fiery Reggae Master, Zimba Moto, Big Willie G-1, Damasco Soul system,  Ache Brazil Capoera, Jacky Arrah Yenga, Jabulire DlaDla,  Curtis cearsky and the constellationz, Coco Jafro, Jeffery Wood, A.K.A Mr Fantastic, Cara Feral, Dj Michael Fraser, Stranger Brews, Atomic Brothers, Sache Donplexo, Kárà-Kátà Afro-beat

THE ART AND CRAFT NIGERIA will be present at the Festival

The art and craft Nigeria is basically to educate, enlighten and entertain the public on the rich cultural heritage of Nigerian people throughout various and diverse collection of artifacts, beads, attires, bronzes, basket and  solid mineral Nigeria is endowed with. Craft in Nigeria can be dated 500BC of the nok culture and 5000ad of Ife and Benin artifacts. A range of precolonial currencies were also crafted.  Their mission is simply to enlighten and educate.

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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