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Diasporian News of Monday, 31 March 2014

Source: Kwame Ahima

Panafest Nashville returns in 2014



Nashville area businesses, communities and organizations are invited to join Panafest Nashville 2014 – as this spectacular Pan-African extravaganza returns to the Global Mall, at 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, in the City of Nashville. This second annual, all-day, free public event takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, followed by an elegant gala dinner that same evening at the Global Event Center. This year’s special guest is Ms. Ndileka Mandela (pictured above, left), is the granddaughter of the late South African head-of-state and global icon for peace, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, and who was that nation’s first Black President of the post-apartheid era. “We are very honored to have Ms. Mandela join us for this, our second annual presentation of Panafest Nashville, as the keynote speaker at our gala dinner and to share her thoughts and insights about this extraordinary man and to give us a personal glimpse into his last days,” said Nana Kwame Ahima, founder and creator of Panafest Nashville.

“Our additional honored guests attending Panafest Nashville 2014 include African royalty: His Majesty Nana Kwabu Awusi, President of Ghana’s Central House of Chiefs, Nana Adu Poku, Chief of Asanteman Association, Cincinnati, OH, and His Excellency Chief Godfrey Marange of Zimbabwe,” Nana Ahima said.

Panafest Nashville, modeled after Ghana’s world-famous Pan African Festival (PANAFEST), is presented by the Africa Legacies Foundation (ALF), which advocates unity among Africans and coordinates special, community-based events designed to promote relationships between Africans, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora.

“Our mission,” Nana Ahima added, “is to encourage unity, preserve our tradition, economic empowerment, health education, and the presentation of social-culture programs designed to uplift people of African descent and all those who love Africa…”

Businesses and organizations seeking advertisement opportunities, sponsorship or vending space with Panafest Nashville 2014 at the free April 26th event at the Global Mall and Gala Dinner that same evening should contact Mr. Kwame Ahima at the Africa Legacies Foundation, at: (615) 663-5533, or via email at: Also join us the next day April 27 from 4pm to 6pm at the same venue for Prayer for Africa. There will be over 12 African and African American Pastors in addition to the dignitaries present.

Community and church leaders are encouraged to mobilize your members to represent your country in a traditional and fashionable way. For more information about Panafest Nashville 2014 and the African Legacies Foundation, visit the website at: