African Diaspora Festival brings Fashion to Ft. Lauderdale
The African Wardrobe Festival (AWF) invites all members of the community to attend this year’s event promoting African fashion, visual art, music, literature and culture. It will be a day of cultural adventures an art exhibit and silent auction, a Q&A session with the panelists, documentary screening, a best-dressed competition in African attire, and a DJ. “There are a lot of cultural adventures in stores for the festival, and the experience will be like no other,” said Jaury Jean-Enard, Creative Director. The festival will take place Saturday November 5 starting at 1 p.m. at the Old Dillard Museum located in Fort Lauderdale. The African Wardrobe Festival has released the complete list of people who will serve on a panel to engage the audience on African culture, music, food and traditions.
The speakers include Ayanbinrin Tosin, affectionately known as ‘Mother Drum Africa’ she is the quintessential vocalist, dancer, and especially a talking drummer. In Dallas, she was named the Custodian of the Yoruba Heritage by Impeccable First Eye Concept in Dallas. She is also known for drum classes, tie-dye, folklore songs and cooking African dishes. Dr. Yinka Tella, president of the Nigerian American Foundation and promoter of African Museum of Arts and Culture (AMAC). He oversees all aspects of the Nigerian American Foundation in furthering the collective interests of all nonprofit Nigerian associations in South Florida. Babacar M’bow, Senegalese scholar and arts curator, he is also the former International Programs and Exhibit Coordinator for Broward County Libraries Division. M’bow was a recent speaker at the Caribbean Studies Association, Haiti Conference. Dr. Agbeko-Kwasi (AK) Tosu, international consultant and socio-pathologist whose work centers on facilitating transformative resolution pertaining to human relations, culture and diversity.