By the editor: Simba Smp

As the year comes to its end it is once again time for family gatherings, entertainment, celebrations, reflections and excitement for most people. In the same line of thought, Black African Women Rock (BAWR) organisation is also excited to bring all that and a whole lot more as they host their third annual awards ceremony (3rd December 2016) in Woking. This annual awards ceremony is increasingly becoming a permanent fixture on the calendar for the UK’s black community. Though it is open to everyone, it is  particularly a vehicle of great significance to the empowerment of black women. For the interest of those who have never attended or those who might have a few unanswered questions, lets take a quick analysis of what this organisation is all about and what are its objectives.

First of all, one of the most striking things about this trendsetting organisation comes from the name itself.. Black African Women Rock (BAWR)!! Many questions have been asked: Is this a racist organisation? Is it only for people from Africa?, Is it for black people, etc.. Indeed, the name Black African Women Rock (BAWR) can be easily misinterpreted as implying a racist agenda but far from it, the truth of the matter is that it is simply a positive platform that uplifts an undermined community and there is a lot more positives to be derived from it.

In a nutshell, BAWR is there to encourage, educate, motivate and inspire all women who have black African roots, regardless of where they were born or live. A point to note is that the term Black African should not be exclusively limited to mean just people born in Africa, but rather it should mean all people of black African origin and yes that includes the Caribbean section. With due respect to women from other races, facts on the ground prove that Black African women face so many more challenges that are unique to them so the BAWR platform is there to try and uplift them. According to the CEO and founder Lindani Moyo, BAWR takes pride in making sure that “the young generation are inspired to come out of their shells because they are the future”. In other words, the idea is to try and help the young ones to blossom like the red rose, which is the emblem of BAWR on their logo.

Interestingly Lindani Moyo asserts that, “the journey has only just begun, there is a lot to come..”. Indeed since its inception in 2013, based on attendance figures and demand for tickets in advance, statistics show that BAWR’s popularity has sowed remarkably.  Feedbacks and ever increasing followers also suggest that BAWR has grown from strength to strength annually and surely this year wont be no different. Apparently there has been a rebranding exercise, new innovative ideas introduced and a strengthening of the boardroom team behind the scenes. One of the highlights of this year’s event includes the unveiling of BAWR’s new look powerful team plus the showcasing of their initiatives on the ground. But before I let the cat out of the bag, I would like to urge those who are still curious about BAWR’s agenda to come and witness a clearer picture at this year’s eagerly awaited event.   

Those who have attended BAWR’s past events bear testimony to the unforgettable inspiration that fills out the event room, empowerment ideas, exhilarating entertainment and food, the amazing networking opportunities and a wonderful vibe that comes on the day. As has become the norm, BAWR have not left any stone unturned as they try to raise the bar higher, so their latest rebranding exercise promises to make the 2016 edition a much more enthralling experience.

In future articles this column will go deeper into breaking the misconceptions about the African and present day Caribbean people.

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