African Eloquence Youth Celebration - African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI)
The vision of the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI) is African heritage community capacity building, and it is AHAVI’s mission to accomplish this vision through connecting all Africans, people of African descent and friends of Africa with each other as the rest of cultural communities on Vancouver Island.
Prior to 2004, there was no association unifying and/integrating all the African heritage groups in Victoria and other locations on Vancouver Island. As a result, Africans and people of African descent did not have a strong community voice and capacity in the Communities of Vancouver Island.
Whenever a group of Africans (African Cultural Association; Kenyan, Ethiopian, Somali, Eritrean, Congolese, Zimbabwean, Mozambican, Malawian, South African, Ghanaian, Liberian, Sierra Leonean, Nigerian, Rwandese, etc.) and people of African descent (Black History Awareness Society, Caribbean groups) met they expressed the need for such a unifying organization.
To meet this need, in 2004 the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI) was formed as a non-profit organization to build a united and strong community by co-operatively organizing, and supporting events and activities to meet the needs of Africans, people of African descent, and friends of Africa on Vancouver Island.
In March 2004, Kade Hardy in collaboration with the Youth Millennium Project organized the first African Eloquence competition in Vancouver, BC, held at the UBC Museum of Anthropology in support of peace. African Eloquence is a friendly competition among African youth which includes presentations, exhibitions of African talent, art, costumes, dancing, drumming, recitals and others. It is designed to promote African youth by helping them build self-esteem, self-confidence and eloquence. Kade continues to host events to create opportunities for African youth that allows them to showcase their talents, intelligence and gain recognition from their peers.
African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island