We as a people are the African Diaspora. 

Skin I’m In is honoured to announce that the annual One Diaspora Gala will be held on Saturday 19 October at the beautifully impressive, Encore.  Created for us by us, in celebration of the skin we are in and black excellence. 



Dr. Eji Ekeanyanwu


Dr Eji Ekeanyanwu is a General Practitioner and business owner in country Victoria.  

He is a founding partner of the St Anthony’s Family Medical Practice which owns and runs several practices across the state.

Eji was born in Nigeria where he obtained his primary medical degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and then emigrated to South Africa where he studied family medicine at the University of Pretoria, which led to him obtaining a fellowship in family medicine from the College of Family Physicians of South Africa.

On arrival to Australia, and for the following 2 years, Eji worked as a Registrar for Frankston hospital before becoming a General Practitioner in Rochester.  

When not at work, Eji can be found cycling across one of the numerous picturesque country roads around Echuca.  He is also an avid soccer/football supporter and a strong advocate of community involvement and support.

Fondly known as Dr Eji, he is married to Rashika and they have two children, Oluchi and Nkiru.




Samuelson has a background in marketing and market research and holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Lecturer in Marketing at RMIT University and the Program Manager for the Blue Nile African Business Masterclass at the University of Melbourne. He teaches Marketing Management, Brand Management and Consumer Behaviour. 

Prior to becoming an academic, Samuelson worked in market research and brand consulting for Kantar Millward Brown in West Africa, advising clients such as for Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Etisalat. Samuelson also consults for start-ups and entrepreneurs on how to build and sustain strong brands.






Judi Love is a Stand Up Comedian, Vlogger, Actress and Writer. 

One of the brightest new stars on the stand-up circuit, she won Comedian of the Year at last year’s UK Entertainment Awards and is loved for her brilliant, totally engaging brand of stand-up comedy.  Judi uses every day relatable situations that people from all walks of life can identify with and turns them in comedy gold. 

A producer of many hilarious international viral comedy sketches, Judi recently hosted the London Film Critics’ Circle Award; the first black person to do so in the awards’ 105-year history.  With two degrees and a masters to her name, she hosts her own weekly BBC Radio London show and performed in front of 10.000 people in London’s Wembley Arena for Comic Relief.




Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Walla C is a DJ and Radio Presenter who has also established himself as one of Melbourne’s most inventive music producers.  Last year, he was part of a talented line-up at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and has performed at many local and international venues. 






Consciously Kyah is a Toronto born artist and creative, currently living in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia.

She explores themes of inner and outer space through rhythmic use of the English language. Creating a distinct sound– a gentle fusion of music and poetry; sometimes using nothing but her voice to move her audience.

The subtle tremors in vocals, the cadence and selective choice of tone create an atmosphere for both audience and artist to meet.

Consciously Kyah has taken the stage at festivals like Strawberry Fields, Blue Black Beatz, One Beat One Love, Emerging Writers Festival, and her very own production titled ‘Seeping’ at Melbourne Fringe Festival.




Amadou Suso is today’s generation’s direct line descendent of the very first Kora master who lived 760 years ago. Amadou Suso’s lineage goes directly back to Korea Musa Suso, and born to the life of a musician, or Jaly, he lives true to his origins, combining a deep knowledge of Gambian traditional music with a passion for the contemporary possibilities of his own musical journey.

Amadou first started playing the Kora when he was 6 years old and was shorter than the instrument itself. He has since travelled the world and brings to life the depth of mandinka history and fuses it with contemporary mastery of the African harp.

Mesmerizing as a solo performer, Amadou has also brought together The Senegambian Jazz Band; a collective of musicians who merge traditional African percussion and song with improvisation.






Encore is located in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay in the heart of St Kilda beachfront. Tullamarine Domestic and International Airport is located just 30 kilometres from the venue.



There are 420 car spaces available within the St Kilda Sea Baths Complex. The parking rate is $22.00 for 6-24 hours. Pre-paid passes can be arranged for $14.00 per pass but a minimum of 10 day’s notice is required. To request a pass, please contact us at



  • Tullamarine Domestic and International Airport (MEL) - 30 kilometres

  • Avalon Domestic Airport - 58 kilometres



  • Tram 3/3a, Route 33, stop at The Esplanade

  • Tram 16, Route 33, stop at The Esplanade

  • Tram 96, Route 33, stop at The Esplanade


At Skin I’m In we love to encourage networking and building relationships within our community.  Our past guests have included professionals and businesses from many industries including health, legal, engineering, banking and finance, IT, art and culture and not for profits. 

There is plenty of opportunity for introductions and making some new contacts for your profession, business and mentees so don’t be shy.

This night is the chance for you to be inspired, engaged and entertained but most importantly to feel a sense of pride and belonging.  Enjoy!

Please contact us at if you would like more information.


Included in your ticket: international entertainers, live music, a 4-course dinner with canapes, premium all-night drinks.

ticket (single)

$269 per person
Members receive 10% off. 


table (8 tickets)

A table of 8 to share with your family and friends.
$255 per person
Members receive 10% off.

dress code

Black tie.

Come sleek, chic, and ready for the red carpet!
Visit our Instagram for inspiration.




q: when will tickets be delivered?

a: All tickets will be mailed to guests via Australia Post on 20 September 2019.  Any tickets purchased after this date will be mailed within 2-3 days of receipt of payment.


q: will I receive a receipt for payment?

a: Yes. All purchases will be confirmed via email within 24 hours of purchase and an electronic receipt/tax invoice provided. 


q: what about dietary requirements?

a: Dietary requirements can be noted at checkout when purchasing tickets. Alternatively, you may email us at with dietary requirements within 7 days of your ticket purchase.


q: can i be seated next to my friends and family?

a: Please email us at with your request within 7 days of ticket purchase.


q: do you offer refunds before the event?

a: No. as per our terms and refunds policy, refunds will only be given in the event that Skin I’m In cancels, reschedules or significantly relocates the event.


q: what is the dress code?

a: This is a black-tie event so please come sleek, chic, and ready for the red carpet i.e. tuxedo, gown, cocktail dress


q: can i invite friends within other communities?

a: Absolutely. The event is open to anyone who supports the celebration of the skin we are in.


q: can we buy tickets at the door?

a: No. This is an advance ticket event only. All tickets must be purchased no later than 10 days prior to the event date.


q: i want to become a member of Skin i'm in, how do I do that?

a: That’s great news.  Click here and complete our online form. Someone from the Skin I’m In team will contact you within 24-48 hours.  


q: is there an age limit for the gala?

a: There is a minimum age requirement of 16 years. 


q: we would like to promote our business at your event, how do we go about this?

a: We would love to collaborate with you.  Request a copy of our sponsorship brochure here and someone from the Skin I’m In team will contact you. 


Is there anything else you would like to know?  Email us at







one diaspora artwork

The artwork seen throughout the One Diaspora Gala branding draws inspiration from geography and storytelling to illustrate a 'One Diaspora' through symbolism and modern hieroglyphic language. Centred around a journey/movement through the many countries (land/sea) that make up the African diaspora; we celebrate our diversified and colour-filled representation of oneness working in harmony as a global community.