African night | Celebrating African-Australian diversity

The 8th African Cultural & Dinner Night was held last Saturday at Liverpool Catholic Club.

“This major event is organised to provide an opportunity for African-Australians and other Australians to network, foster a sense of community and participate in a vibrant cultural and social evening and celebrate Africa-Australia cultural identity,” said planning committee chairman Kelvin Ozurumba.

Igbo Community Australia president Silas Moneke said this year’s theme, Celebrating African-Australian Diversity, was an avenue “to explore the values, strengths and richness of our diverse social setting, with African communities’ contributions in perspective.”

The event featured African talents, entertainers and performers and attracted African-Australians from all parts of Australia.

Ugandan Community NSW president Robert Hirya extended a warm welcome.

Kamalle Dabboussy, chief executive of Western Sydney MRC, said the night was to encourage social and cultural inclusion within new and emerging African communities, building connections, promoting a sense of cultural belonging and also facilitating a creative opportunity for emerging artists.

Australian, Pacific Islander and African cultural performances were featured.

Special guests included MP Ray Williams, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, MP Luke Foley, NSW Opposition Leader, Bello Kazaure Husseini and Dr Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda, High Commissioners of Nigeria and Uganda, respectively.