In Loving Memory of
Vernon Shabaka Thompson
Mr. Vernon Thompson, popularly known as ‘Shabaka’, was a Cultural Leader with extensive experience in carnival, theatre, event management and production, working over three (3) decades in Canada, Trinidad, the United Kingdom and Africa. Up to the time of his transition, Shabaka was an Executive Director with Zmirage UK and an Artisan Consultant and Entrepreneur with De CORE Ltd, UK. He was an ardent carnival practitioner producing costumes for Notting Hill, Nottingham, Calabar (Nigeria) and Trinidad carnivals.
Together with Ashton Moore (aka The Mighty Tiger), Shabaka was instrumental in initiating the London Calypso Tent in partnership with the Association of British Calypsonians in 1992 (now ACASA). In 2004, he received an Arts Council Fellowship Award for two months study of the Miami Carnival and in 2005 he became the Acting CEO of the London Notting Hill Carnival.
As the Director of London’s leading African Combined Arts Centre, the Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre (London), Shabaka initiated and realised the Carnival Village project for the development and sustenance of Carnival Art in London and all its related industries, a project of which he was the initial Chief Executive.
Shabaka lectured in schools, colleges and universities, conducted Theatre in Education (TIE) workshops in primary and secondary schools across the United Kingdom, and presented papers at national and international Carnival Arts conferences. His theatre involvement included acting and directing, spanning various countries. Shabaka was in the process of completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Carnival Arts Studies, having previously attained his Master of Arts in Carnival Studies, both at The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).
Shabaka’s ultimate vision was to contribute to the economic liberation of African people through empowerment, leadership, and the development of sustainable institutions and communities.
Shabaka is survived by his wife Angela, son Oba, mother Elise, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and extended family members.
To commemorate the Legacy of Shabaka, I will continue the way we started our married life:
If you would like to give more than what is nice
We hope you do not mind us suggesting a
That would be nice
Mrs Angela Duncan-Thompson
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