Award winning hosts announced for Eid festival, Burgess Park

Organisers of the largest Eid festival taking place in South London, Eid At The Park, have secured two award-winning hosts to present the festival’s modest catwalk show, writes Regina Motalib.

Naeem Yasin, 30 (pictured above), is the winner of leading modelling contest, Top Model UK 2018.

Naeem will be hosting the festival from Burgess Park in Camberwell.

He describes himself as having come from a conservative and working class household with a strong emphasis on academia.

As well as walking for runways such as London Fashion Week, Naeem is a qualified and practicing optometrist, a job he loves.

He added: “I’m delighted to take part in Eid At The Park as it’s a truly diverse event which is for all South Londoners, not just Muslims.

“As well as presenting I will be walking for the modest catwalk.

I started modelling at the relatively late age of 28 and feel blessed to have achieved so much and hope I can inspire other young British Muslims to enter and succeed in this competitive field.”

The talented young man also shot a television commercial with football superstar Lionel Messi.

Joining him as co-host is writer and poet Rakaya Esime Fetuga, the title holder of the Roundhouse Poetry Grand Slam 2018.

Writer and Poet, Rakaya Esime Fetuga

Rakaya, who is of dual West African heritage, is also the Spoken Word Winner for the Young Poets Laureate for London’s Poetry Competition.

Her works join conversations on faith, women, heritage and identity.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining the Eid At The Park team for celebrations in Southwark this year. Events like these, free and open to all the local community, showcase the diversity and inclusiveness which represents the London I grew up in.”

Eid At The Park takes place in Burgess Park on August 21 and 22 between 11-8pm with Eid prayers on Eid day at 10am.

As well as a modest catwalk show, visitors can expect funfair rides from Irvin Leisure, International halal food, a children’s Islamic poetry and song contest, VIP speakers and Islamic storytelling for children, as well as gift stalls and henna and face painting.

More information is available at www.eidatthepark.co.uk and via social media channels at @eidatthepark.

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