The 2010 Zambian independence party once again proved to be a huge success due to the fantastic music, great people, delightful food, superb entertainment and an amazing attendance. What more could one ask for on such an important and historical day? The venue of the party, Elks Lodge hall in Port Coquitlum was buzzing with excitement! Families and friends of the Zambian community swarmed in and enjoyed each other’s company celebrating Zambia’s 46th independence anniversary on that beautiful Saturday evening on October 23rd. The hard work of the Zambian Association in BC (ZamBC) executive members should be acknowledged for it was apparent that their countless hours of planning and organization surely paid off.
The Zambian association fulfilled its purpose in encouraging, promoting and maintaining the rich cultural heritage of Zambia. Part of this was showcased in a power point presentation by Mr. Lukuku which included a brief history of Zambia before Independence in 1964. Other parts were showcased through the youth who presented various dance performances and a vibrant fashion show which showcased some traditional African clothing designed and produced by Ms. Lillian O’Brien. This gave the guests a flavour of some of the traditional Zambian attire.
Following the presentations and performances the Zambian ladies on the serving team introduced the food in style with a traditional dance as they made their way to the serving table where the food was placed. Guests were treated to a wide variety of traditional food including the staple food of Zambia – Nshima. Other varieties of food were available and soon enough everyone was seated and enjoying their food and drinks.
The event went smoothly and after dinner, it was time to hit the dance floor. The DJ certainly had no difficulty in playing the right tracks to keep the people dancing and showing off their moves. Not only did he play great Zambian music, but he also provided a wide selection of African music. The dance floor was filled with dancing people until the end of the event at 2am, let the truth be told: nobody can throw a party like Zambians can! This was truly a night to remember!
Story by: Chova K.C. Malyo