The African Peace Festival has been going on every year for the past four years, and for some strange reason, Iâ€™d never heard of it until recently. What kind of African am I?
As luck would have it, I met one of the performers weeks earlier at the jazz festival who promised itâ€™ll be fun.
The festival is organized by the African Peace Forum Society to raise funds â€˜for a grassroots humanitarian project in Africa which is selected annuallyâ€™.
This yearâ€™s festival was held at the Roundhouse Community Centre on the 18th of July. I went there not exactly sure what to expect.
I imagined a peace festival would be a conference style sort of atmosphere with workshops and possibly breakout sessions where thereâ€™ll be lots of vague talk about how to bring peace to â€˜Africaâ€™. This isnâ€™t exactly how I wanted to spend my Saturday afternoon.
Thankfully, it wasnâ€™t anything like I imagined. It was a market place with a performance stage and seating area in the middle. I really liked the set up because I could browse, watch and listen to the performances too.
The market place featured an array of interesting vendors;
Afri-Pads is a Ugandan based organization that sews and distributes washable menstrual pads to girls in rural Uganda â€“ itâ€™s such an exceptional enterprise.
Performances included a poetry slam, musical acts and an acrobat dancer. Saw the Raging Grannies!
Unfortunately, I couldnâ€™t stay for the whole event because I had to be at the Folk Festival.
It wasÂ overall great fun; Iâ€™m glad I was there,Â saw some old friendly faces and discovered new ones.