Agida was a great dancer, and the first woman to drum in an all-male art form at that time, right up there on stage at the Iba Mar Diop Stadium, Dakar, Senegal. Agida is Karim’s mum, and he carries her spirit within and is proud of the barriers she broke down in paving the way in equality and women’s rights.
Here at Agida, we believe that the curriculum in this country with regard to black contributions to the world are, unfortunately, woefully lacking. In an ideal world we would learn about Black History, not just within a specified month, but all year round in every area of life.
We would learn about the contributions made to world-changing movements like feminism, pre-slave trade African civilisations, the long and ongoing fight for racial equality, the honest accounts of Britain’s own struggles with racism, difficulties of being black in modern society and the efforts of black soldiers who have fought for our country over the years.
As with any other area, we believe in intuitive, engaged learning as opposed to simple lectures. We look at where black stories and voices have not been shown, before using multi-sensory methods to promote and inform such. This includes demonstrating why this is so important, how communities become divided and where organisations frequently create work environments which are hostile for their black members. Agida believes that addressing these issues through positive experiences helps in breaking down barriers, education and strengthening communities.