Agida is a company headed by charismatic leader Karim Mbaye, educator and performer, hailing from the Wolof Griot people of Senegal. Traditionally, hereditary Griot lines take up important roles in many West African cultures, acting as storytellers, historians and musicians; through Agida, Karim has spent years elevating that responsibility to share his culture whilst educating across the UK at the same time.
Karim founded 'Agida African Arts' in 2017 and throughout the past three years, has enjoyed engaging with communities, schools and organisations, sharing his heritage, culture and music through workshops and performances. Today, he is excited to see the growth and transformation into 'Agida CIC', and feels honoured to be working with a vibrant and knowledgeable group of people who have come together to build Agida into an organisation for the people. Karim is well aware of racial discrimination and is passionate to overcome and breakdown barriers of prejudice and intolerance.
Karim gives guidance on community activities, using his wealth of experience in working on projects and performances across the world. He has been part of world events, such as WOMEX, WOMAD and Africa Oye. He collaborates and works with organisations such as The International Slavery Museum, Z-Arts, and many schools and communities in the UK to build bridges, and he is passionate about raising awareness of Black History. Karim is currently working on an annual African Festival to be held in his home town.
As a founder member of 'Agida African Arts', set up in 2017, Janine is excited to be part of its growth into ’Agida CIC' in 2020. Janine enjoys developing exclusive ‘hands on’ education programmes that encompass communication, fun, enjoyment and discrete learning with diversity and inclusion at the forefront. Believing communication builds confidence, she is a great advocate of breaking down barriers in the education system, to enable people from all walks of life to have their say in a respectful, confident and empowering way. Drawing from her wealth of experience in devising programmes of education and syllabuses in Communication, Citizenship, Drama, English Language and Literature, Debating and African Griot Culture, Janine remains ever the perpetual learner, learning something new each day from the privilege of working within communities and people from all backgrounds.
Janine is a qualified teacher, examiner, adjudicator and workshop facilitator, working with such clients as The English Speaking Board International, The Noisy Classroom and Young Enterprise.
Having lived, studied and worked all across the UK, Josiah has dedicated much of his life to engaging with his local communities.
Having a background in local government as well as education, he now works as a County Court Advocate across the North West on his path to qualifying as a lawyer. In the same vein as much of his previous work, he joined Agida in the hope of helping to build up local communities and empower those without a voice.
In his own time, he runs a personal project, Frivolous Arguments (across all social media)
to speak up about his ongoing journey, in particular, regarding starting a legal career from the bottom, racial inequality and mental health awareness.
Osarumen is a Ph.D. student at the university of Huddersfield who works with students, other researchers, and professors to create knowledge and further improve the level of education at the university.
Osarumen believes education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Osarumen has worked at the University of Huddersfield as an assistant lecturer and is presently working towards getting his research paper published. Osarumen is also a part certified accountant with Diploma, Advanced Diploma, B.Sc., M.Sc. in accounting from BPP University Manchester, and Masters in Human Resources Management from Teesside University.
Osarumen is also part of Agida's 'Rimka', performing on keyboard and bass guitar.
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