How liberating it is to see an idea manifest. That is exactly what happened with the High Tea Social our organization(SLYA) had on November 19, 2016.
Sierra Leone Youth Association supported by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Art Place hosted its First Annual ‘My Enkincha Story’: High Tea Empowerment Social Event. We invited young ladies in the Philadelphia area to join us in the beautiful Bartram Gardens.
The idea was to mesh a British inspired high tea social (reflecting on Sierra Leone’s colonial past) with the vibrancy influence of West Africa culture(Picture an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with an ‘Afro Luxe’ twist). It was the first of its kind in Philly and it was so adorable! We did a toast to “girl power” with sparkling cider to start off the event, we served a selection of contemporary Sierra Leone themed savories and served doses of empowerment throughout the event. In addition, we asked everyone to dress Smart Casual with an Enkincha (African Head Tie). To close off the event we had the lovely Bintu Kabba speak to the women about the importance of giving back to Home(Africa).
Here are some pictures to recap:
We did a Mini Workshop called"Talk Behind your back", everyone went behind each other's back to say nice things.
And we also had a photo shoot for the ladies to flaunt their "Enkincha's"
Background to the Enkincha: The Africa woman head-wrap holds a distinctive position in the history of African dress both for its longevity and for its potent significations. It endured colonialism and never passed out of fashion. It represents far more than a piece of fabric wound around the head. African women wear the head-wrap as a queen might wear a crown.
The young women left the event feeling so empowered and of course excited for next year.