ABOUT US

UCHE AKOBUNDU, CHIEF VISION OFFICER

Africa Within America, a Division of Connection Curators, LLC

WHY AFRICA WITHIN AMERICA?

I grew up in Nigeria – raised as a second culture kid… with both British and Nigerian educational and culinary sensibilities. I moved to the United States as a young adult, eager to make a new home here, while treasuring the varied aspects of my unique childhood.

Despite having lived in the United States for awhile, I find I continue to search for connections to the continent of my birth. Perhaps I’m not the only one for whom this is true! In other words, there may be others seeking to connect with African culture while in the United States. It was from this realization that Africa Within America was born.

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, like so many, I began thinking more and more about the activities, the people and pursuits that brought me the most joy. It became clear that  what nourished and sustained me was connecting with family and friends at cultural events within my community. With that in mind, I decided to launch this platform.

“You cannot leave Africa,” Africa said.
“It is always with you,
there inside your head.”

Poem titled “Africa Smiled” by Bridge Dore

ABOUT AFRICA WITHIN AMERICA

Africa Within America is a celebration of hope, resilience, and persistence. This platform seeks to lift up the many ways African immigrant peoples continue to showcase the best of their cultural heritage as they establish a presence in a new land. Africans in the United States have sought to introduce their fellow Americans to the rich diversity of African culture through a range of products and services, arts and crafts, culinary experiences, and so much more. Africa Within America is a platform that curates opportunities to embrace and enjoy the diverse range of modern and traditional forms of African culture in the United States. So jump in, let’s go!

OUR MISSION

BLOOMING WHERE WE ARE PLANTED TO CURATE OPPORTUNITY

African culture is evident in so many American cities and towns. Among the most vibrant concentrations of African peoples and opportunities for cultural immersion lie within the Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area (also known as the DMV). The tri-state region of the District of Columbia, Maryland and northern Virginia has long had a African presence and sensibility. Since the 1600s, West African peoples have populated this region, honing their proficiency in music, the arts, technology, and commerce.

This region is also home to Africa Within America. It is here we launched our journey to curate opportunities to engage, experience and eat the cultural diversity of the African continent … no passport needed.

OUR MOTTO

WISDOM IS LIFE

Africa Within America (AWA) is platform for curating opportunities to embrace and enjoy the multifaceted range of modern & traditional forms of African cultural expression in the United States.