For migrants, integration is more than just learning how to speak English, getting indefinite leave to remain, or making friends in the UK. Integration is about achieving a balance between your native and British culture which does not create an identity crisis. It is having friends and a community. Therefore, we frequently of attend and support community events and collaborate with external projects and organisations. If you are running an event and would like us to attend, please contact Last: L.Mafuba@inini.co.uk.
Rising Global Peace Forum
Umoja at the Belgrade Theatre
On Saturday the 23rd of October 2021, Inini and CARAG performed umoja, for unity in the community, at the Belgrade Theatre. The group performed original songs, spoken word and poetry. We were joined by Zimba reMabwa who performed traditional Zimbabwean music. Thank you to everyone who performed and to those who came to support us. Special thanks to the team at the Belgrade Theatre for helping us at every step of the way! Have a look at our Instagram account to see videos of the performance.
On Monday, 18th October 2021, Last went to Lisbon, Portugal for the 3rd European Policy Dialogue Forum on Refugees and Migrants – Fostering social inclusion and enhancing the participation of refugees and migrants in host communities. It was led by the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).
The forum brought together religious leaders, academics, organisations that work with refugees and policymakers to establish and strengthen channels of communication, identify opportunities to support and cooperate, and develop recommendations for policy.
We are pleased to announce that we our book club is running again. The Sango Nini book club is run in collaboration with Building Our Own Knowledge (B.O.O.K) and is being funded by the National Lottery Fund. Each session, we read literature written by black authors that are focused on healing processes. We also be looking at a children’s book.
We will are meeting once a month at the ININI office from 14:00 – 15:00 PM. Please contact Olugbemi on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like some more information.
– Saturday 12th December 2021
– Saturday 15th January 2022
– Saturday 12th February 2022
– Saturday 12th March 2022
– Saturday 16th April 2022
– Saturday 21st May 2022
– Saturday 11th June 2022
– Saturday 16th July 2022
On Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of October 2021, the Walking Forest group walked around Coventry City Centre carrying a felled tree.
Olugbemi met them at Greyfriars Green to deliver a poem about Mother Nature which explored climate change and the damage that it is causing. In the afternoon, Last welcomed the group to Shelton Square, and talked to members of the public about about climate change.
On Monday 12th October 2021, Inini attended the 2nd Arts and Homelessness International Summit. Last spoken in a panel about intersectionality and homelessness.
In October 2021, the City of Culture Trust launched the Try It programme. The programme consists of introductory classes for a range of activities. This includes yoga, bhangra and cooking.
Last is facilitating cooking sessions as part of the Try it programme. She is working in collaboration with Alex Johnson, a local writer. Each week, someone cooks a traditional recipe from their culture and their stories around the dish. The sessions run each week on a Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Friends Meeting House. The sessions will finish in December 2021. To book tickets, see: https://coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/try-it-telling-my-story-with-food/
On Saturday 25th September 2021, Inini and CARAG joined Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre to celebrate refugee week. Performing Arts UK performed music and we danced along. We performed poetry and about our experiences. If you would like to see videos of the performance, please look at our Instagram page.