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Origin Men take on a 3 day bike ride from London to Paris!!

May 28 2019 , Written by Caro Sika Published on #society, #afroculture, #2019

Origin Men take on a 3 day bike ride from London to Paris!!
Origin Men take on a 3 day bike ride from London to Paris!!

How impressive!!! Ten men of African and Caribbean descent, embark on a 3 day bike ride London to Paris, led by Captain Adisa Stephen-Ezeocha, with the participation of Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa and Pablo Reid who are the co- founding members of Origin and 7 Origin facilitators and volunteers, departing from London in the early hours of the morning on Friday 31st May to reach Paris on Sunday morning.
 

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Origin Men take on a 3 day bike ride from London to Paris!!

In addition to fundraising for the program « Origin », they will also pay tribute to the late American professional cyclist Martial Walter know as « Major » Taylor, who won the sprint event at the 1899 world track championships to become the first African American to achieve the level of cycling world champion and the second black athlete to win a world championship in any sport. He raced in the U.S., Europe and Australasia between 1901 and 1904, beating the world's best riders and competed several times in the « Parc des Princes », Paris. Taylor fought racial prejudice he encountered on and off the track and became a pioneering role model for other athletes facing racial discrimination.

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Origin Men take on a 3 day bike ride from London to Paris!!

« When the idea of London to Paris on a bike first came-up, I remember thinking... “damn crazy” but what I actually said was “...how about Brighton?” shared Pablo Reid on his Facebook account. Pablo Reid has got many « strings to his bow » and an impressive resume as the founder of British Cultural Archives in Brixton and as co-founder of the project Origin for which the bike ride aims to raise £6,000 and, to this day, has already exceeded its target.

 

But as Pablo explains « The whole cycling initiative started to become much more than a fundraiser […..] I started to see an opportunity to journey with the ORIGIN men, through a seriously challenging ordeal. Then I saw the question of ‘talking the talk’ or ‘walking the walk’? You know, we often say that we want young people to broaden their horizons and to come out of their comfort zones but how often do we demonstrate this in our own lives? »

 

And these men have consistently aimed to be a source of inspiration and strength to the younger generation through the Origin Project which came into being in 1999. Last year, for instance, they also succeeded in raising £13,000 against the initial target of £6,000 as they fought in « a white collar boxing » competition for which they trained for 6 months, all for the benefit of the many young men’s lives they are empowering through Origin, a Pan-Afrikan « Rites of Passage » program to take young African and Caribbean boys from childhood into manhood.

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Origin Men take on a 3 day bike ride from London to Paris!!

As these courageous and connected men engage with the young people as mentors, older brothers, fathers, they create an ecosystem involving parents and communities. The program is holistic and aim to create a nurturing, stimulating and safe environnement where both children and parents feel supported through life challenges. Origin promotes African ancestry and heritage consciousness, identity formation and community belonging. Origin doesn’t want to plug into the whole « Black youth in deficit » narrative but encourages both youth and parents to embrace personal development, explore themselves, their aspirations, lives and roles.

 

Boys preparing to pass into manhood and below Origin co-founders Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa on the left, Pablo Reid in the middle and  Adisa Stephen-Ezeocha on the right
Boys preparing to pass into manhood and below Origin co-founders Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa on the left, Pablo Reid in the middle and  Adisa Stephen-Ezeocha on the right

Boys preparing to pass into manhood and below Origin co-founders Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa on the left, Pablo Reid in the middle and Adisa Stephen-Ezeocha on the right

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Des afro-descendants parcoureront Londres - Paris en vélo en 3 jours pour une collecte de fonds pour leur association Origin

May 25 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #carosika, #société, #afroculture, #2019

Des afro-descendants parcoureront Londres - Paris en vélo en 3 jours pour une collecte de fonds pour leur association Origin
Des afro-descendants parcoureront Londres - Paris en vélo en 3 jours pour une collecte de fonds pour leur association Origin

Au départ de Londres Stockwell vendredi 31 mai 2019, 10 bénévoles de l'association panafricaine 'Origin', qui travaille avec des groupes de jeunes afro-caribéens et leurs parents chaque année pour une préparation à un rite de passage basé sur les traditions africaines afin de guider les adolescents de l'enfance au passage à la vie adulte, parcoureront plus de 300km en vélo jusqu'à Paris, entrainés par leur capitaine Adisa Stephen-Ezeocha.

Pablo Reid et deux autres collègues fondèrent il y a 20 ans Origin, désillusionnés par les contraintes du travail social avec les jeunes, oeuvrant trop souvent en isolation de leurs familles. Le programme permet d'équiper parents et enfants à transcender les barrières mentales et psychologiques dressées par leur propre éducation ou leur environnement et à s'engager positivement à contribuer à l'essor de leurs communautés. Pour ce faire, ils lèvent des fonds chaque année en relevant un défi qui témoigne de leur détermination à s'investir auprès des jeunes et à les inspirer. L'année dernière par exemple, ces hommes se sont entrainés intensivement six mois pour une compétition de boxe "White Collar Boxing" qui consiste à combattre des inconnus sur le ring.

Cette année, ils se sont inspirés du cycliste "Major" Taylor, un coureur cycliste américain qui remporte le championnat du monde professionnel de vitesse à Montréal en 1899 et qui détient sept records du monde en 1899 et fait figure de 1899 à 1904 de cycliste sur piste le plus rapide du monde. Il participera notamment à plusieurs compétitions au Parc des Princes et le groupe "Origin" s'y rendra lorsque les 10 bénévoles arriveront à Paris pour lui rendre hommage.

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Marshall Walter dit "Major" Taylor

Marshall Walter dit "Major" Taylor

Le groupe "Origin" s'est fixé le montant de £6000 sterling à collecter et a déjà réuni £7,521. Pour les soutenir et les voir de passage à Paris, cliquer les liens ci-dessous:

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CAN 2019 - Gagner des bons cadeaux en pronostiquant avec LOBBYNOIR!!

May 23 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #sport, #compétition, #afroculture, #2019, #lobbynoir

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First Panafrican Centre in Cotonou, Benin to open on 25th May 2019!!

May 5 2019 , Written by Caro Sika Published on #panafricanisme, #business, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019, #kemiseba

Two years ago, the Pan-African activist Kemi Seba, president of the NGO "Urgences Panafricanistes" launched an International Day to showcase and promote African production. See video below  (French only)

Kemi Seba is now at the initiative of the First Panafican Centre "CENTRE PANAF" to open its doors in Cotonou, Benin on Saturday 25th May 2019.

In a release on his Facebook Page, Kemi Seba expresses his joy : " I have the honour to announce to you that on 25th may 2019, the official opening of PANAF CENTRE will take place. It will be the 1st African PRODUCTION CENTRE to promote and sell local and continental products in COTONOU.

Several tens of thousands of euros were invested in this commerical space of 430m2 aiming to sell exclusively African and Afro Diasporic products, comprising of a supermarket 100% African, a RESTAURANT 100% African, a fashion BOUTIQUE 100% African (not to mention other boutiques that will open in the coming months).

It will showcase local producers, creators, patriotic entrepreneurs who are discriminated against for the benefit of foreign companies "We seek to demonstrate that entrepreunariat does not systematically rhyme with blind capitalism. On the contrary, our centre will operate within and be based upon cooperative economics".

See some photos of the centre below.

For more info about Panaf Centre: 229 97 16 6583

First Panafrican Centre in Cotonou, Benin to open on 25th May 2019!!

Several tens of thousands of euros were invested in this commerical space of 430m2 aiming to sell exclusively African and Afro Diasporic products, comprising of a supermarket 100% African, a RESTAURANT 100% African, a fashion BOUTIQUE 100% African (not to mention other boutiques that will open in the coming months).

It will showcase local producers, creators, patriotic entrepreneurs who are discriminated against for the benefit of foreign companies "We seek to demonstrate that entrepreunariat does not systematically rhyme with blind capitalism. On the contrary, our centre will operate within and be based upon cooperative economics".

See some photos of the centre below.

For more info about Panaf Centre: 229 97 16 6583

First Panafrican Centre in Cotonou, Benin to open on 25th May 2019!!
First Panafrican Centre in Cotonou, Benin to open on 25th May 2019!!
First Panafrican Centre in Cotonou, Benin to open on 25th May 2019!!
First Panafrican Centre in Cotonou, Benin to open on 25th May 2019!!
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