Experience The Richness of AFRICA!

African Fest USA 2020 Has been Postponed


African clothing has a colorful and fascinating history. It stretches back to thousands of years ago! Almost 75,000 years! Overtime, African fashion has also been influenced by foreign cultures and western popular dress code. Merging of new and old has given rise to a very unique African fashion culture. Africa is emerging as one of the fastest developing fashion sectors in the world.


African art includes modern and historical paintings, sculptures, installations, and other visual displays from native and indigenous Africans and the African continent.


African music, given the vastness of the continent, is historically ancient, rich, and diverse with different regions and nations of Africa having many distinct musical traditions. Music in Africa is very important when it comes to religion and social life.


African culture is varied and manifold, consisting of a mixture of countries with different tribes that each have their own unique characteristics. African culture is expressed through arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, food, music, and language.


African traditional foods are different based on each tribe’s tradition. Most Africans use a combination of locally sourced fruits, cereal, grains and vegetables, as well as milk and meat products, and do not usually have food imported. In some parts of the continent, the traditional diet features an abundance of milk, curd and whey products while others incorporate fish and starchy root vegetables.


Africa, the second largest continent, covering about one-fifth of the total land surface of Earth. The continent is bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, and on the south by the mingling waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.


Best known are the mammals, the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Africa’s bushveld and savannah regions are still home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa. The Kruger National Park alone has well over 10 000 elephants and 20 000 buffaloes – in 1920 there were an estimated 120 elephants left in the whole of South Africa.

How it all unfolded in 2019


Dr. Lisa Aubrey
Dr. Lisa Aubrey is associate professor of African and African American studies and political science in the School of Social Transformation. In addition to her scholarship, Professor Aubrey has been doing community-embedded work related to reconnecting peoples of the African Diaspora to their heritage lands of Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ghana. She is also involving students in exciting work that brings to life historical knowledge of forgotten slave trade sites in Cameroon and links slave ship records to current family history research.
Dr. Beth Blue Swadener
Dr. Beth Blue Swadener is professor of Justice Studies and Social & Cultural Pedagogy at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on childhood studies, internationally comparative social policy, with focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and children’s rights and voices. She has co-edited and authored 14 books, including Children and Families “At Promise”; Power and Voice in Research with Children; Does the Village Still Raise the Child?; Decolonizing Research in Cross-Cultural Contexts; Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education: A Reader.
Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu
Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System), where she is the Founding Director of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC). She is also a Clinical Research Affiliate of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) at Arizona State University where she is Director of the Office of Refugee Health, and a Research Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions at Arizona State University.


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