Registered Charity No: 1096242
email:
info@friendsoftafo.org

9 Salmon Mews, West Cottages, London NW6 1RH












 

EVENTS
 

Over the years Friends of Tafo has staged a variety of fundraising events. They have included scavenger hunts, parties, a reception at a West End Art Gallery, and the following:

 

The Empire Strikes Black / Strictly Come Laughing

In 2004 an idea came up among the friends of the late Gyearbuor Asante to stage a black talent variety show at Hackney Empire in tribute to him and to raise funds for his ancestral village in Ghana, Kwahu Tafo. It was called The Empire Strikes Black.

It was such a success with the participants and the audience (and at the Box Office) that it instantly became an annual event and ran for five years. In 2009 the content of the show was adjusted to concentrate on stand-up comedy, and it continued as Strictly Come Laughing.

Produced by Sarah Moore (for Geestor Productions), Paulette and Beverley Randall and Humphrey Barclay, the shows were hosted by Robbie Gee and Eddie Nestor, and featured a galaxy of black comedy circuit stars and others, including Lenny Henry, Richard Blackwood, Slim, Curtis Walker, Glenda Jaxson, Germaul Y. Barnes, Gordon Chambers, and The Voice winner Jermain Jackman,  regularly supported by guests such as Hugh Quarshie, Jimmy Akingbola, Eastside Young Leaders Academy, Rudolph Walker, Mona Hammond, Ram John Holder and Carmen Munroe, and made a point of featuring videos made in Tafo.


After ten years, in 2014, to mark Humphrey Barclay’s retirement as Development Chief of Kwahu Tafo, a final eleventh show was staged, which once again sold out, and brought 11-show total raised to close on £100,000.

  


Ruby Wedding Party 2006

In 2006 Rebecca Perry and her husband Colin celebrated their Ruby Wedding, and next day made further use of the marquee on their lawn to hold a fundraising lunch for Friends of Tafo. Some 70 people attended, and a cabaret was provided by Tim FitzHigham & Duncan Walsh Atkins with their Flanders and Swann Tribute show At The Drop of a Hippopotamus. The event raised some £4,000.


 

Go Ghana! Cycle Challenge 2011

Following an original idea from Cycle Challenge organizer Nina Jackson, Friends of Tafo joined forces with Classic Tours to stage Go Ghana! Cycle Challenge 2011. Under the leadership of Gideon Seligman, 21 cyclists from UK Sweden and Malaysia, some experienced and some definitely not, rode for five swelteringly hot days from Elmina on the coast of Ghana to Tafo on the Kwahu plateau, a distance of 240 miles.

A total of £30,000 was raised for clean drinking water in Kwahu Tafo, and the cyclists’ notable feat saw the creation of the town’s first three clean drinking water outlets. 

      


Vivaldi Gloria! / Ain't Misbehavin'

In 2012 the organisers of Brandenburg Choral Festival approached Friends of Tafo with the opportunity to sell tickets for a Vivaldi Concert held at The Queen’s Chapel at the Savoy.

This was followed in 2013 by a second concert ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at St Clement Danes in London’s Strand. Both events raised encouraging funds and introduced the name and aims of Friends of Tafo to a wider circle.


COLOURS OF GHANA

In March 2015 an exhibition of paintings under the title COLOURS OF GHANA was held in London’s Framer’s Gallery combining the work of UK-based Melanie Williams and Ghanaian Christopher Charway.

 

Mel was one of the cyclists who took part in the Go Ghana! 2011 Cycle Challenge. The evening before the group set out from the ancient coastal fort of Elmina, Mel had been one of a group visiting the harbour just as the fishing boats were putting out to sea: she was so struck by the images of the dark boats on the silvery water that on her return to UK she embarked on a suite of paintings (right), and subsequently offered to sell them in aid of Friends of Tafo.

 

Christopher Charway is a 43 year old Ghanaian citizen and resident of Accra whose vigorous paintings of seashore and urban activities had long delighted Gyearbuor Asante and Humphrey Barclay. In 2014 Friends of Tafo commissioned Christopher to paint a series of Kwahu landscapes to help promote Kwahu Tafo Progress Council’s “Wake Up to Kwahu – Jewel of Ghana” tourism initiative.

 

The idea then arose to combine the two collections in a full-scale Exhibition, Christopher’s first exposure in London.  Further paintings of his were brought from Ghana (left), and the joint Exhibition of some 50 works ran for a week at the Framer’s Gallery in Windmill Street W1. Each artist sold six paintings and split the proceeds of the sales they made with Friends of Tafo.

 

Some 30 of Christopher’s dramatic and decorative works remain in London. They and others can be seen by clicking here, and are available for sale via info@friendsoftafo.org while Melanie Williams’ sensitive and poetic paintings are viewable (and obtainable) at www.mel-williams.co.uk.