By Paul Ndiho
In recognition of President Barack Obama’s historic U.S – Africa leaders summit taking place in the nations capital this week, D.C Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Office on African affairs welcomed African delegations, tourists and visitors alike to the 5th Annual Africa Festival this weekend.
Washington D.C came alive with the sights and sounds of Africa at the 5th Annual Washington DC African Festival – taking place at the Ronald Regan building and international trade center.
The theme this year is from D.C to Africa showcasing Diaspora diversity, celebration of cultural diversity and the growing presence of Africans in the District.
Hundreds of people stepped out Sunday afternoon to enjoy a display of traditional African culture, cultural dances, fashion, arts & crafts, a taste of African cuisine, and countless other activities. Welcoming the mayor, Ngozi Nmezi, Executive director of the office the DC Mayor’s office on African affairs commended Mayor Vincent C Gray for his continued support to the African immigrant community leaving in district.
The District of Columbia offers a unique opportunity to many artists, entrepreneurs, organizations, and businesses of African heritage that contribute to the culture and Identity of the city. DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
In an effort to promote African business in Washington, the Ronald Regan building and international trade center was turned into a replica of a small African street. Vendors were selling everything from African handbags and clothing, to artifacts and colorful handcrafted jewelry from all over Africa.
After many hours of braving the heat, shopping, sightseeing and tasting the delicious African delicacies, many visitors capped off the day by sitting down with family and friends to catch the live music.
Other showcased skills in braiding African hair
Several Africans from different parts of the United States represented their countries at the fair as they marched around waving flags.