Throughout the years, we have all learned of reasons why Africans of the diaspora have experienced disruption in their relationship with their ancestral culture and traditions. Join us as we host a panel of experts who will take us beyond the narrative to explore how we can access the ancient wisdom of spiritual systems like Vodou and Ifa, for our growth, healing & success today.
Our Keynote Speaker -
Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounun Houna II Guely
An independent scholar, human rights activist, author, photographer, and faith leader of African Religious Traditions. She is the Founder of the AfroAtlantic Theologies & Treaties Institute, and the Chairperson of the NGO Committee for the Elimination of Racism, Afrophobia & Colorism located at the United Nations.
Learn more about The Queen Mother here... and here
Iya Susheel Bibbs - Susheel Bibbs, imitated in Haiti under Mama Lola, emphasizes unsung ancestors in her work on stage, in writings, and in award-winning PBS films. She has participated in Ifa since 1991 and voodoo since 2001 and was initiated in voodoo in 2006 in Haiti under Mama Lola. She is best known as the author of Heritage of Power an Amazon bestseller that deeply details the structure and origins of Haitian voodoo and its impact on the lives and work of two great voodoo/activist priests - Marie Laveaux (the great New Orleans voodoo queen) and Mary Ellen Pleasant, the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Learn more about Iya Susheel here...
Baba Wade Nobles Dr. Nobles is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Black Psychology at SFSU. He is a co-founder (and Past President) of the Association of Black Psychologists and Dr. was initiated into the Ifa spiritual system in 1992. Learn more about Baba Wade here...
Iya Nedra T. Williams - As a priestess, artist and designer, she uses her relationship with water as a catalysis to the world of symbolic reflection. Influenced by the history of her culture, Nedra T. Williams chooses to embrace the aesthetic and spirituality of the African Diaspora. Learn more about Iya Nedra here...
Yeye Luisah Teish - Yeye Teish is a writer, ritual theater director/producer and mixed-media artist. Teish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, and she holds a chieftaincy title (Yeyeworo) from the Fatunmise Compound in Ile Ife, Nigeria. Presently she is the Chair of the World Orisha Congress Committee on Womens' Issues.
Learn more about Yeye Teish here...
Baba Greg Hodge - Panel Moderator
Baba Greg is an Education Advocate, a drummer and a proponent for culturally appropriate and empowering education. Gregory is a social change activist and organizational development consultant with Khepera Consulting. Learn more about Baba Greg here...
!! An extra special opening performance by Oakland's very own Warrior Woman...
Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri !! Click here to learn more
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