Be taken on a journey of self-discovery and celebrate the cultural diversity that exists in Footscray and surrounds in this unique event featuring live music, spoken word performances and a panel discussion.
Explore the diversity of African culture, what is means to grow up African in Australia and share cultural practices such as the importance and origins of names in different cultures.
We will delve into the difference between African cultures and Australia, whilst bringing to light some issues that immigrants face when integrating into a new community.
Proudly presented by Footscray University Town in partnership with the VU Afro Society.
Zione Walker-Nthenda (moderator)
Zione is a global citizen having attended schools in England, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Russia, Japan and Australia. She started her career in intellectual property law and after a brief stint in documentary filmmaking, she reconfigured her experience in law and storytelling to work as a social justice lawyer; working for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid and Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
A lawyer for about sixteen years, she has worked mainly in the areas of family law, child protection, family violence and human rights.
Zione has extensive experience as a law reform and policy lawyer, having sat on the key state government family violence reference and advisory committees during periods of significant legal reforms in Victoria. She was the national co-convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia and the Victorian co-convenor of Violence Against Women and Children Working Group (VAWAC).
Zione is a trained adult educator with extensive program design and delivery experience. As part of a significant cultural change process, she used her education and facilitation background to develop the first ever train the trainer human rights package by police for police.
Magan Magan is a writer, poet and VU alumni based in Melbourne.
He is the author of From Grains to Gold (Vulgar Press, 2018), a collection of poems about grief, and his work has been published in a range of anthologies and magazines, including Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry and Australian Poetry, The Lifted Brow and Cordite Poetry Review.
Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, National Young Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry festival, Woodend Winter Arts Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.
In 2018, he was a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and a co-editor of the Black Inc anthology Growing Up African In Australia (Black Inc, 2019) and Volume 7 of the Australian Poetry Anthology (2019).
Based in Melbourne, Tariro is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, theatre maker, curator, and cultural diversity and performance consultant.
Tariro has worked as an actor on Australia’s main stage with companies such as MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Black Swan Theatre, Red Stitch and more. Her screen work includes television shows such as Winners and Losers and Neighbours, and the internationally award-winning web series, Shakespeare Republic.
She was awarded Best Actress in Arrivals at 19th NYC PictureStart Film Festival (2015) and won Best Film for her spoken word video (Home) directed by Charles Williams at the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (2015). In 2016, Tariro was the winner for Best Craft at Dungog Short Film Festival, and she was the Australian Poetry Slam National Finalist (2010) and State Finalist (2009).
Tariro is the founder and producer of Africa’s Got Talent (2013–2014) and a founding member of Still Waters African Women’s Storytelling Collective and Centre of Poetic Justice. She is currently the co-Artistic director of Western Edge Youth Arts.
Temi Oladiji is an African Australian student from the country of Nigeria. She is a fourth-year student, studying a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at Victoria University.
She is currently serving her second term as the President of VU Afro Society, the African society at VU, as well as the women’s officer of the Victoria University Student Union. She is the director and co-producer of ‘The Wonderwoman Series’, a three-part series that explores the strength of domestic violence survivors
Temi sits on the Cultural Diversity Reference group as a co-vice-president and has recently taken up the position of Vice President of Activities for the Victoria University Student Union. She currently works at Victoria University Student Life as a Leadership assistant.
She has been actively involved in VU as a Student Mentor and held executive positions on committees of various societies such as the Accounting Financial Investment Student Society (AFISS) and Dictum (the law society at VU).
- DJ Dizzy Dee
- Akoi Arok
- Malaz Dewanyang
- Demyana Thomas