GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- This weekend, head down to Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, to celebrate a unique aspect of West Michigan- African culture.
The A Glimpse of Africa (AGOA) festival returns Saturday, Aug. 14, and event organizers invite the community to attend this free event for a great cause. The mission of AGOA is to educate and increase the appreciation of rich African cultures through delicious cuisine, music, fashion, handmade merchandise, and community engagements that address African refugee and immigrant needs.
The festival runs from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and features a one-of-a-kind line-up of 25 entertainment acts and nearly 40 vendors.
Event organizers are more than thrilled to give Michiganders a closer look at the diverse cultures they may not be aware of.
“I would love people to come and experience the rich, diverse, and unique African culture. We have fifty-four African countries that we will try to give people a glimpse of. So, I would really love people to come and enjoy that feeling of like if you travel to Africa, but you’re right here in our city of Grand Rapids,” Fridah Kanini, the founder of Glimpse of Africa said.
Learn more about A Glimpse of Africa through the non-profit organization’s website.
Meet AGOA’s Founder Fridah Kanini:
“Fridah is the founder and President/CEO of A Glimpse of Africa and the owner of a small
business named Flora’s Elegance Event’s Décor. Fridah also currently serves as a member of
the Board of Directors at SowHope, a youth leader at the African Community Fellowship
church, and a community connector at the Amani program.
She founded the West Michigan Kenyan community where she served as the president until 2016. Fridah was born and raised in Kenya, moved to the United States in 2001, and later moved to the United
Kingdom between 2002 and 2004. Fridah has lived, studied, and worked in the UK, USA and
Kenya. What keeps her going is her passion to serve others, her faith in God, and the love
of the wonderful people in her life. Her values, compassion, and love to serve others were
inspired by her late mother, Ms. Flora who was her role model.”
(Biography provided by A Glimpse of Africa Staff)