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Africa Day!

Friday, 22 May 2009

Africa Day is being celebrated all throughout Ireland this Sunday with events taking place nationwide. Africa Day is an initiative of the African Union and celebrates African diversity and success.

Joshua Nnaemeka Amaechi (a.k.a. Dr. Rumba)
Joshua N. Amaechi (aka Dr. Rumba) is a choreographer, performer and entrepreneur, who returns to the Africa Day celebrations this year, having received a rapturous response as MC at last year's flagship event. Joshua set up his dynamic entertainment name Afrimania to perform all forms of dance and poetry with origins in Africa. Afrimania soon became an entertainment company, performing, teaching, coaching and entertaining audiences around the world for over 15 years.

Dealing with large numbers of people quickly revealed Joshua's ability to handle audiences and helped develop him as one of the most prolific masters of ceremonies (MCs) in Ireland, hosting various events around the country and throughout Europe. He is now regarded as Ireland's most popular African MC. His passion and vision also inspired and led him to establish FESTAAC (Festival of African Arts and Culture) and to organise FESTAFRIQUE, the first celebration of Africans in Ireland. He has been recognised at home and abroad for his work in embracing cultural diversities and celebrating the changing face of Ireland.

He has been named as one of the 50 most outstanding Africans in Ireland; was awarded a Salsa Ambassador Award in recognition of his dedication and contribution to Salsa music and dance at the Salsa Mambo Festival in California last year, and became the first ever Irish African to receive an Entertainment and Media Award from Planet Africa Toronto in 2005.
He is a seasoned media performer and has appeared on all major broadcast outlets in Ireland.

Ugandan Association of Ireland - Musicians
The Ugandan Association of Ireland has been in existence for 7 years. Over the last three years they have found an upsurge in members and they now have around 150 members. The majority of their members have been living in Ireland for more than 10 years.

They were heavily involved in last years Africa Day and got a great response to last year. They loved showcasing their Ugandan heritage to Irish people and are looking forward to doing it again this year. They loved last years African day. It helped them get to know more about eachother and also more about other Africans and their culture. It was also great to see how their fellow Africans have integrated themselves so well into Irish culture.

At Africa Day this Sunday the Ugandan Association of Ireland will be showcasing Ugandan food, culture and customs and will of course be doing plenty of drumming all throughout the day.

For more information about Africa Day log onto, http://africaday.irishaid.org

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