It is with sadness and heartache that I announce my stepping down as Afrifest Foundation's Executive Director at year's end. As I move forward to explore new opportunities and a new home, I look back with fond memories and pride at the incredible journey and labor of love Afrifest has been for me personally. It was never easy starting something new and getting a lot of diverse and culturally unique folks to work together to see themselves in a new light and not by their country of origin or ethnic heritage, but it was worth every drop of sweat and tear shed in the pursuit of that dream.
To my long-time collaborator, Professor Joseph Mbele, who refused to allow me to quit when the going was really tough and encouraged me every step of the way, I say THANK YOU. To Wycliff Chakua, Afrifest Foundation's Treasurer and long-time supporter, I say THANK YOU. To our past and present board members, supporters, sponsors, vendors, artists, etc... I say THANK YOU for your support and trust over the years.
To learn more about the history and the origins of Afrifest and the Afrifest Foundation, please click on this link Afrifest- Festival History
Change is ever constant and it should never be feared, but looked upon as a chance for opportunity and renewal. I leave the festival and Foundation's future in the hands of the community and the board of directors to renew, direct, and plot a new course and continue the dream that was started in 2007.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous and enlightening future going forward!
Your Donations Are Crucial in Helping Us Achieve Our Goals…Please Donate Today!
Afrifest Foundation needs your support to achieve the following goals:
*Arts and Culture Education — Promote and foster the development of Pan African arts and culture education and support other organizations, events, and community groups in their pursuit of Pan African arts education excellence.
*Pan African Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness Training — Consultancy services to organizations, educators, and governmental bodies as they seek to interact with and serve the diverse Pan African community.
*Pan African Arts and Cultural Center-Develop, fundraise, and execute plans for a Pan African Arts and Cultural Center.
Our goals are ambitious, but with your help, and with the help of our Pan African Village, friends, and clients we can achieve them. Thank You For Your Generous Support!!!
Our 10th year anniversary planning is well under way and we are very excited! New Partners, New Vendors, and New Sponsors are joining this celebration of Pan Africans in MN and the USA. We have available volunteer opportunities and ALL our members, friends, and supporters can help us make this year's festival unique and wonderful by shopping smile.amazon.com and choosing Afrifest Foundation as your charity. Or just click on the link below.