Monthly Archives: September 2010

For two beautiful sunny days in August, Allegheny Commons Park on the North Side of Pittsburgh was alive with the sights and sounds of Africa. People came from across the city and region to eat fresh foods and become immersed in the culture through the arts and musical performances that represent the beautiful people of Africa. UMOJA African Arts Company hosted the event for the 6th year in a row. Vendors from the area -extending southeast to Washington, D.C. and north to Cleveland – exhibited fine art, jewlery, dresses, and food for all who attended. Cameroon Football Development Program held down an information tent with many other local non-profits. It was a great opportunity to meet people in the community who are interested in what we do. Many residents of the North Side expressed their interest to get their children involved in soccer – something fresh and different. While we are dedicated to implementing the youth soccer camps in Cameroon right now… there is much potential for future growth in the local community!
Some pictures from the days’ events…
Vendors sell African dresses, bags, jewlery, wooden sculptures, drums, and other pieces of art under the cool shade of a tree. Many, if not all, of the goods come directly from one of 54 nations (or 46, depending who you ask).

Sister Bea leads a group of festival-goers in a traditional African Dance. She is lead by the beat of drums given by Master Drummer and Dancer Aboubaca Camara (Oscar) and friends of the Guinea West African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Wooden masks and sculptures in the sun.

Stilt Walker from the Ivory Coast makes his rounds during both afternoons of the festival. He danced quite well!

We made many friends this year…We hope to see you there in 2011!