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Empowering African Families in London #AFRUCA summit

AFRUCA Summit on African Families in London

Supporting Parents, Protecting Children

Date: Saturday, 12th October 2013

Time: 9:30am-5:30pm

Venue: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street London, WC1N 1HT

Event Host: Vuyiswa Ngqobongwana, Presenter: Africa Today on Press TV

Convenor: Modupe Debbie Ariyo OBE, Founder of AFRUCA

Keynote Speakers: To be confirmed

Special Guests of Honour:

Richard Taylor OBE, Chair, Damilola Taylor Foundation

Muzvare Betty Makoni, CNN World Hero

Special Performances:

Poetry by George the Poet (

Stand up Comedy by Eddie Kadi (to be confirmed)

African Dance by Ethiopian Dance Troupe

Summit Aims and Objectives

This major event is being held by AFRUCA in collaboration with other community organisations to explore many of the issues and challenges experienced by African parents and their children with a view to generating ideas and solutions to help combat the problems. This event aims to empower families and communities to take ownership of the myriad of problems confronting them to be better able to protect children and support parents.

Participants will spend the day sharing knowledge, ideas and professing solutions to help support families who are facing challenges leading to conflict with their children and with the law.

We expect this event to be over-subscribed. Please register your place here now to avoid any disappointment.

Summit Format

This free, one day event will be in the form of plenary and workshop sessions. Many community organisations working on different issues are also exhibiting at this event. They will be on hand to take referrals from parents, young people and others who require help and support in different areas.

Themes of this Summit

Themes will be explored through six different workshops. Participants will be able to attend at least four workshops. Workshop registration will take place on the day of the event.

Workshop One: Young Africans, Gangs, Gun and Knife Crime and the Criminal Justice System (Chair Melyvn Davies, Boys to Men Network)

Workshop Two: Addressing Conflict Between the Generations: An Integenerational Meeting between Parents and Young people (Co-Chairs: Pauline Long of The Pauline Long Show on BEN  TV and Kevani Kanda, BBC 3 Presenter)

Workshop Three: Domestic Violence in African Families (Chair: Councillor Tinuke Adebutu-Kensington, Waltham Forest)

Workshop Four: Child Protection, Safeguarding and Physical Chastisement in African Families (Chair: Prospera Tedam, Chair of AFRUCA)

Workshop Five: Mental Health of African Parents and their Children (Chair to be confirmed)

Workshop Six: Educational Attainment and School Exclusions (Chair Patricia Lamour, Director Aspire Education Group)

Workshop Presenters:

The following individuals and organisations are presenting papers at the Workshops above:

  1. Workshop One: Jane Ayoade, TV Producer; Hard Talking Ex-Cons; Operation Trident (to be confirmed)

  2. Workshop Two: Miss Congo UK 2013, Councillor Jumoke Fajana (Hackney), Romain Matondo Congo Empact.

  3. Workshop Three: Nola Saunders, Domestic Violence and MARAC Co-ordinator, London Borough of Bexley

  4. Workshop Four: AFRUCA – Iro Emopkae, Project Co-ordinator, Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, DC Sarah Wood, Sexual Offences, Exploitaion and Child Abuse Command, Metropolitan Police Service

  5. Workshop Five: , Child and Adolescence Mental Health Service

  6. Workshop Six: Paulette Douglas, Community Empowerment Network; Nia Imara, National Association of Black Supplementary Schools (NABSS), Phinnah Ikeji, Parents of Black UK Pupils

Lunch, Refreshments and Child Care

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event. There is very limited child care facility in place. Parents who would require child care must contact us separately to arrange. Email for this.


This is a free event. Registration is however compulsory. Those attending must register to attend. To register, please click here:

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