Its been 28 years since Chicago had its first ever African Festival of the Arts, it has since grown and been recognized as one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the Midwest focusing on African Art and Culture. Thousands of festival goers converge at the annual 4-day program, many strolled in casually to the Washington Park grounds of the event which peaked on Labor Day, September 4. Distinguished individuals were honored at this year’s event, they are Mrs. Linda Murray as ‘Grand Yeye’, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. as ‘Grand Baba’, and renowned international artist, Nii Oti as ‘Artist of the Year’.
The attractions were many too, from the African influenced dance, music and food, to popular musical headliners; Wyclef Jean, Taylor Bennet, Wayne Wonder, Heatwave and a host of others. Every attendee had fun activities to engage in. At Women Shaping Africa, we will do this again, we wish to congratulate AIHUSA for a successful outing.
A few photos from the festival.
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