The UK Black Pride, Sunday 8 July
At Ayok’a, we believe in inclusion and giving space to marginalized artists to shine and find their audience. We talked to queer artist Pauline N’Gouala ahead of the UK Black Pride on what this movement means to the black community.
ARE YOU TAKING PART IN THE UK BLACK PRIDE EVENT ON SUNDAY 8 JULY?
I’ll be part of the UK Black Pride on Sunday for the second time around. The event was actually founded by my lovely partner, Phyll Opoku Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING THE EVENT? HOW DO YOU ACTIVELY SUPPORT IT?
I took part in a panel streamed on Facebook Live on 2nd July around the theme “What Happens After Pride?”. When I attended the event last year, I went to concerts, DJ gigs and attended talks on the theme of queer activism with people that are part of the African/Caribbean/Asian/Middle-Eastern and Latin-American communities.
WHY IS THIS EVENT IMPORTANT FOR THE BLACK LGBTQ COMMUNITY?
It is much-needed to provide the community a safe space, but also give it more visibility. The event was created by the community, for the community. It’s open to all and allow us to celebrate every facet of who we are.
IS THERE A BLACK PRIDE EVENT, IN PARIS, THE CITY WHERE YOU LIVE?
Yes, there is one. I was part of the very first one, in 2016, where I showed my portrait of James Baldwin.
YOUR ROOTS ARE IN THE CONGO. TO THIS DATE, THERE ARE ONLY 3 BLAKC PRIDE EVENTS ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT: IN MAURITIUS, SOUTH AFRICA AND TUNISIA. DO YOU THINK THERE WILL EVER A PRIDE EVENT IN THE REST OF AFRICA?
Yes, I firmly believe that one day we will have a Black Pride event in West Africa. Repression can only silence us for a time, not forever. There is an emergence of a Pride movement in Uganda, for example and I don’t see why it wouldn’t happen in West or Central Africa.