Florence Eshalomi celebrates ‘Black girl magic’ at City Hall

A Black History Month event praising the successes of black women in the capital was hosted by local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, at City Hall yesterday evening.

Under the banner of the theme, ‘black girl magic’, the night saw leading black female Londoners in the business, education and tech sectors provide an insight into their routes to success, but also highlight the many barriers they have faced in their respective industries due to racial and gender biases.

The speaking panel included comedian, presenter and writer, London Hughes, founder and Artistic Director of the Chineke Orchestra, Chi-Chi Nwanoku OBE, entrepreneur and Chair of the Black British Business Awards, Melanie Eusebe, and Seyi Akiwowo, Founder of Glitch!UK.

Ms Eshalomi’s event coincided with the theme of City Hall’s Black History Month programme, which this year focuses upon the contribution of black women to London, as part of the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign.

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“It was incredibly inspiring to hear from black women at the forefront of their respective sectors, lay out the formula for their success, and how they are paving the way for the next generation.

“Each speaker reminded us that, as black women, our success is hard-earned, sadly often coming in spite of the glaring injustices of racial and gender-based discrimination and bias.

“For too long, the social influence and achievements of black women have been excluded from our historical narratives. It is now time for all Londoners to come together to celebrate the countless achievement of Black Women over time and today.

“This is why it was so important for me to ensure the event focused on the contribution of black female Londoners to the capital and the country during this year’s Black History Month.”


Notes to editors

-A photo from the event can be found attached;

-A programme of Black History month events taking place at City Hall can be found here;

-More information about the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign can be found here;

-Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.