Wakanda weekend

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Wilfred Banda delivers an African tune on the drums in the backyard of his Beachlands home.
Camera IconWilfred Banda delivers an African tune on the drums in the backyard of his Beachlands home. Credit: Tamra Carr The Geraldton Guardian

The Midwest African Association is holding a Geraldton event named Wakanda — after the fictional African country from Academy Award-winning blockbuster Black Panther.

When asked why they picked that name, Zambian resident Wilfred Banda shrugged.

“You know, I don’t know,” he chuckled.

“When everybody is going to see a movie, I usually just take a back seat.’

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The 36-year-old migrated from Zambia to the Solomon Islands in 2015, before settling with his wife and daughter in Beachlands two years ago.

He said he was slowly making Geraldton “his own”, and is looking forward to creating a sense of belonging through the Wakanda dinner under the stars tomorrow..

“I’ll be teaching basic drumming,” Mr Banda said.

“The African experience is so unique, and we are all so far from home, so this is a way to keep us and our children connected to our culture.

“It’s a spirit of togetherness.

“It’s a sense of belonging.”

The association’s annual festival will also feature African music, dance, fire twirling and food.

Organiser Jaquiline Law said workshops were scheduled from 2.30pm-5pm.

“Then the day’s learning will come together to celebrate with family and friends and community,” she said.

“Workshop participants also join our facilitators as part of a performance program and all enjoy an authentic two-course African (meal) prepared by the African community members.”

Wakanda will be held at the Bootenal Tavern on Edward Road. There are participation costs. For more information call 0404 637 783.

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