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District 5 Unity in Diversity Award - May 2007

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 

Mayors Award 1998 


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.

ImageThe program culminates in a half-day family day event where the students put on a colorful showcase in African costumes.  Designed like a mini festival, the family day features interactive dancing, drumming, face painting, mask making, etc.

Through Sharing Africa, we expose students to world cultures different from their own in a fun and interactive way, therefore, sowing the seeds for a future generation of citizens that can appreciate and celebrate the richness of our diversity. In an environment of shrinking art programs in schools, Sharing Africa offers students the added benefit of enjoying a variety of art forms in one package.

ImageSome teachers use Oriki’s Sharing Africa program as an introduction to their curriculum on Africa.  Another strength of our Sharing Africa program is our ability to adapt it to non-traditional school settings, like youth centers, group homes, juvenile halls, community agencies, churches, etc.



Your performance was outstanding! You taught,you entertained, and you involved our students.

- Anne Gage, Special Day Class Teacher, San Mateo, California


What is perhaps the most impressive feature to Oriki in addition to the spectacular dramatic elements - is its ability to design workshops for a wide variety of audiences and expectations.

- Jane Bomberger,
Center for African Studies, Stanford University.

You covered terminology we use in the classroom study of Ghana, Mali, Songhai, - you also got our students to participate ... history came alive!

- Susan Nelsen, Teacher, Crittenden Middle School


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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