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Celebrating Ibrahim El Salahi: A Two-Day Community Event

The Sudanese Community in Oxford came together to honour the accomplishments of one of their most distinguished members, Mr. Ibrahim El-Salahi. Born in 1930 in Omdurman, Sudan, El-Salahi is a celebrated painter, former civil servant, and diplomat. He is recognized as a leading visual artist of the Khartoum School, a movement associated with African Modernism and the pan-Arabic Hurufiyya art movement.

El-Salahi’s work, deeply ingrained in his Sudanese roots yet universally captivating, continues to inspire and connect with people globally. His journey serves as a symbol of hope and resilience, encapsulating the spirit of the Sudanese community in Oxford.

The event /was more than just a celebration; it was a testament to the power of unity, appreciati/on, and joy that our community embodies.

Day One (8/8/2018):

The inaugural day was filled with moving speeches and melodious music, hosted by Dr. Alshahi at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. The day began with speeches from community leaders, friends, and Mr. Al Salahi himself, each sharing their personal experiences and memories with the honouree. The speeches highlighted not only Mr. Al Salahi’s achievements but also his character, kindness, and contributions to the world.

As the speeches concluded, the air was filled with the sound of music. Local musicians performed Sudanese melodies that echoed through the buildings of St Antony’s College. The music, a blend of joy and nostalgia, perfectly encapsulated the mood of the celebration.

Day Two (9/8/2018):

The second day of the celebration, a more relaxed event, was hosted at Kirtlington Village Hall. The day was marked by the enticing aroma of a community BBQ and the rhythmic beats of Sudanese music and Madeeh. The day was dedicated to enjoyment and camaraderie, with the entire community coming together to celebrate.

Community members brought their special dishes, resulting in a spread as diverse and vibrant as the community itself. The music continued, with performances by Anwar Abdurhman and Yasir Wardi.

The two-day event attracted people from across the UK, and it was clear that this was more than just a celebration of one person’s achievements. It was a celebration of community, unity, and the shared joy in seeing one of their own succeed. The event served as a reminder of the power of community and the magic that can happen when we come together to celebrate each other’s successes. It was a testament to the fact that every achievement is a collective victory, a triumph not just for the individual, but for the community as a whole.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended, helped, and contributed. Special thanks to:

Dr. Ahmed Al Shahi

Anwar Abdurhman (Igd Alglad)

Yasir Wardi

Ahmed Abdulhman

Hafeez Karar

Bagir Saran

Mujahid Babanjeda

Al Tayeb Al Ahmar

Al Tahir Sax

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