Ilford show tells a tale of African traditions

A lively theatrical production based on the testimony of first, second and third generation Africans in east London came to Ilford on Saturday.

The Iroko Theatre Company staged a show as part of their Iye Aja (Umbilical Cord) Project at the Cardinal Heenan Centre in High Road, Ilford.

The project, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, examines the struggles of African people to marry English culture with the traditions of their ancestors, according to co-ordinator Carol Edozie.

Ms Edozie said: “It showcases and celebrates how Africans are managing to retain the customs and values of their forbears whilst also adapting them to suit living in the UK.”

The show used dance, drumming and masquerade to tell the story of an African chief who dies in London.


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His clan people want to take him back to his birth country against the wishes of his family.

The company holds regular events in Redbridge libraries and will visit Gants Hill Library, Cranbrook Road, on April 12 for a family fun day.

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