The Africa Centre in Southwark, London, is a hub for arts, culture, enterprise and development. It was established in 1964, but I only discovered it a couple of months ago after attending a couple of diasporic events, namely SheHive London, hosted by She Leads Africa, and a roundtable discussion hosted by the Young Africa Centre. At these events I discovered a range of start-ups which are aimed at empowering the diaspora, including:
Noir Excel – which aims to equip members with adequate knowledge and insight to help make informed financial decisions.
Kuba Wraps – which is a London-based company that hand-makes head wraps with authentic African textiles with the long-term aim of outsourcing labour into parts of West Africa to support the local economy and help to equip local people in building infrastructure such as schools and health facilities
To All My Black Girls – which provides natural kinky clip-in hair extensions made to blend with African, Caribbean and mixed hair textures to embrace individuality and empower a community of black girls who want to adore their natural look
Annette Abena – who writes a blog which focuses on business, entrepreneurship and current affairs in Africa
Unfortunately, the centres existence is not common knowledge and it should be for the entrepreneurial and creative diaspora and those who just want to embrace or learn more about African culture. To learn more and help promote the Africa Centre’s agenda of empowerment, visit the website, attend an event and share with others.