Ujima Presents HairStories 2016

Let’s Create History Through Our HairStories!

HairStories will coincide with Black History Month, and will take place on Saturday 29th October 2016 at the City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London. HairStories seeks to celebrate African hair through the ages and the importance of African heritage. The event is designed to impart knowledge through a range of workshops and interactive activities covering hair, holistic health and the African experience.

HairStories is presented to you by Ujima (formely know as United Kurls). Named Ujima as their organizational ethos is guided by the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). Founded by Katrina Emmanuel (Mane Divas), Merissa Hylton (Sankofa Creative Co.) and Belinda Raji (BEUNIQUE Hair Care).
The trio state:

“We aim to be about much more than just hair and hair products. We seek to bring African centred businesses together for the betterment of the community and the celebration of African Culture.”

Belinda Raji says: “Hair Stories, through personal anecdotes, artistic imagery and interactive workshops seeks to celebrate African hair, the importance of African heritage and the multitude of varied hair journeys that exist.”

HairStories has an impressive list of facilitators delivering informative and interactive workshops. Vicki Igbokwe, Creative Director, founder of Uchenna Dance and Empowerment Specialist will be delivering an empowerment workshop along with dancers from her upcoming show The Headwrap Dairies.


Artist and illustrator Merissa Hylton (Sankofa Creative Co.) will be encouraging children to express themselves whilst learning about positive roles models through the use of her colouring books.


There will be something for everyone, including a chance to shop with exciting vendors in the shopping arena, plus a pop up Braid Bar hosted by v with guest hair stylists.



PLACE: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green Campus – 25 Paddington Green, London, W2 1NB

5% of all tickets sold will be donated to ACLT   aclt_bone_marrow_blood_donation

ACLT raise awareness on stem cell, blood and organ donation within the UK population across all races, with a key focus on the black and mixed race communities.
They work closely within this area due to the severe lack of individuals signed to the registers from these communities.

For more information on ACLT or to join the stem cell, blood or organ donor registers visit aclt.org

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via Eventbrite www.hairstories2016.eventbrite.co.uk


For all enquiries including exhibitor opportunities email info@ujima.co.uk

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