Africa desirous eventuality hold in San Antonio

Prompted by a Facebook post, Selena Mitchell and her mother, Clara, spent Saturday afternoon furloughed a heterogeneous Ólájú African Market Creative Arts Festival. The pair, entered a Brick gallery, during a Blue Star Arts Complex, marveling during a fashions and things during a cultural-exchange market, designed to perform and teach guest about a African continent.

Spotlights illuminated colourful prints of immature African women and organisation in thinking poses. Racks, filled with an array of clothes, lined a space underneath pinkish chandeliers, The dual guest browsed by gowns behind twin mannequins clad in rose bullion lead corsets and arm bands.


Their ties to Africa desirous a span to attend a event. Selena Mitchell, 25, had complicated college classes in Ghana; her mother, Clara, 58, had finished companion work in Botswana and South Africa.


“I didn’t know that San Antonio had African events,” Selena Mitchell said. “For that reason, this spoke to me.”

The marketplace was one of some-more than 170 events of DreamWeek, a 16-day limit that advances a teachings of polite rights personality Martin Luther King Jr., in and around downtown. The festival, sponsored by a Ólájú Art Group, featured music, vendors, contemporary art, conform and food.

Ólájú is a Yoruba word from West Africa that translates to “one who is enlightened.”

The featured exhibition, “Process and Patterns,” showcased a collection of works by batik artist Tunde Odunlade. Batik, a technique used for centuries, involves restraint out areas of cloth with prohibited polish and failing a cloth.

Sandi Smith visited all of a vendors, shopping scented chakra scrubs, earrings and spices. She pronounced a informative humanities aspect drew her to a festival.

“Because I’m a artistic person, we unequivocally conclude how most work goes into creation something and a labor of it,” Smith, 63, said. “I unequivocally like to see things like that.”

Before guest arrived, a event’s featured artist, Paakow Essandoh, owner and CEO of MIZIZI organised jerseys with titles such as “Black Lives Matter,” and “Wakanda,” a illusory land of Black Panther of Marvel cinematic and comic fame.

MIZIZI means roots in Swahili. The wardrobe line includes a jersey, that operation from $30 to $80, for any African country.


“We are a approach that people demonstrate their informative temperament by African travel wear,” Essandoh, 23, said. “The fact that we have a good product that is means to elicit emotions out of people and make them unapproachable of where they are from is a good feeling.”

Obafemi Ogunleye founded a art organisation in 2015 after he celebrated a miss of appreciation and approval for contemporary art from West Africa, generally Nigeria. Ogunleye, a initial era Nigerian-American, pronounced a festival promoted informative preparation of West Africa and a work of rising artists.

Born in Houston, he lived and worked in Nigeria for dual years to know his heritage.

“The categorical thing is opening a eyes to enchanting with humanities in opposite ways and humanities that we are not used to seeing,” Ogunleye, 29, said.

Unyime Udosen and her husband, Akan, possess U4U Designs in Austin that facilities wardrobe done in Nigeria from her designs. She common information with guest about her clothe including conduct wraps, palm bags and a Apuk, a brief robe for women.

“When people hear about Africa they hear about a poor,” she said. “I’m about lenient and educating. All of a women we work with are masters in their fields.”

Her husband, Akan, 49, pronounced a festival was an event to share contribution about their homeland.

“Years ago, people’s sense of Africa was things like Tarzan,” he said, “and they didn’t know there were 50 countries in a continent. It’s always good to deliver Africa in a opposite light.”


Vincent T. Davis is a contributor in a Greater San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on a free site, mySA.com, and on a subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | vtdavis@express-news.net | Twitter: @vincentdavis


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