The theme for this year’s event was the African woman as a modernizer. This event was tailored towards examining contemporary issues that affect the African woman in the modern era. It was a 3 hour event and we featured 3 guest speakers, 2 spoken word poets, a comedian, an afro beat violinist and a live conversation with the audience.
The first speaker was Tonye Aganaba, a multidisciplinary musician and visual artist. She spoke on the importance of recognizing, fostering, and encouraging connections between black and indigenous creators
The second Speaker, Dr Charles Quist-Adade a faculty member and past immediate chair and former co-chair of the sociology department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and founder and Convener of the Kwame Nkrumah Internation conference series spoke on the role of African women in the struggle for Global African Emancipation; You educate a woman, you educate a nation.
The third Speaker, Jumoke Dapo-Ogunsola a broadcast media professional with over 20 years experiencing in radio and television spoke on ‘Today’s African Woman: the need to forge stronger alliances to drive social change’.
I was the fourth speaker and I spoke on the changing narrative of the African Woman
SPOKEN WORD POETS
Alitta Shola-Cadmus read two poems written by her .The first, named Silent Affairs. This piece is written in a narrative style (prose) by a woman who is having an affair. She is a mother, a wife and a devoted woman to having a relationship with a man, only she can see. She completes her domestic duties while at the same time she is committed to meeting her man when the time strikes. and the second She is me, explores the mental and emotional process we as women can go through at times. “She is me” is inspired by ups and downs of the poet as a woman, struggling in a culture where so many facets of society influence how we feel about ourselves. The poem stands as a mirror for the poet personally as she sees herself in the mirror.
James is a Ghanian-Canadian poet whom writes primarily about issues affecting North American society he read a collection of poems he had written, titled glass boxes.
Osaretin also a contemporary violinist and actor who is inspired by Italian musical composer Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach played hit songs such as fall by Davido followed by a performance by Tanzanian Born Comedian and writer who performed some jokes that portrayed the strength of the African Woman
Then I had a live conversation with Councillor Trish Mandewo who is the Coquitlam City Councillor. Our conversation revolved around her early educational background, early life in Canada, journey so far as city councillor and advice for Africans in the diaspora
After the live conversation, our guests exchanged pleasantries, business cards and afro beats music danced through the air. Please enjoy some more pictures and keep abreast for Talks With Sosa 2020.