Summary of Events

2022 Summary of Events
Nigeria Study Tour

Vbo yere! Kedu! Luo! African Roots and Heritage Study Travelers Sankofa time again! We are ready to launch the Nigeria Study Tour. We will meet and greet some of Nigeria's Top Actors, Musicians, and local people and studying the history of the slave trade, by reconnecting with our Ancestral Roots through a Renaming Ceremony. Join us for another life changing experience by traveling with us
to Nigeria, known as the Giant of Africa, November 1-12, 2022

$4,000.00
Meeting with Cameroon Ambassador

Professor Anita M Diop, Executive Director is invited to meet Ambassador Henri Etoundi Essomba and the Embassy of Cameroon on Monday, June 6, from 2 pm to 5 pm in the Embassy of Cameroon, located at 2349 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Africities Summit 2022

The Executive Director, Anita M Diop is invited as a Representative of the Diaspora and delegate of AIGC to the Africities Summit taking place in Kisumu, Kenya May 17- 21, 2022. She will speak on the healing and bonding between the Diaspora and the continent.

The Power of the Purse

April 27th, 2022

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Women’s Luncheon: The Power of the Purse

Italian American Cultural Society and Banquet Center

43843 Romeo Plank Rd, Clinton Township, MI 48038

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

>> Purchase Tickets Here <<

Hosted by:

Maria Silamianos || Anna Craprotta || Sophia Merkouris

Speakers:
Anita Diop, Founder and Executive Director of the African Roots and Heritage Foundation

Patricia Lopez, Co-founder and CEO of Rose-A-Lee Technologies

Habitat Partner Family

Cameo Video Appearance with GiGi LaClouche

Professor Anita M. Diop makes a Cameo Dance performance with GiGi LACLOCHE in her debut Musical Video "Enseignant (Teacher)" on Mt. Febe in Cameroon, Central Africa, April 2022

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Enseignant (Teacher) 

International Conference on Slavery in Africa

Professor Anita M. Diop will present a paper at the University of Yaounde 1 entitled, "Reclaiming and the Establishment of the Cultural Identity of Cameroon's Historical Diaspora". During the International Conference on Slavery in Africa Knowledge and De- compartmentalization, convening April 19-21, 2022 in Yaounde, Cameroon Central Africa.

Global Day of Community Service Scholarship

April 15, 2022 was the Official Global Day of Community Service for the African Roots and Heritage Foundation, headed by Professor Anita M. Diop, Executive Director in partnership with the Department of African Literature and Civilizations, led by Professor Cecile Dolisane Head of the Department of the University of Yaoundé 1 in Yaoundé, Cameroon Central Africa. The Theme of the Conference was, “The Importance of Preserving African Languages at Home and Abroad.” The students actively engaged in a writing competition on the theme with the expectation of earning the Anita M. Diop Scholarship of Excellence. With enthusiasm the students expressed their thought on language through identity, culture, heritage, customs, traditions, preservation, business, technology and much more.

This event was endorsed by ACALAN-AU and garnered such notables as Professor Sammy B. Chumbow, President of the Assembly of Academicians of ACALAN – AU and Professor Charles Binam Bikoi, Executive Secretary of CERDOTOLA, Professor Florence TABE, HOD of Linguistics and others who spoke and emphasized and reiterated the theme. After a fiery presentation given by Professor Diop, the students expressed themselves with elevated knowledge of why preservation is so important for the youth of today to comprehend and take up the baton that is being passed on to them. Realizing that Africa is in the midst of its renaissance and one segment of that re-birth is language and understanding that essentially language is DNA coded.

During the final segment of the Professor Diop speech, the students took a vow. A vow of pride in their identity and commitment to always speak, learn, and even teach their native tongue to their offspring, siblings, and others. Being made aware that with modern technology, many African Languages are found on Google Play and at everyone’s fingertips.

The students, faculty, friends, family and others created a buzz after the program. Students of other departments wished for a future opportunity to share their thoughts on this critically important topic. The momentum will surely create a lasting initiative for both the African Roots and Heritage Foundation and the University of Yaoundé 1, other colleges, universities and civil institutions have expressed a desire for future collaborations.

All Essays collected are published in an Anthology, documenting history as it happens for the world to view, share and model. Capturing the collective mind and spirit of this body of students, who value their language, their culture, and willing with pride to suggest there is no better language to use than their own. In my opinion, we have successfully planted the seeds of the African Language Revolution on this date.

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Foreword - University of Women Wine Tapping

University of Women Wine Tapping, is a six character stage play that colorfully examines generational curses and bad karma as a result of decisions made that chooses lust over wholesome community values. The scene takes place in an Igbo village in the Ichida Kingdom of Nigeria, though it could be any village in Africa which makes it a universal drama which all can relate. The plot demonstrates youthful and reckless lust of the moment, germinating the seed of generational curses that will lay dormant until bad karma is mature and ready to take on its life form. It is through Kelechi, the protagonist that Mike Williams spins this tale of male lust, trickery, prowess, irresponsible handling of the family jewels. Through the relationship between Kelechi and Ifunaya we discover the power of “Wine Tapping”. Excessive wine tapping leads to underdevelopment of self determination, goals, drive, ambition, instability, doubt, cross words, insults, murder attempts, fighting, shame, violations of friendships, destruction of community values, and rejected children (family jewels).

The playwright shows Kelechi’s vision for success and a better life is tied into his children’s future. Having given his youth to “Wine Tapping” he never finished school to elevate his status or income. It is within his children that his dreams, ambitions, and hope will have an opportunity to redeem him. Unbeknownst to Kelechi that his family jewels would grow up and emulate his youthful past and destroy all hopes of a bright future. This play offers the message of bad karma as seeds of generational curses. We should take stock of our present deeds; they are seeds of our future. In simple terms, what goes around comes around when you have long forgotten. This literary work is engaging, comedic, dramatic, and thought provoking.


Professor Anita M. Diop, Executive Director

African Roots and Heritage Foundation, USA

February 2022

Amawzi African Languges Week Program January 28, 2022

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation designated as Representative of the Sixth Region joined with the southern Region of Africa to produce a curated program for African Languages Week at the Amazwi Museum of Literature in South Africa on January 28, 2022. Amazwi’ means voices in "isiXhosa" and the event will bring together many voices from the region including sign language, well which Naki includes in her spoken word as well as from the Diaspora. 

ARHF invited Diaspora Poet Naki Akrobettoe to perform her poem entitled, " Language called Love".

Language Called Love by Naki Akrobettoe 


From Tanzania joins us, Mizambwa Midauli Mdavudavu, with his spoken word Lugha Yangu- My language.

Lugha Yabgu - My Language 


Anita M. Diop also performs for ALW a selection of poems entitled, "I Lost a Whole continent", by the African American. and "I Remain tormented" by Esquire Selassie Atuwo of Ghana.

Diaspora poems on Language 



African Languages Week Coordinating Committee

The Executive Director, Anita M Diop participated in the Acalan's - African Union African Languages Week as a member of the African Languages Week Coordinating Committee Member ALWCC. The dates are January 24-30 of each year. This is a five year appointment. Her official profile can be viewed at the link below.

ALWCC Member Profile for Anita M Diop 


Film Project: Warrior- Spirit ChildTaking Back Our Earth!

Ushujaa: Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu!

Warrior: Spirit Child Taking Back our Earth!


African Roots and Heritage Foundation in partnership with Rithisha Sanaa (Heritage Arts)represented by Nena Tenacity in Bagamoyo Tanzania, has agreed to support the upcoming film project that uses ancestral memory and usage of native language to uncover the power of those things hidden or lost in the culture unknown to our first level of consciousness but buried deep and erected when mature. The message that this film delivers is timely and necessary for the Africana Renaissance. 

Warrior Spirit Child Taking Back Our Earth 

Film - ONCE UPON A TIME IN GAMBIA

Professor Anita M. Diop has snagged a role as the lead character, Mam AJA in a film by Mike Williams entitled, Once Upon A Time In Gambia. Mam Aja is Wolof speaking storyteller, she uses her gift of gab to elevate the understanding of issues in the community.

RELEASE: TBA

2021 Summary of Events
Legacy Building

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation lead by Professor Anita M. Diop and Executive Director actively participates in many Global Pan African Events as a leading expert in the field of Culture and Arts.

This year started with an annual Birthday Fundraiser in February 2021 with all funds collected and donated for the Global Day of Community Service that provided Tablets and Wi-fi for the Bogso Secondary School in Cameroon.

In March 8-11, 2021, she was a guest speaker at the FIBE 2021 Festival at Bogso/Eseka Cameroon Central Africa, speaking on the theme of the Diaspora.


April 23, 2021, she was invited to the Consciousness and Capital show and spoke on the topic of Summer Learning Institute that was established in Tanzania at the Tsuba University.

On May 25, 2021, the Executive Director participated in Africa Day with Twende Afrika as a guest speaker in Uganda. The topic discussed was 'How to empower the Youth".

Professor Anita M Diop is humbled to participate as a panelist with the Historical Africa Cultural Centre USA on the African Union Year 2021 Theme: Art, Culture, and Heritage. July 17, 2021 in a
Virtual Conference.

In July 28-30, 2021 Professor Anita M. Diop was appointed the Ambassador of the Sixth Region to ACALAN AU for the Official launch of African Languages Week in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She presented a paper entitled, "The Importance of Preserving African Language At Home and Abroad".


July 31, 2021 the Executive Director was invited as the Closing Keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Cameroonian Studies and History at the University of Buea, Cameroon, Central Africa. Professor presented a paper entitled, "Reclaiming and the Establishment of the Culture and Identity of Cameroon Historical Diaspora".


While in Cameroon, Professor Anita visited many Kingdoms which was a rich cultural experience. August 14, 2021 she traveled to the Kingdom of Bana to meet the His Royal Majesty Fon Sylvestre SIKAM HAPPI V.

Later that month she traveled to the Fonboun Kingdom and met with His Royal Majesty Sultan Mbombo Njoya with a discussion on repairing the breach between Africans Americans and Cameroon . August 21, 2021.

August 26, 2021 visited the region of Simbock to visit Fobuzie Naah Ndeh Doris. Who is the Queen of Chomba. Chomba is the name of my husband's village. By birth she is from Mankon a neighboring village to Chomba. She works as a Vice Principal in her local school district. Queen fobuzie is from the Ethnic group is Ngemba and it the Location is Bamenda II subdivision of the NorthWest region of Cameroon.


August 31, 2021 meeting with Professor Anita M. Diop meets with Professor Ebenezer Njoh Mouelle, Ancien Ministre Representatant du Cameroon au Conseil Executif de L'Unesco, along with Professor Ceceile Dossaline of University of Yaounde 1. Yaounde, Cameroon Central Africa. Interesting conversations regarding the way forward for Africa. Yaounde, Cameroon.




Keynote speaker

July 31, 2021 the Executive Director was invited as the Closing Keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Cameroonian Studies and History at the University of Buea, Buea Cameroon, Central Africa. Professor presented a paper entitled, "Reclaiming and the Establishment of the Culture and Identity of Cameroon Historical Diaspora".

Foundational FundRaiser

This year started with an annual Birthday Fundraiser in February 2021with all funds collected and donated for the Global Day of Community Service that provided Tablets and Wi-fi for the Bogso Secondary School in Cameroon.

March Activities

In March 8-11, 2021, she was a guest speaker at the FIBE 2021 Festival at Bogso/Eseka Cameroon Central Africa.


Published in Five Languages

How Cultural Identity Culminates into Power to Effect Social, Economic and Political Change was published in the AU ECHO 2021 Annual Magazine. This magazine was translated and published in five languages.

African Academy of Languages

In July 28-30, 2021 Professor Anita M. Diop was appointed the Ambassador of the Sixth Region to ACALAN AU for the Official launch of African Languages Week in Burkina Faso, West Africa.