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Court circuit – Embassy 13 – Nov/Dec 2008


CCL Patron Princess Helena Gagarin-Moutafian and Embassy editor Elizabeth Stewart

All the fun of the fair
The Commonwealth Fair was the perfect tonic to infuse some festive cheer in the diplomatic corps. Missions from 34 Commonwealth countries joined together for a festival of world food, music and dance with a steel band from Trinidad and Tobago, Bollywood dancing, some serious booty-shaking from the Bahamas and a beauty pageant in which Miss Nigeria was crowned Miss Commonwealth. In between all that guests could snap up arts and craft from around the world – from Sri Lankan silver to South African beadwork. Reminding guests where the proceeds of the fair go was an inspirational speech by Ladi Dariya from Nigeria, whose education was sponsored by the Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund.

PHOTOS: PIERRE DE VILLIERS


The High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda Carl Roberts, his wife Pauline Roberts and Curliss Bart


British tipple – Andrew Bennett (IDS) and Matthew Betts (IDS) at the joint IDS-YDL stand


Sri Lanka High Commissioner Nihal Jayasinghe, his wife Indira and the team from the High Commission


Datin Munah Aziz, wife of the Malaysian High Commissioner at the Malaysian store


Commonwealth Fair President Cecilia Muchemi and the contestants for Miss Commonwealth 2008


Booty shaking to the music of Bahamian singer Roachie Clinton

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Nabila Asif at the Pakistani store


Simangalisso Lisa Gumende, wife of the High Commissioner for Mozambique with traditional mud mask and headdress


Gambian goodies – Ida Joof sells colourful slippers and kaftans


Bollywood Dancing from Sonal and Janki Gadhia


Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma and his wife Babli Sharma


Miss Nigeria is crowned Miss Commonwealth 2008

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