KNOW HERE: How artists grace stage of African Awareness Pageant

The African Awareness Pageant hosted by ABKV Arts Studio for primary school students of Barbados was held in late February and Kyler Hoyte-Yearwood and Eteye-Azab Griffith

KNOW HERE: How artists grace stage of African Awareness Pageant
KNOW HERE: How artists grace stage of African Awareness Pageant

Barbados: The African Awareness Pageant hosted by ABKV Arts Studio for primary school students of Barbados was held in late February and Kyler Hoyte-Yearwood and Eteye-Azab Griffith were two of the students who graced the stage as they represented Ancient Egypt, and the true origins of our people.

Barbados Children Directory took to Facebook and stated that Kyler and Eteye-Azab are class three students at the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School and they bravely participated in the pageant for the first time, putting away fears and doubts and they worked diligently to achieve the success that they achieved.

Kai Alleyne-Small an Infants B student of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School played a very important role of being the flag boy for the pageant.

Their outfits are inspired by the Dogon Tribe who are believed to have originated from Egypt because their cosmology mirrors Ancient Egypt. They still read and write hieroglyphics and has a remarkable understanding of astronomy.

Eteye is wearing a long sleeve trumpet bottom dress. The bottom mimics the skirt and arm pieces the men wear as traditional costumes. The white in the fabric represents the cowry shells that they use as adornments on their body and head. The gold threading intertwined with beads, which drapes at the front of her dress, represents the 'rope-like' way, in which they wear their hair.

Her headpiece is representative of the sun, for Ancient Egyptians were truely Sun Gods. Adorned by Gold because she is a walking Afrocentric Goddess in all her Glory. Tonight Kyler is a leader of his tribe. He wears the same colours as his Goddess. The green, tan and brown colours are inspired but the mask and landscape on which they live.

The mask is made of fresh leaves of the tree or African grape, the first tree to bear new leaves at the end of the dry season. His Brown pants, adorned with red applique represents the wood and woven hibiscus fibres, used to make the mask, which are a part of a sequence of post burial rites.

These rituals mark the end of the mourning season or other official celebrations. The mix print brings in the touch of hieroglyphics, which is still a big part of their life today. Like a royal warrior, Kyler’s head wear carries gold cowry shells which the dongo men wore weaved into their hair.

Together Kyler and Eteye are a true representation of our Afrocentric Roots. A God and Goddess by right. As they leave the stage, they reveal a Golden Map of Africa at the back of their outfits, signifying the true treasure that Africa is.