An upcoming awards ceremony is currently accepting nominations for African Nova Scotians overcoming challenges and making a positive impact in their communities.
Kyah Sparks is gearing up to host the African Nova Scotian Communities Ancestral Roots Awards: Recognizing Young Adult Leaders, scheduled to take place on June 9.
“I feel like not a lot of African Nova Scotians in these categories of work get the recognition that I feel they really deserve,” says Sparks, who is a TV host for Eastlink. She also knows from experience how difficult it is to be the only Black person in a class.
“When I was in school and college, there was no one I could relate to. There was a huge cultural difference between me and my other classmates.”
“Why not celebrate and recognize a young African Nova Scotian that may be a makeup artist, or
She’s hoping Ancestral Roots will change that.
“Some people don’t come from situations where it is easy. They’re not given things on a silver platter, so they definitely have to work a lot harder.”
Nominations for potential honourees are being accepted until Friday, April 13. The application form can be found here.