10 July 2002


Staff at NALIS along with the Friends of the Library hosted an Emancipation Day celebration at NALIS’ Head Office.

It was an all day programme packed with activities for children and adults. The programme began at 10:00 a.m. with drumology, a history of the Drum by B. Honore, storytelling, Calypso rendition by Ewart Serrant, a presentation by Carol Boyce Davis on “the Role of Africa in Shaping the World”, dances from the Barataria Folk Performers and a performance by Sheldon Blackman of the Love Circle.

The afternoon session saw the parade of 9 ladies in authentic African outfits, representing various nations of Africa. The Contestants were judged on the knowledge they exhibited of the nations, which they represented.

Prizes of participation were awarded to all participants. The third place of $300.00 went to Sylvia Edwards (Port of Spain Public Library) representing Gambia. The Second place prize of $500.00 went to Dawn Elie-Forde (Head Office) representing Senegal and the first prize of air fare and accommodation for two to Tobago was awarded to Beverly Dassayne (La Brea Public Library) representing Ghana. Judges were Dela Obida, Carlyle Wilson, Phyllis Cumberbatch and Bill Trotman.

The organizers said that the main purpose of the programme was to inform and educate staff and their families on the various cultures of Africa. Book, garments, craft and paintings were on display.