by Tyrique Da Bomb 411 February 2, 2019


Learning. Unity. Reflection. Change.

African Heritage Month is a time to share in cultural expression, celebration, and discussion; and to create new stories to carry forward together.

Below is a sneak peek of just some of the outstanding events taking place throughout Nova Scotia to celebrate 2019 African Heritage Month. Scroll down, find the events that speak to you and Mark Your Calendar!


Workshop: African Drumming

Join members of Drummers from Home for an interactive workshop that explores the stories and rhythms of African drums.

  • Upper Musquodoboit Consolidated School- Wednesday, February 6th @ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Captain William Spry Public Library- Saturday, February 9th @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


 A Celebration in Song: Nova Scotia Mass Choir

An evening of uplifting music performed by this award-winning, multicultural, community gospel choir that is marking its 27th year of singing for racial harmony and peace.

  • Central Library – Paul O’Regan Hall, Wednesday, February 6th @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Halifax Public Libraries have African Heritage Month events for all ages: Adult | All Ages | Kids | Preschoolers | Teens

Check event listings for appropriate age requirements to attend events.


Mancala: A Classic African Board Game

In this strategy-based board game, opponents try to capture each other’s collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics.

Versions of this seed-sowing board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò.

  • Halifax North Memorial Public Library – Thursday, February 7th @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm All Ages – Registration Required.


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Live Performance: Amadou Kienou & the Djeli Sira

True to its name, Djeli Sira preserves the roots of the Malinke griot tradition. Through music, voice, and dance they express the profound emotions associated with ancient traditions.

  • Cole Harbour Public Library- Saturday February 9th @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Keshen Goodman Public Library- Saturday, February 9th @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


 Tracing My Roots to the Black Loyalists

In memory of his grandfather, the late Sgt. George “Buster” Barton (1917-1995), Mr. Allister Barton traced his family tree to the Black Pioneers Corps (a non-combat military group during the American War of Independence), and Black Loyalists of Brinley Town (a former Black settlement in Digby, NS).

Join the journey of his Barton lineage and explore a 250-year-old mystery that will bring Allister’s family tree to life.

  • Sackville Public Library – Saturday February 9th @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Adults


African Heritage Month Youth Quiz:

Cheer on Grades 7-9 students from local junior high schools as they compete in an annual tradition. This game show style quiz tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture.

  • Halifax Preliminary Rounds  – Halifax North Memorial Public Library – Thursday, February 14th @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Snow Date: Thursday, February 21, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
  • Dartmouth Preliminary Rounds – Cole Harbour Public Library – Tuesday, February 26th @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – All Ages. Snow Date: Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • African Heritage Month Youth Quiz Finals – Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Halifax North Memorial Public Library


Sharing Our Journeys: Being Black & Gay in Atlantic Canada

Our panel of community members share their powerful and personal experiences of living in both the Black and Gay communities but not necessarily “belonging” in either. The challenges they have faced and overcome will be both moving and inspiring.

  • Central Library – Saturday February 16th @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm



Thank you Halifax Public Libraries for promoting the Turning Passion Into A Profession event. CLICK HERE – TO CHECK OUT MORE GREAT EVENTS ON THEIR WEBSITE!

Dead or Alive: Black Activism in Nova Scotia

Is activism in the African Nova Scotian community dead or has it taken on a different form in the new millennium?

A panel discussion will explore the historical and current state of activism in the African Nova Scotian community.

  • Halifax North Memorial Public Library – Wednesday, February 20th @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Adults


Young Gifted and Black

Youth Music Showcase – Hosted by Zamani and Amariah. Featuring Andina Fraser, Jody Upshaw and Sophia Starr.

  • Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill, Halifax WaterFront –  Saturday, February 16th @ 4:30 – 7:30 pm – Admission FREE


The Objective Presents: Nova Scotia’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

Join us for a gritty, documentary-style investigation exposing the impacts of the school-to-prison pipeline on Black lives.

Journalists, Tundè Balogun, and Sandra Hannebohm follow the path of the pipeline from public school to employment, gentrification, and government.

  • Cole Harbour Public Library- Tuesday, February 19th @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Adults
  • Halifax North Memorial Public Library- Thursday, February 21st @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Adults


Turning Passion Into A Profession 

This special event for students with African and Indigenous heritage in Grades 8-12 will be a powerful, interactive and innovative session designed to empower, enhance, engage and inspire.

Youth will be able to engage with successful African Nova Scotian entrepreneurs to hear their journeys to success. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

In addition, students will develop critical networking skills to help nurture their career needs and lead them to become agents of positive change.

Keynote Speaker:  

  • Jessica Bowden, M.S.M, creator of Teens Now Talk, founder of the Passport 2 Youth-Success XPO and award-winning entrepreneur and inspirational speaker.

Special Guests:

  • Councillor Lindell Smith. Halifax’s first Black Councillor
  • Corey Writes. Songwriter and triple threat performer
  • Dr. Henry Annan. Paediatrics resident at IWK Health Centre
  • Jaleesa Tolliver. Dartmouth High School student delegate to National Student Commonwealth Forum
  • Dr. Olugu Ukpai. Founder of Halifax Multicultural Drummers

Central Library – Friday, February 22nd @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Paul O’Regan Hall – Teens -Registration Required. FULL


On behalf of the Teens Now Talk team, we want to Thank the African Nova Scotian Directory  – https://www.ansd.ca  for promoting OUR event,  Turning Passion Into A Profession event on your website.. CLICK HERE – TO CHECK OUT MORE GREAT EVENTS ON THEIR WEBSITE!


902ManUp Presents: Kitchen Conversation

Join 902ManUp as they facilitate a community “kitchen conversation” centered around the personal stories of family, friends, and community members who were influenced by the late Burnley “Rocky” Jones.

  • Halifax North Memorial Public Library – Monday, February 25th @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Terry Symonds Auditorium – Adults


Africville with Shauntay Grant

Join award-winning children’s author Shauntay Grant as she shares her picture book, AfricvilleThe book was a finalist for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award and a collaboration with illustrator, Eva Campbell.

Grant will talk about the making of the book and discuss the past and present of this historic community with former Africville residents.

Light refreshments will be provided. Halifax North Memorial Public Library – Wednesday, February 27th @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Book Launch: “R” is for Reparations

Book signing and excited to launch our children’s A-B -C book, “R is for Reparations” Be there to see the results of our book-in-a-day venture that was created last year during African Heritage Month at Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Join the Global Afrikan Congress – Nova Scotia Chapter and Halifax’s youth authors as they unveil and read from the first ever children’s book on Reparations for Afrikan people.

  • Halifax North Memorial Library, Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM.


Celebration & Tribute to Our Community’s Youth

Please join the Halifax Community Investment Fund to celebrate our young leaders and speak with organizations that support youth in our community.

  • Halifax North Memorial Public Library – Thursday, February 28th @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Terry Symonds Auditorium All Ages | Teens


Celebrating Maxine Tynes: The Power of Poetry

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and invite you to join us in recognizing and celebrating the work of Maxine Tynes through her poetry and performances by contemporary spoken word artists. We will share stories of Maxine’s impact on her students and colleagues and learn about her life story.  Moderated by journalist and biographer Evelyn White, our evening of performances will feature:

  • Dr. Afua Cooper, HRM Poet Laureate
  • Marjorie Stone
  • Lindsay Ruck
  • Guyleigh Johnson
  • Abena Beloved Green
  • Andre Fenton

Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute – Thursday, February 28th @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Adults. To register – e-mail contact@nulldbdl.ca 

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