Category Archives: Australian African Network

Come to our fundraising BBQ

When: 2.00 – 5.00pm, Saturday 16 October
Where: 93 Greenbank Drive, Glenhaven. View map
$12 per person plus gold coin donation per child / $25 per family
All you can eat BBQ and salad – just BYO drinks
Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP by 14 October on Facebook or to
Inquiries – email us or call Jeneby on 0411 241 238 or Jill 0424 853 717

July Dinner & Dance


July Dinner & Dance Sat, July 24,


(501 King street, Newtown) 8pm – …10:00pm …

Dance: Jamrock 202, Broadway 10pm –late –

Jamrock is a club dedicated to all lovers of Reggae Music and R&B every Saturday night

and hosts top selectas andartists, both local and international.


AAN Xmas BBQType:Party – BarbecueWhere:Fishermans Wharf, WOY WOYWhen:Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

For those of you travelling by train from Central. We will be at the entrance of platform 11 @ 10.30 (get your return ticket to Woy Woy first) see you then.

Well people, the final official event of the year is upon us.
To share the love with the coastal tribe we will be having the BBQ @/near Fishermans Wharf Woy Woy.

For those travelling from the city we will be looking to meet and travel by train from central station (will have notification of a meeting point soon)

Hope you can come and show your support.


New committee

A new comittee was elected 15 November.

Co-Convenor – Suzanne O’Garey

Secretary – Cornel Robinson

Treasurer – Jill Sergeant

Ordinary Committee members

Annie Stopford

Jeneby Matthews

Matshepo Molala

Nicole Yade

Our thanks and appreciation to Liz Tinney and Mohamed Dukuly, who stood down from the committee this year.

Download Annual Report 2009

AAN’s July dinner

Join AAN for a friendly social dinner, Sierra Leone style

Saturday 25 July, 7.30pm

At African Queen Cuisine, 318 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville

$30 set menu for includes mixed entree, 4 different mains, (fish, meat, vegetarian), foofoo, rice & couscous, dessert and African ginger drink.

$25 set menu includes mixed entree, 3 vegetarian mains, 1 lamb main, foofoo, rice & couscous, dessert and African ginger drink.

BYO. Limited seats. Book by email or phone below. let us know how many people and which menu.

Ph: 0424 853 717

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And keep an eye on the wesbite for details of our next picnic. It will be in Merrylands, Central Park from 1.00pm Saturday 8 August.

Annual General Meeting

Australian African Network is holding its first Annual General Meeting ever:

11.30 – 12.30, Sunday December 14

Location: Please note that the venue has changed and the meeting is now at Campsie. Call 0424 853 717 for the address if you are intending to come.

If you are a member of AAN you get to vote for a new AAN Committee and office bearers. If you are not a member, it’s not too late to join – you can do so right up to the day of the meeting, and go in the draw to win one of two fabulous Putumayo African music compilation CDs.

Nominating a committee member or office bearer
AAN has up to eleven committee members, made up of seven ordinary members and four office bearers: two Co-Convenors (one African, one non-African heritage), one secretary and one Treasurer.

If you wish to nominate someone for the AAN committee or as an office bearer you must be a member of AAN. You will need to make your nomination in writing no later than 7th December 2008. Your nomination must be seconded by another AAN member and you must have the written agreement of the person you are nominating. Email nominations are acceptable. Email to or post to PO Box 411 Dulwich Hill NSW 2203.

Meeting Agenda
The business for the meeting will be:

1. Approval of new membership applications
2. Annual report by Co-Convenor/s
3. Treasurer’s report
4. Vote on special resolution (see below)
5. Vote on new committee and office bearers if required or validation of new committee and office bearers if there is no competition for places. (members are automatically appointed unless there are too many nominations).
6. Draw of Putumayo CD winners

Afterwards we will go to lunch somewhere local – all welcome.

Download AGM info (includes date and venue, membership form, proxy form, and special resolution info.

The rules
The AAN rules describe the procedures for nomination of the committee and the general meeting. If you’d like to know more, download the rules.

For more info email

Celebrating the first Black president of the USA

barack_obamaA.A.N. celebrates the election of the first black American president. We want to pay tribute not only to Barack Obama’s extraordinary spirit and vision, but also to his mother and grandmother, and to his whole extended multicultural and multiracial family.

In the aftermath of Obama’s historic election, we received an email from Endashaw Tesema, an African leader in Australia, honouring all those women who have had the courage and determination to build intercultural and racial relationships and families, despite enormous obstacles and opposition at times. With his permission, we include an extract from his email here:

“Many would rather I did not make this comment but following Milton who once said “a grateful mind owes not but still pays” I wish to pay at this moment in history, not later.

It is women like you who have followed their hearts, not the expectations of others, in more cases than not at great personal price, that helped in the speedy arrival of a moment in history today.

Thank you for meeting us half way to help us cross the bridge, to propel the world toward transition at a more accelerated speed than would have been otherwise.

Without the brave women like you having met us half way, America would have taken longer to make history; many millions of people would have passed away without witnessing this change; many millions of people whould have simply continued to hang on to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” with no hope of realising this dream in their lifetime. The reason is those who granted the making of this history would have been less prepared to cause the realisation of this dream. Together, the women like you and us have shaped the history that has just unfolded.”

A.A.N really appreciates this recognition, and also acknowledge all the men who also play such a critical role in creating and sustaining intercultural and racial families.

Join AAN and win great prizes!

Become a member of Australian African Network before October 25th 2008 and go into the draw to win a fantastic CD from Putumayo World Music.

Extended! The prizewinners will now be drawn at the AAN Annual General Meeting on December 7th.

You could win African Party, featuring artists such as Sekouba Bambino (Guinea), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) and Mapumba (Congo); or African Dreamland for Kids, featuring artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo  (South Africa) and Toumani Diabate (Mali).

The prize winners will be drawn at our next picnic on Saturday October 25th. (Picnic details to be announced soon).

AAN membership costs only $5 per year plus $10 joining fee. As a member, you can:

  • Vote at our Annual General Meetings
  • Nominate to join the Management Committee
  • Be actively involved in AAN projects and events

Most importantly, by joining you are supporting AAN to grow and become a viable organisation which can more effectively address issues concerning mixed African/non-African couples and families.

Please fill out the membership form and post it with your cheque to:
PO Box 411 Dulwich Hill NSW 2203

Or email it to and make a direct deposit into our account (details on the form)

Join AAN

Would you like to become a member of Australian African Network?

In 2007 we put a lot of work into incorporating as an association, developing rules and structure. We also started a survey, to find out what people in mixed relationships thought we should be doing. Now we’re taking the next step – opening up to membership.

As a member of AAN, you get to:

  • Have a say about where the organisation is heading & what it should be doing
  • Vote for representatives on the management committee
  • Be involved in organising AAN activities (meet interesting people, learn new skills & share your expertise)

Membership costs $10 to join and then $5 annually.

If you join now you won’t have to renew until July 2009

Email for details of how to join.

Survey: What do you think?

We’ve just taken a look at the early results from our survey. AAN set up the survey late last year because we wanted to get a better idea of how many people are in mixed families & couples and what kinds of issues are important to them.

So far, 32 people have filled out the survey. We know that’s just the tip of the iceberg – so if you haven’t filled it out, please do it now, so that we can plan activities for the year ahead that will truly reflect what’s important to you. Also, the more data we have about our constituency, the more likely we are to get funding for those activities.

The survey results so far indicate that most people are interested in seminars on political and cultural issues (95% answered “please do it” or “fairly interested”) and political lobbying and advocacy (94.8%). Also high on people’s list were seminars on cross cultural relationships (88.2%) and conferences (83.3%). There was a fairly strong interest in picnics (78.9%) and support goups (72.2%), and the least interest in parties (60% – hey, come on!?) and activities for teens (47%).

Of the 32 people who answered the survey, there were 23 women and 9 men. 13 people described themeselves as anglo-Australian, 6 as African, one New Zealander and the rest described themselves as Australian. African respondents were from Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria and South Africa. Non African respondents described their partners as being Tanzanian, Ghanaian, Zimbabwean, Central African, West African and Tswana. 16 different languages were spoken in mixed households.

21 people were parents of a total of 37 children, including 26 who were of mixed heritage. The children ranged in age from young adults to infants.

The issues people identifed as most important to them were racism, particularly as it affected their children; the need for connection to African communities & culture; employment/accreditation of African qualifications; and financial issues. A couple of respondents felt there were no issues that affected them specifically as mixed families/couples that were different to other families.

We do have a lot more data than we’re releasing here – this is just a taste. A full report will be published after we’ve got more results.

Does this sound like you and your family? Are these the issues you care about? Get your voice heard, fill out the survey today.