Akeba is a non-profit community organisation which works to promote cultural awareness and development of Africa, its peoples and its culture in the UK. It was founded on 23 April 2007 by the current director, Ujana Hutchinson-Sharpe in Luton, Bedfordshire. Amanda Bailey was the founding secretary and has greatly supported Akeba activities throughout the years.
Akeba promotes cultural awareness through delivering events, workshops, seminars, training & empowerment programmes, social & networking forums promotional material and learning resources. These initiatives are not just for African & Caribbean community members but equally for all interested members of any community who wishes to increase their awareness of cultural diversity, related issues and also their engagement with African & Caribbean communities. Akeba also gives advice on diversity and equality issues to statutory bodies.
The other main area of activity is economic development. All events are aimed at promoting the businesses and entrepreneurship found in African & Caribbean communities. An array of business and organisations can always be found exhibiting and trading at our events. The Cocoa Basket Magazine was not only created to keep the community updated on community news and events but to promote business and economic success in the African & Caribbean communities across the UK.
The organisation works mainly in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire and has a range of volunteer workers who assist with our project work.