The annual African festival, in Ottawa is to promote and preserve the finest traditions and values of the African culture in its entirety. The festival will showcase accomplished, new and emerging Artists in a forum where the public can experience exceptionally high quality performances, exhibits and exotic culinary presentations without leaving home (National Capital Region).
The aim of the African Festival Ottawa is to advance the public’s knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of the performing arts community within its borders and substantiate the preservation of this cultural heritage for the performers, irregardless of the medium in which they choice to preserve it.
During the first two years of the Ottawa African Festival was produced by the Pan African Council of Canada. This Council was formed by Daniel Eji as a non-profit community organization to provide the corporate structure for the festival and other community related events.
The original idea for this associated arose from the success of the 2002 African Cup of all Nations Soccer Tournament. The African Cup expanded to allow the full participation of all peoples of African descent and as a unity platform for the various African communities.
Then in 2005, the name “the Pan African Council of Canada” was given to edify not only one program (i.e. soccer tournaments) but also incorporate other programs and activities in the community. After further analysis of the Council’s structure it was determined that taking into consideration the people’s of African descent an updated name change was necessary. Thus the Pan AfriKan Coalition of Canada.
This further encompasses the mandate of the organization. In addition to the Ottawa African Festival, the Coalition’s goal is to pursue the following areas:
community assistance and outreach,
support for development and socio-economic integration,
a Pan-Afrikan Youth Summer Camp,
the Pan Afrikan Sports Alliance,
and the building of a comprehensive database of skilled competencies for cultural exchange whether in the profit or non-profit sectors.
Following is a list of countries on the Afrikan continent:
Central African Rep
Dem. Rep. Congo (Zaire)
São Tomé and Principe