Today Baobab Youth performed at the Annual GrannyFest in Ottawa. This is one of four causes we regularly donate our time to. The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is a simple and powerful force. Their work for the Stephen Lewis Foundation is impressive and the women who are part of this movement are extraordinary. They gave us a standing ovation at the end of our performance. It was very meaningful for us. We know that they understand how powerful music and dance can be, and how different the opportunities are for youth in Ottawa when compared with youth in Africa.
What strikes me is just how all of our actions are intertwined. I have had the privilege of working with members of the Capital Grannies, for several years, teaching and performing drum pieces and songs with them, initiated by the amazing, late Kate Bryant with guts and humour.Baobab recently lost another friend to cancer, former Board member Kevin Thomson, a founder of of the much loved and much enjoyed Cocoa Camino. A lover of Africa, ideas, people and community, Kevin left an indelible mark in so many ways, as was celebrated by his friends and family last weekend. His time with Baobab’s Board of Directors was incredibly useful to us in our early days. He shared his business skills, friendship, creativity and and integrity with us. In lieu of flowers at his life celebration, Kevin’s wish was for people to donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. So today we dedicated our performance to Kevin. Akpe kakakaka!
The ripples will continue to expand.