to the first newsletter from the Njoya Foundation.
The Njoya Foundation was created by Njoya's family and friends
with the intention of continuing the work and visions of Christian
Njoya Diawara Small. More
WHY do we
too often, we as people of African descent are marginalised, fed
imbalanced images of who we are, what we are about and what we
can potentially become. This is even more an issue for our young
people who have the extra burden of low expectations set upon
them. The best methods to counteract these issues lie in providing
much needed resources (financial, skill sets and exposure) to
the good work of grassroot organisations that draw our community
together and are making positive changes. More
was extremely focused, self motivated and had high expectation
of himself and always encouraged others to do their best.
his busy schedule of athletics, full-time work, writing his book,
enjoying himself, even learning Salsa, he never forgot the children.
To this end, he began to get more involved with mentoring, especially
with children of African decent.
brilliant and promising life came to a sudden and shocking halt
when he was murdered in the London Bombing on 7th July 2005.
are making preparations to celebrate Njoya's (Christian) memories
on 7th July 2006. This will take place at Walthamstow Assembly Hall,
Forest Road, E17. Please mark this date in your diary. Further information
will be given nearer the time. More
encountered a life changing experience on his travels through West
Africa, in particular Ghana. During this time, he kept his family
and friends in eager anticipation for his regular captivating and
humorous emails on which he based his book Wake Up and Smell
the Fufu. This book will be published and available in the
16th October 2005, the fittest among us participated in the
Nike 10k Run - not one for the faint hearted! A big Foundation contingent
turned up on the day and thanks to their stellar efforts, a staggering
£2,326 was raised. So a big thank you to everyone that participated
and to all those who sponsored them. More
15th March 2006 saw the return of Community Spirit.
The night, dubbed 'the defrost session', was once again a jam-packed
is a bi-annual social event created to promote and fundraise ORIGIN.
At their event in August 2005, Community Spirit managed to raise
over £2,000 for the Foundation. More
was a man who understood the power of words, both written and spoken.
The Foundation will be publishing a collection of poems to bare
witness to the inspiration and joy our Brother Njoya brought, not
only to the poets in the collection, but to the many souls that
entered his life. More
organisations will the Foundation work with?
Initiatives is an example of the type of organisation we will be
aiming to get involved with and fund. ORIGIN is one of their main
programmes, it is a 'rites of passage' for young men of African
heritage, which has been providing personal development programmes
that tackle real issues faced by our young men. More
can I do?
we would appreciate your help by acting as ambassadors of the Foundation.
You can do this by forwarding this newsletter to as many friends,
family and colleagues as possible.
By doing this
small act, you are helping us reach people who may be in a position
to provide and receive assistance from the Foundation. Although
they may not have known Njoya, they will certainly feel the presence
and influence he had on those who intend to continue his work! More
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The Njoya family would like to express their thanks and gratitude for
the overwhelming support and love from all. The
family would like to give special thanks to Carat, Haringey Athletic,
Canon John Meteivier, Vincent Thompson, Dipo Ajani and our new extended
family who have worked so hard to make the Foundation possible.