Our activities

Professional artists from West Africa able to teach African Workshops For Schools – a wide variety of art forms

What African Activities can we do?

African drumming!

An engaging and fun way to get everyone working in rhythm. Everyone gets a drum to play on for each workshop.

Dance schools!

High energy but easy to follow moves. A really fun way to get a full body workout!

Recycling workshops!

Learn about the world largest e-waste dump and turn milk bottles into useful objects, masks, elephants or birds.

Gender stereotypes

Did you know that there are Matrilineal societies in West Africa where property descends through the female line? Did you know there is a strong history of female warriors in West Africa and the Caribbean? A rediscovery through discussion and debate.

Poverty of aspiration

An inspirational workshop based on drama, story and the drum. Whilst poverty of circumstance is higher in Africa poverty of aspiration is relatively unheard of. An exploration of the fear of succeeding in Britain and issues surrounding a lack of motivation.


Black History Month specialists, we have covered many issues and are happy to work with you. Previous topics include: Slavery, the creation of ‘Africa’, racism, Black people in Britain, The Windrush, South African emancipation and much more.


Working with Kwame who was the artist in residence at Ghana’s Centre For National Culture. Learn his unique style and recreate paintings with your own twist.

Pottery schools

Explore African traditional pottery artefacts and then set about making your own. Learn a simple coil technique and then use Adinkra to decorate your pots.

Storytelling workshops

Learn about Anasi the cheeky West African Spider. Question and answer sessions facilitate student led learning, bring Africa right into your classroom. 


Explore a wide variety of cloths from Ghana. Learn about Adinkra symbols and the proverbs the represent and make your own cloth to take home or to form a large installation within school.


Explore a wide variety of cloths from West African including Kente one of the most famous and expensive. Looms mean there is a 15 student limit for this workshop.


Learn about the history of West Africa’s trade beads, explore some artefacts and make your own colourful beads from magazine and newspapers.

Nursery Children and the Early Years Curriculum

African Activities is proud the have worked with a number of nurseries including Yellow Dot, Paint Pots and Hungerford Nursery School.  We felt you might like to know some of the activities used during Africa weeks in the nurseries. Many nurseries begin with a...

A day with Woodlands School

Rosewood is a school for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties and Kwame worked with our post 16 group. The drumming workshops led by Kwame are very popular at Woodlands School where pupils and staff enthusiastically join in with the drumming,...

So what does a day of drumming, dance, recycling and storytelling look like?

"The mask making was brilliant. The children loved it and are now looking at everyday objects in different ways. The drumming was awesome and gave the children a sense of achievement in a short amount of time. They haven't stopped talking about it. A brilliant day!"...

Questions we are often asked by teachers interested in running Workshops in their school

How many children can take part in one day? This does vary depending on the practitioner available. A class of 30 can have a great time exploring the majority of the activities we have available. On the other hand Kwame with 60 drums is able to see 420 children in one...

African Activities on CBeebies!

African Activities received a request from CBeebies to be filmed for their popular 'Let's go Club' series. We were delighted to share our Key stage 1 school workshops with them.  We contacted a number of schools, all of whom were delighted...

African Activities School workshops with Hurlingham Academy

A wonderful day being inspired by students at the Hurlingham Academy.   “This was an absolutely fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. The performance at the end of the day made them feel incredibly proud and confident - a brilliant day facilitated...

African Activities at Henley College

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Black History Month

Black History Month Kwame Bakoji-Hume Founder African Activities Well this is a thorny old issue! Both the summer and black history month constitute African Activities’ busiest times of year. We run secondary school workshops and primary school workshops all month. So...

How do workshops work for you?


Our team will work with you to get the best outcome to reach your objectives.

A session can be from 7 separate classes a day or we can work intensively with one class.


As standard we work with a class at a time, if you have space we are happy to work with larger groups. Dance, song and storytelling lend themselves to this.

Class length?

We recommend classes of 60 minutes, though 40 is possible.

We are very happy to work on longer more in depth projects and installations

Mixing activities?

Depending on the practitioner available you may mix in as many activities as you have time for. There is no additional charge for this so why not follow an arty morning with a musical afternoon?

Whats needed?

Very Little! Your African arts teacher will bring all of the materials for your workshop. The exception to this is recycling. We can bring materials but we feel the collection is a valuable part of the process for the children

How much?

Options run from 50p – £16 per student. Please fill out our quick quote form and we will get right back to you with a proposal for an African workshop in your school.

What our customers say

“Informative, lively and culturally fascinating, a fantastic experience.”

Plaistow Primary School

Knowledgeable and professional approach, whilst fully engaging the students with enthusiasm. ”

Uffculme School