First Swahili Community Day in Vancouver
This photo is of the Vancouver Lookout located on Hastings Street and Seymour in downtown Vancouver. It is the place I went to with my friend a few weeks ago after our Harbour Cruise but I didn't take any photos from the top .
Vancouver's Mayor, Gregor Robertson, proclaimed the week of June 22, 2018 as Swahili Community Day. The inaugural celebration of this event took place on Friday evening at the Jambo Grill, an African Indian Restaurant on Kingsway Street in Vancouver.
It was a fabulous and fun celebration with music and live entertainment provided by the terrific Kurai blessing Mubaiwa, cultural ambassador from Zimbabwe (now living in Vancouver).
Raffle tickets were sold for various prizes such as food gift certificates from Kenya Food and Spices and meals from Jambo Grill. Topping it off was the big prize for a return trip to Africa through the generosity of Kenyan Airways. Sadly I was not the winner of the trip to Africa but I'm sure the winner will enjoy it very much.
Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa is also the lead vocalist in the group, Zimbamoto which will be playing at this year's African Descent Festival. Check out the schedule African Descent Festival 2018. It looks likes many fabulous entertainers will be there.
I had fun attending this event with some of my Tanzanian friends. The event is meant to bring together all Swahili speaking peoples in the Lower Mainland ensure a sense of cultural and linguistic continuity from the motherland to Canada. At this event there were a lot of Burundians and some Tanzanians. In future I hope to see more people from Kenya join in the event.
Joining in with
Great picture of the tiger at the entrance to the grill.
Happy Day to you,
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By the way, I may not be commenting as often for the next few weeks since I will have my in-laws visiting from the UK. We are going to have a great time!