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Special event to celebrate diversity

​People from across Norfolk and Suffolk are being invited to celebrate black culture, history, food and music at a special conference organised to mark Black History Month.

The event, called “Who am I”, has been arranged by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and takes place in Rickinghall on Friday, 4 October.

The conference will be opened by Jonathan Warren, Chief Executive and Chair of NSFT’s BME Employee Network, which has organised the event, before Trust Chair Marie Gabriel discusses why we should celebrate black history.

She will then hand over to inspirational speakers Itai Kudzanai (aka Kudzie), who presents Sky TV’s “Digging Deep Show”, and activist Patrick Vernon OBE, who led the campaign for 22 June to be recognised as Windrush Day in celebration of the contribution migrants make to UK society.

They will explore and celebrate what it means to be black before inviting delegates to join the discussion and share their thoughts and contributions.

During the afternoon, guests will be given the chance to enjoy some Afro-Caribbean food before trying their hand at Salsa, Bachata and Merengue dancing to live music from Jose Ferrera Mulen and the Banda.

Sam Chirwa, conference co-ordinator and a member of NSFT’s Equality Leads Network, said: “We want to ensure that the black and minority ethnic community in Norfolk and Suffolk feels valued, recognised, included and celebrated, which is why we’ve organised this fantastic event.

“During the day we’ll be hearing from a range of inspirational speakers who will share their stories. We will also talk about some of the good things happening around our Trust and the positive things our teams are achieving.

“We will also give people the chance to enjoy some delicious Afro-Caribbean food before putting on their dancing shoes to finish the day with a swing.”

“Who am I” runs from 9.30am to 4pm, with registration opening at 9am. Spaces are limited, so reserve your ticket early. To book a place, please visit

If you have a disability and need help with transport, or have a special diet or any other needs, please contact or call 07585 965 536.

Caption: Sam Chirwa

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