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West Africa Business Association hosts annual jamboree and charity fundraiser in London
Business community and celebrities gather to celebrate African culture and raise money for a range of charities
The West Africa Business Association (WABA), a founding member of the Federation of African Business Association (FABA), held one of its most successful annual Highlife Jamborees in October.
A wide range of guests, including members of WABA and other FABA organizations, plus friends from the business and diplomatic communities, gathered at the London Club on Davies Street to celebrate a night of traditional West African music and fare and raise money for a range of African charities.
The event was opened by the star of the evening, the well-known Nigerian singer and charity fund raiser Patti Boulaye, together with John Brown, Vice- Chairman of WABA. .
Patti Boulaye is the founder of Support for Africa, a charity that focuses on combating the transmission of HIV/ Aids and malaria across Africa. Support for Africa aims to provide medical care and other support for African communities by raising funds to build primary healthcare clinics which can also offer education and counseling. The charity opened its first clinic in Nigeria during 2002. www.supportforafrica.org.
As part of the fund raising effort, long-standing WABA supporter OT Africa Line (OTAL) - a specialist UK-West Africa ocean carrier - provided most of the items and enthusiastically ran a tombola stall with a distinctly African feel. Prizes included an assortment of handicrafts, jewellery, masks, traditional African drums and various bottles of wine
During the evening, the auctioning of two economy air tickets to Nigeria, kindly donated by Barry Humphries Marketing Manager of Virgin Atlantic Airways, drew very competitive and enthusiastic bidding. It was not until the tickets had been sold that two ex-OTAL colleagues - Mr Bart Foley, Deputy Managing Director of OTAL and Mr Steve Cameron, previously a Director of OTAL, found that they had been bidding against each other and had successfully acquired a ticket each.
Highlife music for the evening was provided by well-known Ghanaian Band, The Super Highlife Band, who succeeded in getting everyone onto their feet and onto the dance floor .
The annual jamboree was additionally sponsored by Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd, PZ Cussons International Ltd,, GlaxoSmithKline, Leventis Overseas Ltd., De La Rue, Diageo Africa, Karisma Design Partnership and Coca-Cola Africa. It was supported by Virgin Atlantic and OT Africa Line.
The event also raised funds for Sight Savers, a charity that provides free reading glasses to improve quality of life and enable much-needed improved literacy in poor communities.
The West Africa Business Association (WABA) was formed in 1956. It now consists of 150 UK and international members representing their interests to governments and international organisations. It also disseminates business information from 22 countries of West and Central Africa.
WABA has recently been further strengthened by becoming part of The Federation of Africa Business Associations (FABA). As a result, the Association is now more closely linked to its sister Associations, the Eastern Africa Association (EAA), the Southern Africa Business Association (SABA) and the British Africa Business Association (BABA) which has close links with the EU
WABA and FABA operate through five main areas of activity:
Information - sourcing and dissemination of authoritative information on the 22 countries comprising the sub-region, covering commercial, economic and political intelligence via confidential monthly reports and regular business briefings.
Networking - promotion of networking opportunities for members, drawing together offshore businessmen, their counterparts in West and Central Africa and luminaries in the sub-region's governments and public sectors.
Influence - communicating the views of members on improving the business environment in the sub-region to both local and offshore governments and discreet lobbying of these governments and international organisations on behalf of the collective membership.
Help - practical assistance to members doing business with West Africa on administration problems (eg visas and airport pick-ups), specific business arrangements (eg intervention, often at Ministerial and Ambassadorial level), and local marketing and access to certain advantageous arrangements in local hotels etc.
Promotion - positive promotion of member companies through the Association's website, publications and events through the year together with its contacts with the media and other important trade, business, lobbying and African interested bodies.
The West Africa Business Association has its headquarters and secretariat in London, with resident representatives in Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. WABA also has sister organisations with thriving local memberships in Ghana and Nigeria.
To learn more about how the West Africa Business Association can help your business visit www.waba.co.uk
Issued on behalf of the West Africa Business Association by: Steve Cameron, Cameron Management Resources
The West Africa Business Association
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