French speaking, African and British: Francophone perspectives on Migration
Migreat invites you to a panel discussion and workshop on the cultural integration of Francophone African communities in London and the UK. The event will be held on Saturday November 28th, 2015 at Migreat’s premises at 18 East Tenter Street, Aldgate, London.
Booking and Full Details: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/french-speaking-african-and-british-francophone-perspectives-on-migration-tickets-19116412705
Join us at Migreat Africans as we discuss, celebrate and share migrant stories and perspectives from London’s diverse Francophone community. Many Londoners are unaware of the growing African communities from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Congo, Gabon and other French speaking nations. Furthermore, with quite a few French speaking Africans from Anglophone countries added to the equation – this looks set to be an interesting day.
A) Are French speaking African countries and communities under-represented within British Media?
(Many will say it is no ‘wrong assumption’ that Francophone countries and communities are barely known within Britain. Is it due to the UK’s colonial past and preference of commonwealth African states, the common ‘hard to reach communities’ tags or other reasons?)
- Jean Pierre – Journalist and Media professional at Chez Okabol
- Rene Bissohong – Journalist and Filmaker, Vox Africa Media
- Michael Otadende – Founder of Young, Professional and Congolese Society
B) Migration Stories: Does speaking a new language change our attitudes towards integration, identity and belonging?
(Modern migrants need not lose contact with their old homes; they can keep old ties refreshed; and families can span the globe. Children are schooled for periods abroad and migrants live across multiple worlds – what role does language play in this process?)
- Helene Suana – Francophone Project Coordinater, Founder of Children of Congo Foundation
- Khadim Samb, Co-Founder of Senegalese restaurant and music bar, Little Boabab
- Zita Wilks, Eco-Tourism and Global Marketing Specialist, Gabonese Community in the UK
Introduction: Registration and Welcome
Panel A: Talk and Discussion
Short Film Screening from Africa Probe: French Africans and Diaspora Life in Britain and France
Panel B: Talk and Discussion
Lunch, Refreshments and Drinks
Workshop: Thinking Drums Exercise
Networking and Close
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