IROKO Theatre Company

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About IROKO Theatre Company

Iroko Theatre Company

IROKO Theatre Company use African arts to advance the education, health and wellbeing of people from all backgrounds and nationalities, so they can play an active role in their community and improve their quality of life. IROKO provides resources and training as well as running exhibitions, workshops and performances.

Stories of Africans Living in Newham 2021

This project researched, recorded, preserved, celebrated and shared the stories of the lives of Africans who have helped or are helping to shape the economic and urban heritage of Newham by making Newham their home, through records and an online musical theatre performance. This would not have been possible without our incredible volunteer researchers:

Cynthia Nkiruka Anyadi

Cynthia is currently studying an MRes Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway University and is the Research Officer at Black Geographers. She’s particularly interested in highlighting the importance of oral histories and storytelling for creating accessible research, as well as in encouraging research into African history and culture done for and by those with African heritage.

Louise Meiklejohn

Louise is a recent MA Museum and Heritage Studies graduate from Nottingham Trent University. She is interested in community engagement and local history. Of ‘Stories of Africans Living in Newham’ she says: “I have loved working on this project as it gave me a chance to uncover incredible stories and learn more about the area of Newham.” Follow her on twitter here

IROKO Theatre Company

1 Mark Street, Stratford, E15 4GY

IROKO Theatre Company's Records
267 High St South, London, E6 3PG
April 2021

Sheriff Jammeh, or ‘Big C’, is a Gambian business owner and Co-Founder of Interface Gambia & Youth Club in Newham. His business ‘Interface Gambia and Youth Club’ works with young...


451 Wick Ln, Bow, London E3 2TB, UK
April 2021

Born in Newham, Jehu-cal Emmanuel Enemokwu is a young business owner who started and runs a successful luxury fashion and design brand, based in the borough. He was interviewed by...


3 Freemason Rd, London, E16 3AR
April 2021

Anab Hoffmann quit the corporate world to start Healtogether CIC in Newham, a community-based organisation aimed at addressing the mental health needs of the Somali community in the UK ....


Upper 2GU, 1-2 Dock Rd, London E16 1AG
8 April 2021

Hafza Yusuf is a British Somali textile designer and the Founder/CEO of Hafza Studio. Based in Bow Arts’ R.A.W Studio in Newham, her design studio also hosts community arts workshops. She was...


44- 46 Hermit Road, London E16 4LF
4 April 2021

Patrick Ideh has been running the highly successful African meat retail and distribution business Bantuway, for over twenty years. He was interviewed, along with his wife Stella, by Louise Meiklejohn,...


Iroko Theatre Company
IROKO Theatre Company, Stratford

Alex Oma-Pius tells us about IROKO Theatre Company which he set up in 1996 and how he found a home in Newham in 1997. Alex speaks about the talking drum...


IROKO Theatre Company's Events
Thursday 11 June 7pm

IROKO performance involves oral storytelling of an African fable about the adventures of three brothers and their homecoming. African drumming, singing, chanting and dancing will also be performed, using instruments... FULL DETAILS +

  • Free
  • All Ages
Saturday 22 May 5.30-7pm

Stories of Africans Living in Newham is an online musical theatre event created by IROKO Theatre Company with an interactive and informative Q&A session. FULL DETAILS +

  • Free
  • Family
Open Captioning Event

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