Africa has a longstanding relationship with Jersey, thanks namely to excellent political, commercial and cultural links. Jersey is an accommodating community, filled with amazing diverse people and cultures, and there are now a growing number of people of African descent on the Island who have made Jersey their home.

To celebrate this relationship, last month (Thursday 19 September) Jersey Finance hosted a networking drinks reception in partnership with Friends of Africa Jersey C.I, a Jersey-based charity that positively promotes, shares, celebrates and enhances the profile of Africa and African culture in Jersey.

Held at Tiffin, Castle Quay, the event brought together approximately 100 members of the Friends of Africa community and members of Jersey’s finance industry who share a mutual interest in Africa. The evening subsequently provided a natural platform for all in attendance to learn more about their shared activities and interests with the continent.

Commenting on the event, Allan Wood, Jersey Finance’s Regional Head – West, said:

“Social inclusion is an essential component in a beautiful Island such as ours. We have a growing number of people of African descent on the Island who have made Jersey their home. We would like to support them to share their cultures/heritage in turn enriching the culture of Jersey, whilst keeping in touch with their roots. Bringing the Jersey Africa diaspora together with the professionals that regularly travel out to Africa, as I see it, can only enrich relationships. The first of many with improved relationships and understanding. Thanks to Washington Gwatidzo, the Friends of Africa community and the Jersey Finance marketing team for making this event possible.”    

Washington Gwatidzo, Chairperson for Friends of Africa Jersey C. I, added:

“We would like to thank Jersey Finance for taking to the time to meet and share with the African diaspora on the Island. This networking event celebrates the growing relationship between Jersey and Africa; Jersey has opened its arms to us and in turn Africa has some of its brightest minds who contribute to the Island’s economy. Cultural exchange, increase of diversity and connectivity are the bedrock of getting the best out of both Jersey and Africa and more events of this nature will continue to foster positive relationships benefiting both in the long term.”

Photos from the event can be found on the Jersey Finance Flickr account.