African dance group to boost funding appeal

Bola Taiwo
Bola Taiwo

African dancers and musicians will be performing in Skegness to generate funds for an appeal to provide electricity for a Nigerian village.

Members of the acclaimed Adanta group are appearing at the Embassy Theatre next month in aid of the appeal organised by local GP Bola Taiwo.

Bola, who works at Beacon Medical Practice, is hoping the performers will be able to parade through the town before the show on June 5.

Adanta will also entertain staff and patients at the surgery on Churchill Avenue and shoppers outside the Hildreds Centre.

Traditional African costumes have been supplied to help staff to get into the spirit of the occasion by Chief Toyin Odegbami.

The Africa Day show is taking place to support the Light of Life appeal which is aiming to supply power to the village of Ilewo 

So far almost £20,000 has been raised providing for the installation of a transformer.

A further £10,000 is needed for fencing to be put in place so the electricity can be generated safely.

Bola said: “The group wanted to be involved being aware of what the charity is all about to electrify a rural Nigerian village.

“People can expect a very flamboyant, vibrant African dance, costume, culture and tradition.

“My wife Valerie arranged a performance by Adanta and they really inspired us.

“I will be in my full Nigerian regalia singing and dancing at the surgery.”

On June 6 Adanta will appear at Chapel St Leonards in an event organised with Crumbs bakery owner Julie Brookes. The London based group have performed across the world and for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

The majority of money for the appeal has been raised in Nigeria and Bola has also been sponsored to grow a beard to boost the total.

African Day featuring Adanta take place on Friday, June 5. Tickets adults, £15, children £10 are available on 0845 674 0505 or at www.em