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    Heartbeat of Africa


    Heartbeat of Africa project will provide a better understanding to the deep rooted culture and traditions of the ‘West African’ countries. The programme will showcase artefacts, pictures and interviews of West African families to inform the public of various African customs and traditions and how families live in our communities today.

    West African Development Project ‘Heartbeat of Africa’ wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

    West African Development has received (£48,000) grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a cultural project (Heartbeat of Africa) which will be run Tameside in 2015-2016. The project will be run by volunteers from the local community.


    The project will enable the local community to be informed and educated around the customs and traditions of the West African Community. The outcomes of the programme will enable communities to be more knowledgeable about the African way of life through events and workshops that we will be running throughout the course of the 18 month programme. Exhibitions and events will showcase some of the learning and provide further information on the roots of West African origins.

    The Heartbeat of Africa project will enable young people develop skills and learning through participating in our programme of activities. The project exhibition will be created for future use by other partners to enable our heritage to be remembered in our area for future generations.

    Alade Sanni, Chair of West African Development commented ‘We are really excited to be delivering this project, Just like our traditions are customs runs through our veins to make our heartbeat, we want our communities to hear the sound of the ‘Heartbeat of Africa’.


    Notes to editors

    West African Development

    West African Development was set up in 2005 and has been a registered charity since 2009. We are based in Tameside in the North West. The West African Development (WAD) group seeks to support all communities. We were set up to work with those of West African origin, but not exclusively and over time our membership has widened and we work with the local community form all backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to integrate people from different backgrounds and minority ethnic groups to break social barriers improve the quality of life and raise people’s self-esteem by organising meetings and activities such as cultural and educational events such dancing and drumming and sporting and arts activities for all the community and provide information on training, health and social care, crime reduction, employment, benefit advice and volunteering opportunities. Participating in and making links with appropriate partners/networks within Tameside and regionally and nationally to ensure that black and minority ethnic people and refugees and asylum seekers to have a voice.


    About the Heritage Lottery Fund

    From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.


    Further information

    For further information, images and interviews please contact Alade Sanni at West African Development on (07754 715849 or



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