The Bongo

The Bongo, Middlesbrough. 2022. Image credit : Rachel Deakin.
The Bongo, Middlesbrough. 2016. Image credit : p.a Morbid

In 1963 Abdillahi Warsama was turned away from a London venue for being black and opened the Bongo as a place where everyone was welcome. Originally the Kenya Café, one of the first places in Middlesbrough to sell curry, it was a favourite with visiting sailors who were unused to the bland British diet.

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