Speak out Sisters (SoS) TT hosted its fourth Emancipation Gala, on July 21, at the Creative Arts Centre, San Fernando. Themed Girot (Telling the African Story), the event featured with performances by the Chaguanas Women & Youth Group, doing dance and drumology; a Capoeira display; conscious lyricist Nerukhi; Spoken Word artiste Empress Light; story-telling by Auntie Thea; and a fashion segment showcasing the creations of Loud by Afiya, Okera Designs and Josephine Hayford of Aftrin Products.
The evening’s programmes was hosted by Charles Arnold.
SoS TT founder and president Onika Nkrumah-Lakhan, a writer and book editor, said that the organisation was formed “to empower women and provide a platform whereby we can share our stories and uplift and inspire our communities.” She added: “SoS TT has a number of platforms that we use to accomplished out mission. Beside our crowning jewel, the Emancipation Gala, we host a motivational talk series, the most recent featuring US-based author Annmarie Fraser who wrote a book (Common Sense Cancer) chronicling her battle with a rare form of breast cancer.
“The next woman-story to be featured will be a domestic violence survivor.”
SoS TT also runs a series of etiquette and empowerment camps for youth, and recently conducted a Emancipation Awareness Programme at the San Fernando Boys’ Government School. This was held in collaboration with their PTA.
Nkrumah-Lakhan continued: “We are the most popular and fastest growing Emancipation event in the city of San Fernando. We view our event as not just a festivity but as a permanent fixture on the San Fernando calendar. Our Emancipation Gala can be marketed to both domestic and international tourists, provided we get adequate financial assistance from corporate sponsors.”
Nkrumah-Lakhan didn’t forget to express profound thanks for the corporate entities which supported SoS TT’s Emancipation Gala this year. They include FCB, Bmobile, Republic Bank, Communication Workers Union, Petrotrin, Phoenix Park Gas Processors, Jordan Print and Screentex Ltd.
SoS TT has opened its doors to the wider community and interested individuals, seeking more information. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.