Events

Prêt-À-Poundo: Taste of Africa in NYC

Taste of Africa NYC is a networking series geared towards celebrating the best of Pan-African culture. The event comes to New York November 15, 2012.


Nigeria's Akin Akinsanya is the driving force behind Panla, a full service catering and events company that specializes in contemporary international cuisine. He's set up "Taste of Africa" as a networking series geared towards celebrating the best of Pan-African culture. Serving as your passport to an African experience in New York City, attendees will sample various traditional foods from all parts of Africa while DJs spin hits and classics spanning afrobeat, azonto, afro-aoul, highlife, makossa and more.

Participating restaurants/vendors include Panla (catering food from various parts of Africa including West Africa) Queen of Sheba (Ethiopian Restaurant), Madiba ( South African-inspired cuisine), Le Souk Harem (Moroccan/Mediterranean cuisine), New York's own Cake Man Raven (best red velvet cake you ever had). In addition to food, this installment of A Taste of Africa will feature performances by No Small Money (playing some classic highlife tunes), Perfecta Ekpo and a duet by Kaleta of Zozo Afrobeats and Onyinye.

Come get your share of jollof rice, yassa, suya, injera, missir wett, bobotie, couscous, moi moi, and much more! Panla will also be bringing African fashion into the mix as their hostesses will be wearing modern African designs as they interact with the guests. A portion of the proceeds for this installment of A Taste of Africa will benefit The Southern Sudan Initiatives.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15th from 6pm to 12am.

WHERETaj Lounge, 48 West 21st St between 5th & 6th Avenues

Interview
Photo by Trevor Stuurman.

Interview: Thando Hopa Never Anticipated Acceptance in the Industry—She Anticipated a Fight

We speak to the South African lawyer, model, actress and activist about her historic Vogue cover, stereotypes imposed on people living with albinism and her work with human interest stories about vulnerable groups as a WEF fellow.

Vogue Portugal's April edition was a moment that caused everyone to hold their breath collectively. For the first time ever, a woman living with albinism was featured on the cover of the magazine in a sublime and timeless manner. Thando Hopa, a South African lawyer, model, actress and activist was the woman behind this historic first. It was not just a personal win for Hopa, but a victory for a community that continues to be underrepresented, stigmatised and even harmed for a condition outside of their control, particularly in Africa.

At just 31, the multi-hyphenate Hopa is a force to be reckoned with across different spaces. Through her considerable advocacy work as an activist, Hopa has and continues to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about people living with albinism as well as changing what complex representation looks like within mainstream media. In 2018, Hopa was named the one of the world's 100 most influential women by the BBC. After hanging up her gown as a legal prosecutor after four years of working with victims of sexual assault, Hopa is on a mission to change skewed perceptions and prejudices when it comes to standards of beauty.

As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is also working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups. The fellowship programme prepares individuals for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society.

OkayAfrica recently spoke to Hopa to find out about how it felt to be the first woman with albinism to be featured on Vogue, the current projects she's working on and what's in the pipeline for her.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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