Awards: West African achievers recognised

Awards: West African achievers recognised

(caption for the above picture: Dennis Agelebe, President of Nigerian Canterbury Association of New Zealand, addressing the gathering)

On April 8, the West African community organised an achievers award night attended by over 50 people. Dennis Agelebe, President of Nigerian Canterbury Association of New Zealand, noted the contributions of the African community in Christchurch and New Zealand.

Jimmy Chen, Christchurch City Councillor, and Sally Pitama from Ngai Tahu, welcomed the African community to Christchurch.

"Our aim is to acknowledge West Africans living in Canterbury that have performed exceptionally well in their field. We believe that by celebrating their hard work, future generation will be inspired to aim high in their endeavours. This will also promote our image in the wider society," noted the organisers.  

 Patrick O’Connor, Director of PEETO, a multicultural learning centre based in Christchurch, presenting certificates to young children from the community  

Patrick O’Connor, Director of PEETO, a multicultural learning centre based in Christchurch, presenting certificates to young children from the community  

 The gathering was entertained by Jumo, Jennifer and Sola playing some traditional West African music

The gathering was entertained by Jumo, Jennifer and Sola playing some traditional West African music

Cartolina: Italian radio programme presented by Wilma Laryn

Cartolina: Italian radio programme presented by Wilma Laryn

Engage with us: Jimmy Chen, chair of Christchurch City Council's multicultural subcommittee

Engage with us: Jimmy Chen, chair of Christchurch City Council's multicultural subcommittee