Gele Galore, raising awareness about sisterhood through charity

I bet you are wondering; what is this exotic sounding event? Well, you're not the only one! That was my first question too.  So I'll give you a little hint before I get started, it's all in the name; Gele. Still, haven't guessed what it is?


Gele is the head wrap Nigerian women wear to celebrations. It is made out of a stiff fabric moulded into any shape of your choice. And so, the Gele Galore event surrounded around this theme - culture. Here's the fun part: every attendee was given the choice of wearing a styled Gele to really experience and appreciate what it's like to wear one. How cool is that! So it wasn't compulsory to wear a Gele, but the attendees were able to show off their cultural clothing (dress code: cultural evening wear) which made it such a lovely, culturally celebratory evening.

But now you're wondering; why did all these ladies get together, wrapped in gelees and what not, all clad in wonderful cultural dress? Sadaqah. Sadaqah jariyah to be specific (a continuous charity is an action that someone does that remains active even after the person is dead) The team of sisters who established Gele Galore did so after the passing of a really close friend as a means of sadaqah jariyah for her. Her passing at such a tender age was a sharp reminder that we have to use the time and means that we have been blessed with to strive to build our akhirah and purse all within the Dunya that would connect us with our Lord and benefit the Muslim Ummah.

Every year, the team hold an event to raise awareness about sisterhood, raising money for their sister to increase her in good deeds to carry on even after death. The idea is excellent and truly beautiful, to have friends worrying about your akhirah even when you are no longer in their presence is extremely heart warming. This year the event was to raise money for the Muslim brothers and sisters in Rohingya, Myanmar, Alhamdulillah they raised £6705.45.

The ethos for the night was gratitude; it was the main theme and the most topic discussed throughout the evening. I thought it was truly an eye opener for all, to reflect and look into what we are grateful for. The event also had a mini souk for businesses to sell their products. Barakah London was there (surprise!)
All in all, it was a fabulous evening, combining some important lessons on Dunya and thought-provoking reminders. In sha Allah we all have friends that love us and remember us in such a beautiful way when we pass away.

Hope to see some of you guys here next year.

Gele Galore Instgram here

14 comments

  1. Wow looks like a lovely charity event thanks for sharing lovely pictures well written to

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  2. Charity events are absolutely fantastic as anything done to help the mankind is fabulous!

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  3. I always thought Rohingya is totally being ignored by the world. I always felt sad about it. I'm happy to find out about this charity event. I really hope help will continue to grow for the remaining refugees, since most were already massacred.

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    1. Ameen. It is truly sad. One of the main reasons I wanted to attend the event was because they were raising money for Rohingya

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  4. Beautiful photos! It's looks like a fantastic venue! I love the photo frame I see alot of them around now there so much fun

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    1. Thank you. I too loved the photoframe so much that I ended up buying one for myself.

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  5. Love the pictures, this was so beautifully set up mashallah!!! (www.beautywithzainy.com and www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

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  6. Wow love the pictures😍 I am sure it was such a lovely event ❤
    I wish I could attend this next time too😭

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    1. Thank you my love. In Sha Allah you will attend. x

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  7. Photos are crisp mashaAllah. So did you wear a gele? Also are they Nigerians? Must be pretty...maybe someday InshaAllah

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    1. Thank you, yes they are Nigerians. I am ashamed to admit I didn't get a chance to wear the gele, but I did have the pleasure to watch it getting wrapped onto someones head. It is an art work in it self.

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