ORGANIZERS

As part of African Heritage Month we would like to cordially invite you to participate in this monumental event. This will be the first ever interactive and child-friendly event geared specifically toward educating children and youth about Africa. Our goal is to provide a much needed collective platform for vendors with the best quality books, videos, games, programs, and other resources that teach about Africa & African heritage
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Organizers bio

We are inviting school and government officials in addition to the diverse families in the surrounding communities to attend. We are looking forward to a day of fun and active learning about the massive continent of Africa, which is still too often under/misrepresented at the early and elementary levels. Teaching about Africa must go beyond safari animals and we need your African cultural expertise to make this event a huge success.. 

Paulette Mpouma

Paulette is currently the owner of the Africa Memory Game.
Paulette Mpouma, originally from Cameroon worked for over 15 years supporting organizations bringing the awareness of continent of Africa to the World and with educational institutions to deepen resources, create materials and distribute them to schools in order to reduce the gap of lack of education on Africa.
 This includes 8 years building The Africa Memory Game a company that innovated by creating games, trivia and educational materials helping youth and families to discover Africa. 
In 2015, Paulette met Mrs. Olubanke King-Akerele, former minister of foreign affairs of Liberia and former minister of commerce and industry of Liberia; upon meeting her she was impressed with my games and thought about transforming her book on The Growing of Africa's emergent leadership into an educational board game--we have been working together to produce a bi-lingual game on leadership development-Through a very close collaboration, this game will use the life trajectories of many young leaders and open the debate on many topics facing the African Youth today. The Game will be out by the end of the year.

Brenda Randolph & Maimouna Marah

Brenda and Maimunah are the experts in books, arts and crafts relate to children books. 
Brenda Randolph is leading Africa Access organization. 
Africa Access, a 501 c (3) organization was founded by Brenda Randolph, M.A. M.L.S. in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their K-12 collections on Africa. Africa Access Review and Read Africa bibliographies have been effective initiatives in our efforts to inform the public about quality K-12 books on Africa. 
Maimunah Marah represents her parents Country of origin, Sierra Leone. She is the owner and operator of Tutu's Storybooks, a roving Children's Africana book shop, based in Montgomery County and is coming up on its 4th year in operation. Tutu's Storybooks mission is to bring diverse books to the community through participating in a wide variety of family-friendly events from markets and festivals, to craft fairs and school book fairs. She lives in Kensington with her husband and her two sons.

Bashea Imana

Bashea is multitalented artist, teacher, educator, owner of Kuumba kids leading on Homeschool curriculum adapted to Afrocentric education. As a Master
Educator and artist, Iya provides educational enrichment programs, professional development, in-school
residences, and performances at community and cultural arts events throughout the region.
Her work has been feature in the Washington Post, Prince George’s County Gazette, The Hyattsville
Wire, WPGC 95.5, and WPFW 89.3. Iya performs regular children programs at Busboys and Poets
In Hyattsville and in Bloombars in Washington DC. She has released her first educational CD, “Ooh Kuumba!" Iya started as a professional vocalist, musician, and radio personality. She later made a career
Change to education and taught music and specialized reading programs in Maryland. She served as a
Mentor for new teachers, assistant-director of the Prince George’s County Southern Honors Chorus,
And cultural arts director & coordinator for several summer camps in the Metro DC area.

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