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District 5 Unity in Diversity Award - May 2007

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 

Mayors Award 1998 


Rites of Passage Print E-mail

ImageWith increasing school drop out rate, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, and alarming crime levels; parents cannot help but nurse some degree of anxiety and fear when they contemplate the future of their children.

Today’s youth must be armed with the tools and skills to face the hard realities of our society.  Our Rites of Passage program offers a set of tools that has been proven to work with young people, irrespective of class, race or family background. 

Diversity youth forum Print E-mail

Image What is at the root of many conflicts? How can we show respect in our language and actions?  How can we respect those who have conflicting beliefs and perspectives and yet still keep our integrity?  How do we rise beyond the barriers of race, gender, class, ability, etc.? These questions are just a sampling of what Silicon Valley youth delegates wrestle with each year at the Annual Diversity Youth Forum. 

Africa village on tour Print E-mail

ImageOriki Theater's "African Village on Tour" was first featured at the 1994 San Jose America Festival.  The project brings to any location a physical representation of a real African village. Life size but portable structures are set up indoors or outdoors giving visitors to the village an opportunity to visit "Africa" without leaving their grounds.

Image The " Village" consists of a Royal Palace, Village huts, a Market place, and features colorful and interactive activities for both young and old, like story telling, drumming, dancing, face painting, mask making, etc. Themes of African traditional life are re-enacted, including: libations, naming ceremonies, marriage, etc. 

Sharing Africa Print E-mail

ImageSharing Africa is a fun, colorful and interactive music and dance appreciation program designed for children and teachers from pre-K to 10th grade.  Sharing Africa features Oriki Theater’s ensemble cast of highly skilled and talented dancers, drummers, storytellers and singers and introduces students and their teachers to African music, songs and dance through sequential, interactive and hands-on activities.


Prior to your existence, there was a void in this community of real, educational, entertaining, informative African culture.

- NAACP – San Jose / Silicon Valley Chapter

…for your contribution to enriching the life of the community particularly through programming in schools

- City of Mountain View Mayor’s Award, 1998

In recognition of outstanding and invaluable contribution to the community.

- Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, awarded to Oriki Theater, 10/25/03

This is a group dead-set on presenting authentic African culture

- The Metro