Ancient Traditions in Modern Times


Name: “Ancient Traditions in Modern Times: The Value of African Culture in our Community Today”

Date: June 30, 2013

This event was structured as an open forum with a panel of community members representing institutions and organizations committed to cultural diffusion, education, and development.Our groundbreaking program is an initiative which targeteddiasporic Africans, affectionately called ‘Afropolitans’ in popular culture, to generate a circumspect dialogue centered on contemporary issues in Africa and the Diaspora. This event featured a unique presentation fromthe Araba of AbatalandIfatopeAkinwande, who serves as a cultural repository specializing in the traditional ethics and culture of the Yoruba ethnic group of southwest Nigeria.The Araba is an expert on the cultural expressions and literary corpus derived from the Ifa spiritual tradition and divination system characterized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Interestingly, he is also a college educated archaeologist with quite breadth of international experience. His unique perspectives are be enriched by his involvement at the nexus of traditional African culture and modernity. Hence, we had an exciting and lively discussion with community members from diverse backgrounds throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area and Atlantic Seaboard.

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