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MY CULTURE, MY HERITAGE: GELE (HEADWRAP), THE BEAUTY OF A WONDERFULLY MADE WOMAN
Black history month event held on Saturday the 26th of October, 2019
Showcasing Nigerian heritage, Mum and daughter gele catwalk and exhibition, Niger Delta dance, children's gele exhibition, Storytelling.
The event was well attended by The Lord Mayor of Manchester; Councillor Abid Latif Chohan, Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL; Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Amna Abdul; Councillor for Ardwick and Atiha Chaudry DL; Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and Chair of Manchester BME network , Abbey Gele; Professional Gele expert who taught us how to tie gele(headwrap), Chief Kemi Osikoya and Temitope Onayo discussed the history of gele and why it is important for Nigerians in the UK to preserve our heritage. We had 105 people in attendance.
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We also had our volunteers from Manchester Metropolitan university , physiology department who displayed their gele during the exhibition.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION
Sunday the 8th Of March 2020
We were privileged to have the Deputy Lieutenant; Melanie Brayan OBE, who came to represent the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester; Sir Warren Smith KCVO KStJ JP, The Mayor of Tameside; Councillor Leigh Drennan, Community leaders and Beth Penfold in attendance.
It was a family event, with 158 people in attendance. It was a fun filled event, sharing our gele heritage through storytelling, cultural dance by the Niger Delta dance troupe, The Beejs heritage cultural dance troupe , women gele exhibition, mother and daughter catwalk .
11th September, 2019
Wonderfully Made Woman secures National Lottery support to explore stories of head wraps. My culture, my heritage: Gele the beauty of a Wonderfully Made Woman.
Wonderfully made woman has received a £9,700 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to raise heritage awareness of the traditional Nigerian head wrap, or gele.
The ten-month-long project will run until May 2020 and aims to teach skills and increase awareness among the diaspora through various activities. A storytelling session will educate the wider community in Manchester about the heritage of the head wraps. In honour of Black History Month, there will be an exhibition in October. In March, International Women’s Day is celebration.
The word gele comes from Yoruba, one of the many languages in Nigeria, and it’s now commonly used to refer to head wrap. The traditional scarf is used as an ornament for women across Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
The wide-ranging colours of the fabric are said to bring out the beauty of the woman who wears it , a must-have in the wardrobe of a ‘true’ Nigerian woman. Gele is commonly used in weddings, birthdays, churches, mosques and festivals.
These head wraps are held in high regard and can be passed down through generations as inheritance, especially if they have been worn during a special occasion.
Ehinor Otaigbe, CEO of Wonderfully Made Woman, said: “ I am pleased that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is giving us the opportunity to explore and share our cultural heritage with a wider audience.”
Wonderfully Made Woman provides invaluable assistance to women from ethnic minority communities, some of whom are survivors of domestic abuse in the UK or back in their home countries before migrating to the UK. The organisation helps them break cultural barriers and come out of isolation through these sessions, enabling them to lead healthier and more active lives.
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