PICTURES | Africa Day a huge success at Longford – Page 1 of 10

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Stella, Serafina, Amber and Amelia Omagbemi at Africa Day Photos: Shelley Corcoran

Longford’s Africa Day event on Saturday 21st May 2022 was the first ever in-person Africa Day celebration in the county and hundreds of Africans including children, students , young adults as well as allies were on hand to witness this historic event, which included awards for achievement in recognition of the contribution of Africans in the community, as well as allies supporting Africans in the community.

“We were honored to have special guests, our distinguished diplomats, join us in celebrating Africa Day at Longford,” said Cllr Uruemu Adejinmi.

“Another historic moment – the first time we have had ambassadors from Africa in Longford.”

Among the special guests were the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Morocco, HE Mr. Lahcen Mahraoui; Kenyan Ambassador HE Mr. Michael Mubea; Deputy Head of Missions Nigeria, Mr. Jibrila Adamu; Deputy Head of Missions Algeria, Mr. Mohamed Midou; Deputy Head of Mission South Africa, Mr. Willem Geerlings.

There was entertainment by local artists, dancers and performers including Evelyn Mensah, rappers DDOTS & DICE and Nevtunez, dancers Chocolate Barbies and singer Raymond Ansiemo.

Also during the day cultural displays and performances by the Ugandan Dance Troupe, from Dublin, and recognition from community groups in Longford and neighboring communities.

Members of the Midlands Polish Network led by President Barbara Stachowska gave presentations to visiting Ambassadors and MPs.

“I am delighted that we were able to come together and celebrate in this way after the last two years of the Covid pandemic,” said Cllr Adejinmi.

“We are grateful for Irish Aid’s support to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Longford County Council in funding this event which has helped support local businesses and artists.

“Thank you to the people of Longford and the community groups who came out to celebrate this historic day.”

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