Monthly Archives : April 2016


To  the Participant,

My name is Kombii Nanjalah, I spoke to you early this week and you asked me to send you an email, I’m writing you this email looking for support or partnership to help create the awareness of unity among the people of African Descent in Metro Vancouver, we are organizing a Pan-African Parade/Carnival and a Dialogue of Metro Vancouver, for 9th and 10th July. We would like to protect, support and promote the declaration made by the United Nations on the People of African Descent on Recognition, Justice and Development.   Looking at Africa many questions come to mind, many times we ask ourselves  what would happen if Ladipo Solanke,  Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, were to rise up and see what is happening, Many time we ask ourselves, what would happen if W.E.B Du Bois, Martin Luther King Junior and others were to rise up and see what is happened, because what they would be confronted with is an  Africa at is  war, war going on everywhere, where  the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea are un-settle , as we sit here to write this document now Central African Republic, Niger, Senegal,  Egypt, Somalia, South Sudan the Nuer have arisen against the Dinka  in our youngest Nation that has descended into bloody civil war fighting between its two main tribal groups threatening to tear South Sudan apart, with very little on the front pages of our news papers and the media as we don’t control them and we talk about all of them mutedly.  Africa is suffering and at war with herself.  The Africa which statistically and romantic economy say is growing but in truth is stagnated.    We are confronted with the Africa that don’t tell her own story, we have the Africa whose story is told by Europe and America, the CNN, Global Radio Dutchville, CBC, Radio FranceThis is the time we people of African Descent should and must start to think and make the contributions.   The questions are come: Are we thinking, are we ready to a Rise, Unite and Shine with special emphasis on our roots, culture, heritage, traditions and customs

The Ant and the Grasshopper – titled The Grasshopper and the Ant (or Ants) – The fable describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant when winter comes and is refused. The situation sums up moral lessons about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future.  Honey bees are social insects, which mean that they live together in large, well-organized family groups. These fascinating behaviors make social insects in general, and honey bees in particular, among the most fascinating creatures on earth.


United family in one-ness


We seek to share, generate knowledge, promote and encourage diversity on the emerging artistic practices, within Canada and with artistic communities of the people of African Descent globally.

Engage, Empress, Celebrate and Appreciate our cultural Uniqueness.  Working collaboratively with  groups of people with special interest or similar situations by addressing issues affecting our well-being


To organize in accordance with our Mission, Vision, Values and mandate.  People of African Descent:  Africa – There is no continent blessed with striking beauty and diversity than the African Motherland.  It was this physical and genetic diversity that allowed Africans to parent the rest of humanity.  Indigenous Africa is a testimony to the full spectrum, of skin, tones, and hair textures, rich religious and cultural practices.   However, all this diversity has political destiny which merges into one African family, the people of African descent. To promote the declaration made by the United Nations on the People of African Descent on Recognition, Justice and Development.

  1. Recognition – This will be a new movement towards the elimination of racial discrimination, supporting the Challenges and achievements from the Durban Declaration. It is also a unique opportunity to build on the International Year for People of African Descent, which was observed by the international community in 2011, and to further underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion and to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the United Nations. The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action acknowledged that people of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, and continues to be victims of their consequences.

Connecting the same to the March 21 that is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The date was selected by the United Nations to honour the 69 people who were killed by police at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. In South Africa, March 21 is a public holiday, “Human Rights Day,” to commemorate the lives that have been lost in the fight for democracy and human rights.

Recognize through providing guidance, structures through processes that will promote the connectedness within and outside the people of African Descent.  Basic needs to be met to foster a good quality of life and access social housing, education, employment, healthcare, safety, democratic processes, open and accountable governance structures.

  1. Justice – Justice that affects people of African descent, including adequate access to legal aid, racial equality, diversity in the recruitment,  training,  employment, adequate and equal representation, fundamental human rights  and  elimination of violence, including police violence which affects people of African descent that are still of particular relevance, where our bodies are threatened well before they are human.
  1. Development – As per the Development our focus will address Social sustainabilitywhich has been the least defined and understood of the different ways of approaching sustainability and sustainable development.   Social sustainability has had considerably less attention in public dialogue than economic and environmental sustainability Several approaches to social sustainability, the first which posits a triad of environmental/economic and social sustainability which is the most widely accepted as a model for addressing sustainability that needs to be adopted by us. The “social sustainability” in our approach will encompass topics such as: cultural competence, social equity, social capital, placemaking, social justice, rights community development,  community resilience, livabilityhealth equityhuman rights,  human/cultural adaptations and social responsibility.

We are supported and working with the United Nations Geneva, a Working Group and for the International Decade for people of African Descent.  As a BCGEU Member, Shop steward, Community Leader, devoted community activist, particularly on the Downtown East Side, Canadian citizen, a mother and a woman.   I know and appreciate how much some of the companies, NGOs, Civil Societies, Community Organizations, Universities and individuals have been in the Fore – front in the fight against injustices, advocating and promoting peace and unity and condemning Human Rights injustices globally.

We are looking for support in terms of monetary assistance and or in kind.  We need TO FUND RAISE, design website, form planning committees and at the event we shall sell exhibition tables/booths.  We are looking for material/articles to share; we are inviting 40 groups or more of 1000 participants and 5,000 spectators, locally and globally of the people of African descent.  (Anyone, any group that comfortably identifies itself among the people of African Descent is welcome).

We shall parade, peacefully in the sun-shine on the streets with different fashion, drums and other old and modern musical instrument.  The parade will be celebrated through “The arts that represent an outlet of expression to help build a sense of pride, appreciating who we really are.  This first annual event will bring together performing groups, representing Central, North, South, East and West Africa, Central, South and North American, (The Americas) Caribbean, Indians and Philippines to preserve our history, culture and custom, reflecting on the social life and pass same  to our future generation.

We want to unite the people of Africa and those in the Diaspora during the Pan-African Carnival in Vancouver, to learn and appreciate one another, acknowledging our uniqueness, our experiences and finally telling it by ourselves.  Learn and share those who came before us (our ancestor/pioneers).   The main focus will be to unite and shine through our cultures, history and experiences on social aspect, religious practices, ethnic identity, customs, and traditions that will help shape our lives, these will help us appreciate our ancestor and the time in which they lived, what they achieved and the way forward in the coming 9 years as declared by the United Nations 2015 to 2024.

We are in a blessed country (Canada) that is made of immigrants with very rich multiculturalism.  Vancouver as a City is a mix of different religions, abilities, sexual orientations, ethnicities with cultural groups from all over the world and Canada’s Aboriginal communities.   It’s valued as diverse city, diversity being the source of the city’s strength, vitality, and prosperity with the commitment to diversity and inclusiveness that is reflected in the city’s mission statement.

We are inviting groups that can perform the following:  Show-case traditional attire and costumes through fashion, performances and Drums through Storytelling.  To empress the African original/traditional Dance, Samba from Brazil,  choruses, Songs, painting,  Poetry,  Sculpture-Installation, Pika- Picha ( Photography),  Hip-hop (Dance),   Digital Creation as well as reflecting, remembering, sharing and honoring the accomplishments and achievements all together past and present.  Literature welcome, presenters are encouraged to register to give a talk.

The groups and individuals who are invited to participate MUST attend and use both the stage and the parade.  Show case how well the music and dance work together, interpretation (movement, musicality and emotion).  Time to network and share the experience gained from each other.  I take this opportunity to thank you and look forward for a prompt reply in this regard, as we don’t have lots of time ahead of us.  IF YOU CAN WALK YOU CAN DANCE, IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING, LET’S SING THE DRUM, DANCE THE SONG.


Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) presents a Two day Sunshine “Pan-African Carnival, Parade and Dialogue of Metro – Vancouver” that takes place on the weekend of 9/10th July 2016.  The theme: Arise and Unite we People of African Descent for recognition, justice and development.   Pan Afri-Carnival will bring people of African Descent, their friends, and spectators together to celebrate, share and have fun together, marking this important event with the focus on ensuring safe event that does not negatively affect the community but include and celebrate the diversity together with others in the community respecting their different cultures, beliefs and customs.  We would like each one of the participants to be from our communities, building, belonging and being part of the memorable Pan-Africa Carnival of Metro Vancouver 2016.  It’s going to inclusively take all of us doing our part to defeat the hate, discrimination and racism when we arise and stand up for unity in solidarity.

As per the United Nations Declaration:

We shall unite to participate, learn, share and therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, during this Decade for People of African Descent.  As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: Recognition, Justice and Development.”

Programme of Activities

Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.


As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.”  The main objectives of the International Decade are as follows:

The Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, which was endorsed by the General Assembly, is to be implemented at several levels.  At the national level, states should take concrete and practical steps through the adoption and effective implementation of national and international legal frameworks, policies and programmes to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent, taking into account the particular situation of women, girls and young males in the following areas:

At the regional and International levels, the international community and international and regional organizations are called, among other things, to raise awareness, disseminate the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, assist states in the full and effective implementation of their commitments under the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, collect statistical data, incorporate human rights into development programmes and honour and preserve historical memory of people of African descent.  There are also a number of steps and measures to be taken by the United Nations General Assembly, including the appointment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to act as coordinator of the Decade, the establishment of a forum to serve as a consultation mechanism, convening of a final assessment of the Decade, and ensuring the completion of the construction and the inauguration, before the mid-term review in 2020, of a permanent memorial at UN Headquarters to honour the memory of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.  See the full text of the Programme of Activities (PDF).

 Pan-African Carnival of Metro Vancouver will draw a crowd of participants, spectators and funs- lovers to Parade with African drumming, dancing, bands, traditional fashion show and performing in the streets of Vancouver preceded by an open Dialogue.  It will be the largest Multicultural and Artist event ever performed collectively by the Peoples of African Descent in BC. Canada.  We appreciate any contribution in making it possible to enable our event a success, acknowledging our History, Cultures, Heritages through cultures and Arts to promote Equality, improving Social Justice, Advocating for Sustainable Development and pressing for policies to be improved on Education, Health Care, Social/affordable Housing and Employment to upgrade the living standards of our people.

 This First Annual Event will bring together Artists, Writers, Cultural Dancers/performers, Comic in different attire/regalia, Choruses, and Singers from Central, North, South, East and West Africa, Central, South and North America, (The Americas) and Caribbean. India – The Siddi, Siddhi, Habshi or Makrani the ethnic group inhabiting India and Pakistan the descends from Bantu Peoples from Southeast Africa. Philippines – The Aeta -EYE-TA or Agta indigenous people who live in scatted, isolated mountainous parts of the Island of Luson in Philippines “The Negrito”  Guatemala.   In St. Vincent in 1635, two slave ships wrecked there and the African slaves escaped to freedom.

Mixing with the native Caribs, they gave birth to a new Afro-Caribbean culture- The Carifuna (Gareefoonah) in the centuries since; the Carifuna migrated and founded villages along the Caribbean coast of the Central America.  As well in Belize “The GARIFUNA, commonly referred to as “Garifuna” these people are properly called “Garinagu” their culture and language are “Garifuna” The Garinagu are recent arrivals to Belize, settling the southern coast of Belize in the early 19th century. The epic story of the Garinagu begins in the early 1600’s on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.,  Brazil:  More than four million slaves were shipped to Brazil from the coast of Africa during the 16th century and onward.   Practice of slavery was abolished in 1888 when abolitionists brought the issue to the forefront. Todays, descendants in Danda – community – a Quilombo fight for their right to land that their ancestors once lived and worked on for generations.  Just to mentions few but of course those from the continent and within America and Canada.

 We must preserve, protect and promote our cultures, our history, and the experiences and finally tell it by ourselves.  Canada is made of immigrants, and as per our mandate:  Unite in community development activities, engage, connect and build strength through understanding, sharing and cross-cultural diversity, making meaningful improvements that respect each other’s traditions, values, beliefs, customs and aspirations; Multiculturalism builds the new national identity of Canada. “Canada is strong because of the many diverse and vibrant cultures that come together to form the base of its identity, it’s why each generation has welcomed newcomers seeking liberty and the promise of a better life.  “We seek to be greater, we do greater things, with more compassionate, more accepting, more open to those who have differently cultures from others and we are strengthened by these” with very rich multicultural history.  Vancouver as a City is a mix of different religions, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities and different cultural groups from all over the world  and Canada’s Indigenous communities and indigenous peoples of the world that we the people of African descent respect and value as we share so much in common.   Vancouver is valued as diverse city, diversity being the source of the city’s strength, vitality, and prosperity with the commitment to diversity and inclusiveness that is reflected in the city’s mission statement.

 We are inviting groups and individuals who can perform and showcase in the following:  Art, Poetry, Performers in traditional attire, traditional fashion, Bands, “Drumming through storytelling, African Song and Dance – Traditional/Hip Hop,  Painting, Comic, Illustration, Sculpture and Installation,  Pika-Picha” (Photography), Literature, Sustainable Art,  Digital Creation as well as Reflecting, and we shall sell the wares, carvings, beadwork, needlework, embroidery, traditional and other media is welcome.  The invitation letter will be send to the group/individual/media, the governments departments and ministries through respective countries’ Embassies in Canada.  After registration and payment is made, we shall send invitation letters through the Email.   When registering please forward the Name of the group, Country of origin, how many in a group, their Names, Passport copies and the name of the persons in-charge.

  • Each group will finance their own tickets and accommodations.
  • Participants for the dialogue will pay $100 each at the door lunch and refreshments included.
  • Individual registration $ 50
  • Group registration $250
  • Those to present a paper $500
  • Tables $150 At the Dialogue Hall/field- “Locally and internationally
  • Booths $500 At the Dialogue Hall/At the Ceremony – “Locally and internationally”
  • Register for local Historical tours $ 300 per person, Group of 5 $1,000 “2nd and 3rd day”
  • Special Dinner the first day @ $60- Hosted to engage the participants to network and develop coalitions with others.
  • Participants be in attendance either first, second event or both, on the 2nd and 3rd day Historic tour open to everyone.
  • All are welcome to participate in activities, open dialogue/Forum, Performance, talks and network
  • Dateline for register – 15th May 2016 – 12.00 AM.

Special instructions for international participants, we encourages groups and individual participations by international guests.  If you will be travelling from another country to attend and you will require a VISA to enter Canada, then please read carefully the following information. Due to the VISA application process, it is recommended that you register in advance.  Invitation letters for the purpose of securing a VISA will be sent by Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) under the following conditions:  Registration is completed and paid in full. Credit Card/PayPal, Western Union and Money gram are the only payment methods accepted from international guests.  No cheques will be accepted.  Prove of Hotel reservations or alternative Lodging within Vancouver.  Please note that participants must specifically request a letter of support for a Visa application, by emailing to, before 30th of April 2017.

Cancelation policy

  1. Registration may be transferable at any time.
  2. Registration may be deferred to the following year, up until 30 days prior to the first day of the event.
  3. Cancellation request received up until 30 days prior to the event will be refundable minus $75 cancelation fee. Cancellation requests received less than 30 days will not be refundable. If fees have been paid and a Visa is required to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

If you have paid and subsequently your Visa request is denied, you may transfer your registration to next years’ event as this will be an annual event at no cost. Exceptions will be considered. All cancellation and deferred requests should be submitted to

There is much work that needs to be done in our communities; our goal is to make a major impact and progress when we meet again 2017.

Thank you for the interest to attend the Pan-Afri-Carnival 2016.  We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver.