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2021 ACAWF SPEAKERS

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Seestah IMAHKÜS first visited Ghana in 1987 and repatriated from New York City in 1990, with her husband, Nana Okofo Iture Kwaku I Ababio, a retired New York City Firefighter.  Unfortunately, her Kingman & best friend was killed by a hit and run driver in Accra on 3 July 2007.   She is the CEO and owner of a beautiful Health Resort, Restaurant and Wellness Centre, including a Tour Service located in Iture – Elmina; One Africa was recognized by the Ghana Tourist Board as one of Ghana’s leading Guest Houses and Tour operation services.

She also offers Consultancy Services (“Prepatriation” Preparing for Repatriation), to provide guidance and information for individuals and families seeking to return to Ghana for the purpose of residence, business, study or tourism. One Africa is also a licensed Tour Service. For the past twenty-six years, Seestah IMAHKÜS has worked within the Ghanaian community.  One of her pet projects in addition to the education of the children is finding donors who will assist in drilling Bore Holes in villages that are without water. She is the author of “Returning Home Ain’t Easy But it Sure Is A Blessing” and “A Travel Guide, Points to Ponder When Considering Repatriate Home to Mother Afrika to Live or Visit.” She has also co-authored “Ababio, (He/She Who Has Returned)”; A 21st Century Anthology of African Diasporan returnees to Ghana.   Her books are extraordinary manifestations of her personal experiences while demonstrating what it takes to settle and make Ghana their home. IMAHKÜS is a prolific writer and her candid sense of humor makes for an admirable, enjoyable yet serious and commendable read. A dynamic Story Teller, IMAHKÜS stimulates your imagination as she takes you on her journey of repatriation to her ancestral homeland. Her writings breed an air of familiarity, instantly drawing you into her pulsating journeys.

Seestah IMAHKÜS is a Public Speaker and Consultant who knows Ghana like the back of her hand.  She travels extensively, covering other parts of Africa, gathering research material for future writings and tourism destinations, which impact on the positive images of Africa today.  Seestah IMAHKÜS has written articles and been interviewed by various magazines and newspapers (Essence Magazine, Peoples Magazine, The New York Daily News, New Africa Magazine, The Final Call Newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, The Global Black Experience (WLIB-NYC), Rootz Reggae & Kulcha Publications, Escape Artists.com and Ghanaian Times).  She is one of the founding members of the Universal Pan African Diasporan Coalition of Ghana; Member of the African American Association of Ghana; Central Region African Ascendant Association of Ghana; the Patron of the Institute of Afrikology and the Afrika Day Foundation of Durban, South Africa. Email: oneafrica_ghana@yahoo.com; Website: www.oneafricaghana.com; Facebook: imahkusnjingaokofu, One Africa Resort and YouTube: oneafricaghana[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1223″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

FARAH YAZID

Farah wants to create a world full of people that aren’t afraid of being their authentic selves. She wants to help bring people out of the hurt of their past, enhance their present, and help them manifest the future they have always imagined for themselves.

With a naturopath healer mother and a graphic designer father she’s worked with herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes. Through her father she was exposed to many different artistic mediums. After falling in love with the powers of healing crystals she found her calling as a energy healer and with her artistic roots crystal jewelry came naturally

As a artist, designer, and healer with more than 10 years experience, she has worked behind the camera styling full looks for events,  photo shoots, and video shoots, learning the healing properties of crystals, and hand making custom jewelry for everyday clients.

Whens she’s not designing, manifesting, consulting with new clients, or exploring new art you can find her trying out new nail art designs, watching the latest blockbuster, or soaking up the sun on the beach.

If you’re interested in her art portfolio or nail art you can find it at www.farahyazid.com[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1229″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Elivava

Tina Mensah better known by her stage name Elivava The African Gold (or Elivava for short), is an Afro Jazz, Afro Pop recording artist, singer, songwriter, Performer and choreographer. She is a native of New Baika in the Buem District of Volta Region in Ghana.

After working as a background singer and choreographer with most of the top and popular artistes in Ghana such as, Rocky Dawuni, Ally Keita, Kojo Antwi, Afro Moses, Samini, VIP and  Atongo

Elivava’s debut as a soloist came in June 2005 at Fête de la Musique, a music event held at Alliance française – Ghana.

Her style of music is a medley of Afro Rock, Afro Beat and Soul with an underlined easy listening World Music Approach. She sings in several languages including Ewe, Ga and Twi. Others include English and French.

In her maiden album, “I Live 4Ever“, Elivava wrote all but two of the songs on the album and arranged the material with the help of experienced colleagues like Bessa Simmons (Osibisa),

She is passionate about her singing and this is discernible in her voice as it rises and falls in accordance with the moods she creates with the different songs and their diverse messages Elivava was influenced by the works of vocalist and performer Miriam Makeba and music legend, Billie Holiday, who she used as her study piece whilst she studied her jazz skills and techniques.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1227″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Adama  Alaji

Minister on behalf of the Cosmic Community for Conscious Cosmic Citizenship, she is consciously working towards the harmonization, unification, and reconciliation of individual and collective purposes, duties, responsibilities and identities with the Truths of Existence to establish Creator Knowledge, Creation Knowledge and Self-Knowledge as key to Liberation and Emancipation for All Orders of Being.

…Inspirational Lifestyle Change and Wholistic Wellness Consultant, consciously working towards the total integration and exaltation of the whole being through physical, mental, and spiritual consultation, counseling and readings; Adama provides reinforcement, practical support, inspiration and assistance in creating the most expeditious path towards one’s wholeness.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1310″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Penelope Prempeh

A highly competent and enthusiastic Fitness Consultant with proven abilities in helping people to achieve their fitness goals. Penelope possesses a successful track record of evaluating a client’s personal fitness, understanding their needs and then developing a practical and achievable workout routine for them to reach their targets.

Penelope Prempeh has the necessary communications skills required to gain clients trust and thereby their business. Indeed during the last 12 months, she successfully signed up over 220 new gym members.

She Works closely with clients to develop personalised health and fitness plans, offers advice on nutrition as well as encouraging clients, giving them feedback and keeping track of their development.

She is meticulous in her selection of a set of exercises for a client to achieve maximum results, devising fitness programs for weight loss, muscle gain and rehabilitation, conducting fitness and exercise classes, measuring & assessing blood pressure, heart rate, body fat ratio, designing and advising on dietary plans, tracking client’s progress and accurately updating their record and explaining to clients the results they can expect from exercise regimes.

Penelope Prempeh’s specialization evolves Yoga, Personal Training, Lifestyle assessments and Nutrition.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”90px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1312″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

BEATRICE AFFUL

Beatrice Afful is Ghana’s fitness Ambassador and a certified fitness expert, a Natural Health Therapist and a certified raw food expert; she helps individuals on how to effectively incorporate fitness and nutrition into their busy everyday lives. She strongly believe health and wellness is a personal conversation one must have in other not to look your age, Beatrice, popularly known as (Bea Debully) is in her fifties and has over a decade of experience in the fitness sector attesting to the tremendous impact on one’s health and looks.

She is the founder of BeaFit and the lead trainer; she is also the official trainer of the award winning weight loss program called Fat2fit.  Beadebully runs the biggest space open aerobics in the country at Aburi Mountains, Peduase Lodge, where she trains all kinds of people who walks up the hill every Saturday and holidays; she trains corporate institutions, companies, churches, groups, fitness clubs etc. Beatrice is a mother of three.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1232″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Dr. Aris LaTham, PhD.

The 2012 Second Edition of Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America acclaims:
‘…the raw food movement owes much to Dr. Aris LaTham, a native of Panama, he is considered
to be the father of gourmet ethical raw foods cuisine in America. He debut his raw food creations
in 1979, when he started Sunfired Foods, a live food company in Harlem, New York. In the
years since he has trained thousands of raw food chefs and added innumerable recipes to his repertoire.’

Dr. Airs LaTham spent his early higher education years at the University of Legon in Ghana, as
well as New York University, and graduated from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) with a
B.A. in Education and Spanish. He also completed graduate studies at California State University
Fullerton, with majors in Linguistics and Bilingual Education, where he was a polyglot scholar
of Kiswahili, Sanskrit, Italian, Arabic, and Ebonics. As an educator, professor LaTham taught
Spanish, Kiswahili and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the secondary school level in
New York City and the State of New Jersey.

He was on the faculty of California’s College of San Mateo, Fullerton Community College, and
Sullivan Language Institute. He also taught at Cornell University in Ithaca New York and Brown
University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. LaTham was an administrator at the Tanganyika
International School in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He also served as a Bilingual Curriculum
Writer and Second Language Specialist for the San Francisco and San Bernardino Unified
School Districts in California. Dr. Aris LaTham was the keynote presenter at the 2009
International Vegan Festival in Rio de Janeiro and lectures in the School of Nutrition at
Universidad Federal Autonoma de Brasil, Florianopolis Campus in Brazil.
In 2004 Dr. LaTham was honored as a keynote presenter to the 36th World Vegetarian Congress
in Florianopolis, Brazil, in 2005 at the European Vegetarian Congress in Riccione, Italy and at
the 2009 International Vegan Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Aris LaTham was born in Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. He is a direct descendant of an
African-Caribbean family of Culinary Griots who has become a world renown crusader in the
area of wholesome foods. His linguistic and culinary interests have been shared with many
diverse people throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, the Caribbean and Europe
Dr. LaTham, who is self-learned in the Culinary Arts and Sciences through his private ten thousand-volume library collection, is the originator of SUNFIRED CUISINE and PARADISE PIES. SUNFIRED FOODS have been featured by Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Food Network, Temple University Medical School Forum, Organic Food Producers Association of North America, Family Channel’s ‘Body by Jake’, CNBC: Alive and Wellness, ABC: Eye Witness News, CBS News, Jamaica’s CVM TV, and TVJ’s Frontline with Ian Boyne and numerous Worldwide Television and Radio Magazines. He was an Executive Chef at Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Dr. Aris LaTham, ‘The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a vegetarian for 43 years and has eaten Sunfired Foods exclusively for the past 37 years. He was voted one of the top vegetarian chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine. He has been featured in Essence, Jamaican Eats, Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Quest, Upscale, UK’s Balance, and Japan’s Tarzan Fitness  Dr. Aris LaTham, PhD. Sunfired Food Scientist, Linguist & Educator Magazines. Newspapers, including the Washington Post, Philadelphia Enquirer, Harlem’s Amsterdam News, Jamaica’s Gleaner and Observer, have reviewed the Sunfired Cuisine… Dr. LaTham was the featured chef at the Raw Food Masters Culinary Showcase at Swept Away Resort in Negril. He has served as an Executive Food Service Consultant to Island Outpost’s Strawberry Hill Resort in Irish Town and the Kingston Hilton Hotel in Jamaica. He is currently engaged in the training of vegetarian and raw food chefs for other major international resorts and hotels. ‘Sunfired Edible Arts’, education, nutrition, detox, catering, and consulting services are available through the SUNFIRED CULINARY ECO-ORGANIC RESORT located at Aguas Claras Cottages, Playa Cocles, Costa Rica.

SUNFIRED CUISINE delicacies have been catered to numerous celebrities and dignitaries including former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Dr. Alvenia Fulton, Ann Wigmore, Sly Dunbar, Barbara Streisand, Dennis Weaver, Dick Gregory, Dexter King, Marilyn and Harvey Diamond, Angela Bofil, Iyanla Vanzant, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Erykah Badu, Tony Rebel, Demi Moore, Mutabaruka, Rita Marley, Sam Nujoma, Prince, Betty Shabazz, Depak Chopra, Aley Sheedi, Ben Vereen, Dr. Neil Barnard, Chris Blackwell, Philip Michael Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Cicely Tyson, Lenox Lewis, Senator Alcee Hastings, Sidney Poitier, Eddie Albert, Susan Taylor, Jewel Diamond Taylor, Les Brown, Ed Asner, Gene Pearson, Alicia Silverstone, Aisha Khalil, Dave Stewart and Rushelle Farrell Dr. Aris LaTham has been sought after to present and cater to organizations such as: The United States Congress, Agape MinistryNational Medical Association ConventionWash. DC Commission of Public HealthWashington Hospital Cancer InstituteUnited Nation AIDS (UNAIDS)National Institute of Health, Green FestivalOhio Mental Health CommissionHalf Moon Hotel, Montego Bay, JamaicaThe Discovery Channel, Raw Spirit FestivalPanama Breast Cancer Awareness Audubon Society Earth DayTotal Expo Health Canada, New Life ExpoSan Diego World Beat CenterNational Health Federation ConventionWhole Life Expo, Cancer Control SocietyYoga and Raw Food ExpoSt Lucia Wellness Day, Princes Cruise ShipsBarbados Organic WellnessDominica Health and Wellness Expo Dr. Aris LaTham was the President, co-founder and Master Chef of Green City Market and Café in Bethesda, Maryland, and managed the Queen of Sheba Restaurant at The Bob Marley Museum.

He has done extensive product development consulting for The Beverly Hills Wellness Center, Nutiva, Guest Services, Swept Away Resorts, Mother’s Market and Kitchen, Beverly Hills Juice Club and Whole Foods Markets.

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CHEF BEEE

Natasha Brewley, better known as Chef Beee of Essentially Chef Beee|Nyansapo Wellness Institute, Inc. is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Author of the recipe book Let Plants Nourish You. The mission of Nyansapo Wellness Institute is to promote wellness through a plant-based diet and to educate individuals and communities to make healthy food and lifestyle choices that find difficulty making these changes on their own. She studied raw food preparation at the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta and gained her certification as an integrative nutrition health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. During her training, she was exposed to over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She is currently working on a second health coaching certification through Legacy Holistic Health Institute. Chef Beee strives to help people transition to a plant-based diet by showing individuals how easy it is to prepare healthy meals by offering food preparation and demonstration classes. She hosts a bi-weekly plant-based cooking show on Facebook called, Stirrin’ It Up with Chef Beee and Friends where she demonstrates how to make simple and healthy plant-based meals.

Chef Beee is also very passionate about sharing with others the benefits of certified pure essential oils in order to maintain balance in the body and mind. She also strives to introduce others to drugless and natural means to regain their health in order to experience true wellness. Chef Beee also holds her PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia, Masters in Applied Mathematics and MBA in Finance from Clark Atlanta University and Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College. You can find Chef Beee on social media and on the web on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. There you will find recipes and what Chef Beee is up to around the City of Atlanta. Visit www.ChefBeee.com for more information.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1228″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

MUTABARUKA

His poems have given voice to a nation and helped forge an entirely new genre of music, dub/rhythm poetry. Revolutionary, fiery, scathing, and stinging, Mutabaruka’s words are as potent on paper as on CD, and so the literary community needed to create a new term just for his works — meta-dub. Born in Rae Town, Jamaica, on December 12, 1952, Allan Hope first realized the power of the word when he was in his teens. It was the ’60s; the Black Power movement was at its height, and numerous radical leaders were putting their thoughts and histories in print. Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver formed the roots of Hope’s own aspirations, although his initial career choice was far removed from their paths. Leaving school, the young man apprenticed as an electrician, and took a job at the Jamaican Telephone Company. Hope was already writing, however, and in 1971 he quit his job to pursue his craft full-time. He moved away from the hustle and bustle of Kingston out to the quiet of the Potosi hills, in the parish of Saint James. Not long after, one of his poems was accepted by Swing magazine and from that point on, they would regularly publish his work.

In 1973, Hope formed the band Truth, his first attempt to combine his words with music. By now, the poet had converted to Rastafarianism and taken the name Mutabaruka. Not a word, but a phrase, mutabaruka comes from the Rwandan language and translates as “one who is always victorious.” Even as roots was taking hold, Truth did not find a following. However, Mutabaruka was finding fans in the literary world after the publication of his collection, Outcry, in 1973. The following year brought further recognition with the poem “Wailin’,”dedicated to Bob Marley, and written around Wailers song titles. Two years later, Sun and Moon, a shared volume of poetry with Faybiene, arrived to much acclaim. In 1977, Mutabaruka once again turned to the stage, and gave several live performances. Joined by the nyabinghi-fueled group Light of Saba, the poet recorded a version of his poem “Outcry” the next year, and found himself with a Jamaican hit. Meanwhile, guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith had launched his own High Times label as a home for deep roots music, and swiftly signed the poet. Mutabaruka’s star was rising, and his appearance at the National Stadium in Kingston this same year was a smashing success. Over the next few years, he cut a clutch of singles for High Times, and received even further literary acclaim in 1981 with a new volume of poems, The Book: First Poems. That same year, Mutabaruka had a hit with the single “Everytime a Ear De Soun,” while his fiery debut at Reggae Sunsplash was captured for posterity for a live album released in 1982. It was this performance that brought Mutabaruka to international attention, and guaranteed return appearance at the festival over the next two years.

The Mystery UnfoldsHis debut album, Check It, was released in 1983, a dubby classic with the poet accompanied by Smith’s exquisitely rootsy guitar. The album was remastered and reissued by the RAS label in 2001. 1985 saw another successful return to Reggae Sunsplash and a project with the American Heartbeat label, overseeing the compilation of the dub poetry album Work Sound ‘Ave Power: Dub Poets and Dub. A dub accompaniment followed, remixed by Scientist, along with a second dub poetry set, Woman Talk: Caribbean Dub Poetry, this time exclusively featuring women dub and rapso poets. Mutabaruka also struck a distribution deal with the American RAS label, and cemented the partnership with the ferocious The Mystery Unfolds album in 1986. Self-produced and featuring a host of guest musicians and vocalists, including Marcia Griffiths and Ini Kamoze, Mystery was totally uncompromising. Amidst a host of tough tracks was “Dis Poem,” a number meant to puncture not only the listener’s expectations, but the poet’s pretensions as well. One of Mutabaruka’s most entertaining, yet thought-provoking poems, it would later be included in the definitive The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature.

OutcryAlthough neither 1987’s Outcry nor 1989’s Any Which Way…Freedom was quite as radically revolutionary as Mystery, Mutabaruka was quickly establishing himself as both a literary and musical giant, both in Jamaica and abroad. His Reggae Sunsplash appearances in 1987 and 1988 were highly anticipated, and did not disappoint. And while Mutabaruka continued to produce or co-produce his albums, he also occasionally cut singles for other producers, including the hard-hitting “Great Kings of Africa” for Gussie Clarke, which paired him with Dennis Brown. The Blakk Wi Blak…K…K album appeared in 1991, overseen jointly by the poet and Earl “Chinna” Smith, and featured a follow-up to “Kings,” “Great Queens of Afrika,” with guest vocalists Sharon Forrester and Ini Kamoze. It was a stellar album filled with tough talk, including the scathing “Ecology Poem” and the equally biting “People’s Court.” That latter number was followed up on Mutabaruka’s equally excellent album, Melanin Man, which also boasted the stunning “Garvey.” That arrived in 1994, by which time the poet had performed at three more Reggae Sunsplash festivals in 1991, 1993, and 1994; he’d return in both 1995 and 1996. 1994 also saw the launch of Mutabaruka’s own Jamaican radio show on the IRIE-FM station. It was wildly popular, but ironically enough that station banned his song “People’s Court from the airwaves. Two years later, the poet scored a pair of Jamaican hits, both cut for the Exterminator label. “Wise Up” paired Mutabaruka with DJ Sugar Minott, while “Psalms 24″ saw him in collaboration with the deeply religious DJ Luciano. 1996 also brought two albums in its wake, Muta in Dub and Gathering of the Spirits, the latter a spectacular recreation of the roots era, boasting a host of roots stars from the Mighty Diamonds, Sly & Robbie, Culture, and Marcia Griffiths amongst them. That same year, Mutabaruka toured Ethiopia with Tony Rebel, Yasus Afari, and Uton Green.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1222″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Ọbádélé Kambon, PhD

Dr. Ọbádélé “Africano” Kambon has been a practitioner of Capoeira for 20 years with his studies taking him to train most notably in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil, Atlanta, GA (USA), Madison, WI (USA) and Chicago, IL (USA). He is also a member of the Special Advisory Group for the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (ICM).  Dr. Kambon spent his formative years in Chicago, IL, learning capoeira as a practical martial art for self-defense and offense and began instructing Capoeira in 2007 as part of Capoeira Akebelan. During this time he made a Capoeira pilgrimage to Brasil with his then instructor, Valentao, to study the Capoeira Angola style at Associacao da Capoeira Angola and Mestre Joao Pequenos academia while simultaneously studying Capoeira Regional as Academia da Capoeira Mestre Bimba.

In this class, we will begin with a brief history of Capoeira from its Afrikan origin in Angola to its use as an instrument of liberation used by enslaved Afrikans in Brasil to free themselves up to more recent history. Then we will go into exercises tailored for Capoeira as well as some of the basic movements, attacks and escapes/defenses of Capoeira.  We will conclude with a friendly roda, or light sparring session for students to get a chance to practice what they have learned. Dr. Ọbádéléis a senior research fellow & research coordinator in Language, Literature and Drama Section for the Institute of African Studies-College of Humanities at the University of Ghana-Legon.  In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics and the Secretary of the African Studies Association of African (ASAA).  Email: obkambon@ug.edu.gh[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1226″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

AFIA KHALIA

Afia Khalia is a well-known international Artist, Healer/massage Therapist and community activist; who uses her voice as an artist to shine light on our struggles and triumphs as a people. As a massage Therapist her specialty is in energy work. She is the Owner of GTT (Goddess Touch Therapy). And her services range from deep tissue massage, Acupressure, cranial sacral unwinding, to Body-mind readings, and spiritual readings. She also offers classes in massage therapy and energy work.

Afia Khalia is also one of the Co-founders of H.E.R Collective. Which is based here in Ghana and its mission is to uplift and unify all Afrikans across cultural and ethnic lines. She is a mother, a Poet, a community activist, Pan Afrikanist and a New Afrikan nation builder.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1220″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

JaHWi

Viewing his works as a whole, one can easily see his philosophy in life visualized as a physical manifestation of spiritual journeys and lessons. Working with Poetry, Photography, Painting, Music and Graffiti, Kwabena Danso aka JaHWi can best be described as a multi-ability-artist with no boundaries.  JaHWi has been a driving force in the underground music scene in Ghana over the last ten years, his unique fusion of sounds ranging from reggae to rock and hip hop.

He has opened for the likes of Culture, Rocky Dawuni, Kofi Ghanaba, Tony Rebel, Mutabaruka and Dobet Gnahore.  JaHWi’s debut album “Ancient Soul Cries” was released on 24th April 2013, He is currently in the studio working on a second. JaHWi blends a unique range of vocal skills with spoken word and beat boxing. He is passionate about social issues, with themes ranging from self-awareness, spiritual growth, immigration and African unity to Stories from the streets of Accra.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1230″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

MESEYA

Meseya is an international musical ensemble, comprised of singers, dancers, rappers, and composers.   Our members come from all parts of the world:  the United States, South America, the Caribbean, and right here in Ghana.  The group began because of our common belief in Yah and our desire to spread a positive message to our people. We have performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Kenya, and Ghana, at various venues including schools, community centers, prisons, universities, concert halls, outdoor festivals, and churches.  In Ghana, we have performed on several occasions at the National Theater in Accra, the State House, Independence Square, and at various hotels and private venues throughout the country.

We have performed with notable Ghanaian musicians such as Kojo Antwi, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Wiyaala, and Elivava.  One unique feature of the band is that most of our members are women.  We feature women on vocals, bass, saxophone, guitar, violin, cello, keyboard, drums, and on the dance floor.   Our uniquely choreographed dances are specially performed to our original tunes.  The name Meseya is an Akan word meaning Yas Language Agent.  Mese means Yas language, and Ya is translated Agent or Lord.  In other words, the one who is sent to speak Yas word.  MESEYA.   With original music and lyrics, we spread a positive cultural message, teaching our people to be proud to be African, recognizing that Ya has blessed us with a rich ancestral and cultural heritage.  Our music educates, uplifts, and inspires listeners with soulful lyrics that touch the spiritual senses.  Our purpose is to instill in our audiences pride in the triumphs of our ancestors, and to motivate them to become active participants in shaping the future.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1283″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

TASSILI MA’AT

Born in Houston, TX, the family moved to San Diego, CA, when Tassili Ma’at was five. She migrated to Atlanta, GA and made it her home over 30 years ago. Tassili is the owner and chef at Tassili’s Raw Reality Restaurant, the infamous vegan and raw food restaurant located in a big yellow house in Atlanta’s Historic West End. Featuring the signature dishes of Master Raw Food Chef Tassili, it is Atlanta’s premier vegan and raw food restaurant and the “go to spot” for healthy, fresh food and positive eclectic vibrations. The iconic cafe is known for the favorable dishes of spices and herbs that enliven the taste buds of anyone who has had the pleasure of dining there. After catering and vending for years, Tassili opened its doors on January 1, 2011. That was the seventh day of Kwanzaa, Imani. The Kiswahili word for “faith”, this was the starting principle for the restaurant and continues to permeate the spirit of Tassili’s Raw Reality, as well as her other business endeavors.  Tassili has taken the entrepreneurial spirit which she had since childhood and combined it with her life’s purpose of nourishing others. By creating businesses that provide services that nurture and counsel both physically and emotionally, her destiny is manifesting. She not only owns a restaurant that nourishes people’s body, but also provides natural hair care and spiritual counseling services, and Kundalini Yoga Instruction.  Her “livity” or purpose is to assist in the upliftment of humanity through her works. She seeks to empower people by inspiring, educating, and helping them to help themselves achieve and maintain a holistically healthy life. This includes a healthy body, mind, spirit, and soul. Her knowledge of nutrition and history makes her an advocate for a healthier lifestyle and people really enjoy her informative Raw Food classes and demos. Tassili’s first “un-cook book”, “Raw Recipes on the Go”, a delightful medley of Raw Alchemy is available.

Tassili is a mother of five wonderful individuals and grandmother of six bright stars. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art from the University of California, San Diego, 1988. She is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and an Aris Latham (the Godfather of Raw Food) Certified Raw Food Chef. Tassili is also an avid dancer, and in the backyard of the restaurant, exciting and enlightening events are held. The first Saturday in June, Tassili hosts “The Wonderful Wizards of Raw ~ A Raw Food Extravaganza” and during the Fall Equinox she hosts, The Natural Mystic Fair. Generous to a T, she also annually hosts the Anniversary of the blessing of the restaurant’s opening with a wonderful Imani Kwanzaa Celebration that includes a Karamu (Free Community Feast).  Contact: Phone ~ 678‐886-5929 / Email ~ tassili@tassilisraw.com

Website: www.tassilisrawreality.com Tassili’s Raw Reality ~ 1059 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30310[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”360px” hide_on_mobile=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1224″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row]