Melan Magazine accepted the invitation to the Lux Afrique Polo Day pre-event press day earlier this month for a day of food, fun and, of course, polo.
The Lux Afrique Polo Day is the first and only polo event dedicated to Africa in the UK. Our Editor-In-Chief Joy Joses joined other invited press delegates to preview the now extremely popular annual event. The fourth official edition of the event will take place on Saturday 30 July at the Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey.
The primary aim of the Lux Afrique Polo Day is to showcase the growing sport and to provide a platform for the young and emerging African talent who will be competing against each other on the day.
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More than just a sporting event however, the Lux Afrique Polo Day is well-known for attracting ultra-high net worth individuals from across the African continent and Europe, providing a unique opportunity for networking among global luxury brands.
Founder of the Lux Afrique brand, serial entrepreneur Alexander Amosu shared a few words to kick off the day. He said: “The day is all about how we can support the polo industry when it comes to African players. Often when I talk about this and tell people that Black people play polo, people look at me with shock! The truth of the matter is we have been playing polo in Africa for centuries. In fact, a number of countries in Africa have a polo playing club. Nigeria as an example has about five or six polo clubs, some of which have been playing for centuries.”
“We’re not doing anything new; we are simply highlighting these fantastic players.”
“We wanted a day that we can celebrate to say, ‘this is ours’. There’s Wimbledon, there’s the Grand Prix; apart from festivals, we’re very good at festivals [laughs], I couldn’t pinpoint a sporting day that is ours, that we could come together and celebrate our culture, wear our clothes, eat our food and feel proud to be there. This is what Lux Afrique Polo Day is all about.”
During the press day, invited guests were treated to lessons on how to play polo on wooden horses and to take turns riding a horse. For many, this was the first time mounting a horse and so was a wonderful experience.
As you would expect from a luxury Africa-centred event, the cuisine was excellent. Created by four extremely talented African chefs who unveiled a sample menu fit for kings; more of the same will be available on the actual day. Likewise, guests can look forward to a top-notch drinks list, filled with creative cocktails prepared by expert mixologists.
If the press day is anything to go by, guests to the main event on 30 July are in for a real treat. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Pick out your outfit to match the theme ‘African Boldness’, [of course!] and be prepared to have a wonderfully, exhilarating day in the company of likeminded guests. Hope to see you there!
The fourth Lux Afrique Polo Day is on Saturday 30 July 2022.
Venue & After Party: Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club, Horsham Lane, Ewhurst Green, Surrey, GU6 7SW.