Question of the Week: African World Festival recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Was this year’s festival everything you expected it to be? Why or why not?
Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp
Cecilia Gilbert: “Yes, it was awesome! I loved the diversity of music offered. Great jazz, gospel music and local talent. Local food vendors featured exceptional ethnic dishes. The art vendors had unbelievable art work and a variety of Afro-centric items. I can’t wait for the 31st African World Festival!”
Steve Adams: “The festival was a GREAT two day event. It provided a variety of activities and functions for all in an enjoyable and fun-filled manner. It was just another example of what talented African Americans and supportive parties can do when we FOCUS on SUCCESS for our community. I can’t wait until the 2013 festival!”
Nyerere Davidson: “The atmosphere and overall feel of this year’s AWF reminded me of the good ole’ times. It truly brought back the essence of the African culture and united people for a positive, nonviolent and glorious occasion.”
Vivian King: “I knew African World Festival would be great because I know how hard the committee worked. But the festival exceeded my high expectations. It was absolutely fantastic! Boney James was phenomenal. The variety of entertainment was wonderful! The church service was awesome! The vendors had such special items, but the fellowship with friends and the community was my favorite part of the two days. Kudos to Mark Wade and the rest of his team!”