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The Sixth Annual African World Language and Culture Fair Coming May 12
Published May 11, 2007

This series of workshops presented by Nsoroma Institute explores languages spoken by Africans on the continent and through the world.

Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy invites the community to attend The Sixth Annual African World Language and Culture Fair, ‘Preserving the Power of the Spoken Word,’ on Saturday, May 12, 2007. The fair activities begin with language and culture workshops for adults from 12:30 a.m. ­ 3:45 p.m., and culminates with an exhibition from4:00 p.m. ­ 6:00 p.m.

Nsoroma Institute is located in the Clinton Education Center, 22180 Parklawn in Oak Park, MI.

The adult workshops are:

Disappearing African Languages: An Exploration of African Languages that are At Risk of Dying Out and Creoles, and Pidgins: The Impact of Slavery and Colonialism on Language

There will also be a two-part children’s workshop entitled The Language of African Drum and Dance.

The Language and Culture Fair exhibition will feature representatives of the African World Community who are fluent speakers of many of the various languages spoken by African people throughout the world including: Yoruba, Fula, Gullah, French, Zulu, Xhosa, Hausa, Kikuyu, German, Haitian Creole, Wolof, Kiswahili, Jamaican Patois, Italian, Ebonics, Spanish, Portuguese. This event will provide an introduction to many of the varying languages and cultures that exist in the African World Community today.

The fair will be open to all ages, offering a variety of hands-on activities, cultural performances, and displays.

Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy is an African-centered school, which was founded in 1989 by parents, educators and community activists. Nsoroma currently services students and their families in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Admission to workshops and exhibition is $10 for adults, and $5 for children (14 & under). Admission to the exhibition only is $3 for adults and $1 for children (14 & under).

For more information and/or to participate in The African World Language and Cultural Fair, please call (248) 541-2548.

The Diaspora Marketplace will feature vendors offering a variety of African clothing, art and food for purchase. Vending space is available.