The 2023 Ankara Festival in Toronto-Event summary.

Theme: Our Culture, Our Pride

Celebrating African Heritage and Community Excellence
Afro Heritage International the official annual organizers of Ankara festival headed by talented multi award winning music maestro Mr. Gabriel O Ojofeitimi popularly known as Omoaladeogo accomplished another successful edition of the 2023 Ankara Festival.


The 2023 Ankara Festival, held at the iconic 30 Gordon Mackay Street in Toronto, was an unforgettable celebration of African culture, community excellence, and the enduring pride of the African diaspora. Under the theme "Our Culture, Our Pride," this year's festival was a resounding success, showcasing the rich tapestry of African heritage and honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities.

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Red Carpet Glamour: A Grand Entrance at 5 PM

The festival began in grand style with a red-carpet, graced by celebrities, dignitaries, and attendees adorned in their finest Ankara-inspired ensembles. The red carpet became a runway of its own, where attendees showcased their creativity and fashion-forward styles, setting the stage for an evening of elegance and cultural appreciation.

Community Service Excellence: Honoring the Best Among Us

One of the festival's most poignant moments was the recognition of 32 exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to community service. These awardees, through their selfless contributions, have made a significant impact on the African and Canadian communities. Their tireless efforts were celebrated as a testament to the strength of community bonds and the power of collective action.

Distinguished Royalty and Honorary Guests

The festival was graced by esteemed honorary guests who added regal splendor to the occasion. His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeshina Sulaimon Raji, the Oniba of Iba Kingdom, served as the royal father of the day, and Chief Dr. Mrs. Kemi Koku assumed the esteemed role of mother of the day. Chief Paullicap Ebunoluwa Okeke, Chairman of the day, and Mr. Victor Adesunloye, the father of the day, lent their wisdom and presence to the festivities. The chairlady of the day, Chief Funmi Olumade, exuded grace and charisma, further enhancing the festival's prestige.

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Masters of Ceremony Extraordinaire

The festival's vibrant program was skillfully guided by accomplished MC- Akeem Ogunmilade and Fortune Ibare-Jones as co-Mc.. Their wit, charisma, and deep understanding of the festival's significance kept the audience engaged and entertained throughout the event.

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The 2023 Ankara Festival was not merely an event; it was a grand tapestry of culture, community, and celebration. It encapsulated the pride, resilience, and unity of the Nigerian diaspora while recognizing the outstanding contributions of individuals to their communities. This unforgettable evening was a testament to the enduring strength of cultural bonds and the vibrant spirit of the African and Canadian communities in Toronto. As the sun set on Gordon Mackay Street, it left behind cherished memories and a deep sense of cultural pride and community unity.

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Toronto's real story of the Candlelight procession for MohBad.

Honoring the Late Artiste and Advocating for End to bullying.

In a poignant display of unity, concerned mothers and community stakeholders in Toronto came together for a solemn procession and candlelight event to honor the late Nigerian artiste, MohBad. This gathering, held in the heart of Toronto, was more than just a remembrance. The convener Aminat Ajoke Ali popularly known as Amino of Aminoglamour and CEO of OGA’S kitchen a doordash affiliate culinary servicing company best described the success of the movement for justice as a Community United in Grief.


Xphrame media was briefed of the action plan and followed the trend of the event from the WhatsApp group created to manage the logistics of the procession.
Prior to the build up, key players in events promotions, actors, entertainment, community and business stakeholders were contacted and added to the group in mass, within 3 hours of the idea inception, over 300 people had signified interest.

Play of interests
Mc Morris had initially incubated his plan to organize the rally however seeing the massive support Amino got as a rallying point accepted to join forces with her call to action. Prince George Entertainment also had his own plans, they all eventually combined forces to ensure a smooth procession.
Contrary to widespread reports, which looked like a visiting artiste organized the procession, the event was a joint effort of Nigerians living in Toronto who turned out genuinely for MohBad.
While it looks like Prince George leveraged on the procession to strategize for his next show with the said artiste.


Event day
The procession began with community members gathering at a central location, carrying candles that would later light up the night in a touching tribute to MohBad. It was a diverse assembly, reflecting the multicultural fabric of Toronto. Concerned mothers, fathers, young adults, and children came together, transcending generational and cultural boundaries to mourn the loss of a young talent whose music had touched hearts worldwide.
A Heartfelt Tribute
As the procession reached its destination, a central gathering point, attendees lit their candles, illuminating the night sky with a warm and poignant glow.
Words of Comfort and Hope
Community leaders and mental health advocates addressed the gathering, offering words of comfort and hope. They emphasized the importance of supporting one another, seeking help when needed, and breaking the stigma associated with bullying.

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A Silent Reflection
The event concluded with a moment of silence, allowing attendees to reflect on their own experiences, the impact of MohBad's music. It served as a reminder that, in times of grief and adversity, communities can come together to support one another and advocate for change.
Moving Forward with Unity
The candlelight procession for MohBad in Toronto was a moving demonstration of community unity, compassion, and the strength that can be found in shared grief. It was not only a tribute to an artist who had left an indelible mark but also a step forward in addressing mental health challenges and fostering a more compassionate and supportive community.

As the candles flickered in the night, they symbolized the enduring light of MohBad's music and the collective resolve of the Toronto community to raise awareness, offer support, and advocate for a brighter future in which No-to-Bullying is emphasized and no one suffers in silence.

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Toronto, 2023-09-19.


In a moving display of unity, the Nigerian Canadian community in Toronto is coming together to demand justice in the wake of the tragic passing of the talented Nigerian artiste, MohBad. The procession is set to take place on the 23rd of September,2023 at 3395 Weston Road North York, M9M 2V9, Ontario, and it seeks answers and accountability in this heartbreaking loss.

MohBad’s passing has left many in shock and mourning.

The march aims to show solidarity with Nigerians back home and to ensure that justice is served to all alleged people in his death. Participants will gather by 4pm at the above address and dress code is white.

The Nigerian Canadian community in Toronto, along with supporters and friends, believes that seeking justice is not only a tribute to MohBad's memory but also a statement against the injustices that affect us all from politics, governance, to entertainment from Bullies and snitches.

The "Justice for Late MohBad's" procession is open to everyone who shares the belief that justice should be served, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, or background.

Event Details:

Date: 23rd September 2023

Time: 4pm

Location: Emery Collegiate Institute, 3395 Weston Road North York, M9M 2V9, Ontario

For further information, please contact:

437-243-2123, 647-308-6732, 437-228-8919

Let us unite as a community and demand the answers and justice that MohBad deserves. Together, we can make our voices heard and ensure that his legacy continues to shine brightly.

This statement can be used to inform the public, media, and authorities about the "Justice for Late MohBad's" procession and tribute, emphasizing its peaceful and inclusive nature and the community's commitment to seeking answers and accountability.

Ekiti Kete Canada Takes Action: Committee Formed to Address Toronto Refugee Crises

In response to the ongoing refugee crises in Toronto, a remarkable initiative has emerged from the Ekiti Kete community in Canada. Recognizing the pressing need to address the challenges faced by refugees in the city, The Association has taken a proactive step by raising a committee dedicated to tackling this humanitarian issue. This groundbreaking effort showcases the power of communities coming together to make a positive impact on the lives of those seeking refuge and safety in Canada.


Barrister Anthony Adeshina
President-Ekiti Kete Canada

The refugee crises in Toronto have been a growing concern for some time, with an increasing number of people fleeing their countries due to conflict, persecution, and dire living conditions. The influx of refugees into the city has strained existing resources, making it difficult for the city authorities to fully address the needs of these vulnerable individuals and families.

The formation of the Ekiti Kete Canada committee is a testament to the strong sense of community and solidarity within the Ekiti Kete diaspora living in Canada. Ekiti Kete Canada is an organization comprising individuals from Ekiti State, Nigeria, who have united to promote their culture, provide support to one another, and contribute to the larger Canadian society as a charity organization.

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The newly formed committee under the leadership of the president Barrister Anthony Adeshina aims to approach the refugee crises in Toronto with a comprehensive and compassionate strategy. Their mission is twofold:

  1. Needs Assessment and Advocacy: The committee will conduct a thorough needs assessment of the refugees in Toronto to understand the challenges they face. This assessment will help identify the specific areas where support is most urgently required. Subsequently, the committee will advocate on behalf of refugees to raise awareness about their plight and encourage appropriate governmental and non-governmental agencies to take necessary action.

  2. Resource Mobilization: Recognizing the strain on existing resources, Ekiti Kete Canada will mobilize its members and community networks to gather essential resources. These resources may include food and clothing support for refugee families. Additionally, the committee will explore fundraising opportunities to provide financial assistance where needed.

The formation of this committee reflects the true spirit of humanitarianism, where a group of individuals comes together, transcending geographical boundaries and cultural differences, to address a common cause. Ekiti Kete Canada's initiative is a shining example of how communities can play an active role in finding solutions to complex social issues.

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Moreover, their proactive response sends a powerful message to other communities and organizations that positive change is possible when we unite with empathy and purpose. By working together, Ekiti Kete Canada is set to make a significant difference in the lives of refugees and contribute to building a more inclusive and compassionate Toronto.

As the committee begins its noble journey to alleviate the Toronto refugee crises in the meeting on the 26th July, it is crucial for the broader public to lend their support and solidarity. Together, we can create a stronger, more welcoming society that embraces those who seek refuge and safety within Canada.

Cultural Food Festival Season 2- Ekiti Kete Canada makes history again.


Ekiti Kete Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to providing educational, medical, and social support to under-privileged people, particularly children and youths from low economic status parents.  The Canadian based not for profit organization proudly hosted the highly anticipated Cultural Food Festival Season 2. The event took place at the picturesque G-Ross Lord Park, located at 4801 Dufferin Street, North York, Canada. This festival was a celebration of Nigerian culture, showcasing the rich heritage, traditions, and mouthwatering cuisines of the Ekiti people.


The Cultural Food Festival Season 2 was a vibrant and lively gathering that brought together people of all backgrounds to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Ekiti culture. The park was transformed into a lively marketplace, adorned with colorful decorations and filled with the enticing aromas of traditional Ekiti dishes.

Attendees were treated to a gastronomic adventure as they indulged in a wide array of authentic Ekiti delicacies. From aromatic jollof rice and succulent grilled corn to flavorful egusi soup and tantalizing pestle and mortar pounded yam, there was something to satisfy every palate. The festival offered a unique opportunity for food lovers to immerse themselves in the vibrant flavors of Ekiti cuisine and experience the true essence of Nigerian culinary artistry.

The Cultural Food Festival Season 2 was not just about food; it was a celebration of Ekiti culture in all its forms. The event featured captivating traditional music and dance performances that showcased the richness and vibrancy of Ekiti traditions by her members who effortlessly brought the spirit of Ekiti to life in Canada.


Beyond the culinary delights and dances, the festival also provided a platform for networking, socializing, and community engagement. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with fellow Ekiti indigenes, as well as members of other communities, fostering a sense of unity and togetherness.

The success of the Cultural Food Festival Season 2 can be attributed to the hard work, dedication, and collaborative efforts of the Ekiti Kete Canada under the leadership presidency of Barrister Adeshina. Through their unwavering commitment to promoting and preserving Ekiti culture, they have created an event that continues to unite, inspire, and educate people from all walks of life.

The festival's impact extended beyond the day itself. It served as a catalyst for cultural exchange and understanding, allowing new members to gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity and richness of Nigerian culture. 


As the sun set on the Cultural Food Festival Season 2, hearts were filled with joy, bellies were satisfied, and memories were created that would last a lifetime. Ekiti Kete Canada, through this event, demonstrated the power of culture to bring people together, celebrate diversity, and create lasting connections.

Looking forward, Ekiti Kete Canada continues to forge ahead, striving to preserve their heritage, share their traditions, and create meaningful experiences for future generations. The representation of the Ekiti Canada at the recently held Yoruba Picnic was a testament to their unwavering commitment and passion, and it served as a shining example of the beauty and resilience of Nigerian culture.