Panel members: Angelina Namiba and Manchester based contributors: Rev. Jide Macaulay, Adela Mugabo, Michelle Croston and Priscilla Nkwenti.

In a vibrant celebration of African heritage and resilience, George House Trust played host to the Manchester launch of “Our Stories Told by Us.” This groundbreaking book, a powerful testament to the significant African contribution to the UK HIV response, was unveiled amidst an atmosphere of cultural richness and unity.

Event Highlights:

Attendees were treated to an enriching experience that went beyond the pages of the book. The event was a sensory delight, featuring a delectable spread of authentic African cuisine, filling the air with tantalizing aromas and flavours. The rhythmic beats of African music and drumming reverberated through the venue, creating an ambiance of celebration and togetherness.

African Drumming

African drummer group Tanante

Adela Mugabo holding a shekere
Adela Mugabo holding a shekere – a traditional African instrument

Renowned Speakers and Black HIV Activists

The evening was illuminated by insightful speeches from esteemed Black HIV activists, who shared their perspectives, experiences, and visions for the future. Their words resonated with the audience, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the African community’s vital role in the UK’s HIV response. These voices inspired attendees, reminding them of the enduring strength and unity within the community.

The event was a celebration of culture, resilience, and shared history. Through vibrant music, delicious cuisine, and inspiring speeches, the event served as a powerful reminder of the African contribution to the UK HIV response. As attendees left, they carried with them not only a copy of the book but also a renewed sense of pride and awareness, strengthening the bonds of solidarity within the community.