Embracing My African Roots at the 11th Annual ACANA Festival πŸ‡±πŸ‡·βœŠπŸΏ

It is my lifelong dream to one day visit my father’s homeland of Liberia, West Africa. A ‘sh*thole country’ in the eyes of some, but beloved by many. Until the day comes, I look forward to learning as much as I can about African culture by attending events like the ACANA Festival.

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For the past 11 years, The African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA), along with the help of some anazing sponsors, have brought African Culture to Penn’s Landing as part of the Peco Multicultural Series. The day is filled with amazing performances from musicians and dancers from all over the continent of Africa (Yes, Africa is a CONTINENT). Not to forget the amazing food and clothing vendors in attendance.

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Sierra Leonian Artist Zeno Salone

 

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The beautiful Rafiya

 

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The founder addressing the attendees

 

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90 degree weather didn’t deter this crowd!

In addition to hosting this wonderful festival each year, the ACANA organization provides a variety of services to help African and Caribbean Immigrants year round. Aside from the amazing performances, I was excited to hear of the plans that are soon to our African community in SouthWest Philadelphia. Plans that include officially establishing an “AfricaTown,’ just as we have a Chinatown! I think this would be beneficial in helping other communities embrace African culture! Stay Tuned!

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Top- Forman Mills- Similar HereΒ 

– A Black Girl About Town

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