About Us

Festival’s Mission

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.

Organization Background

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:

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Rep
Chad
Congo
Dem. Rep. Congo (Zaire)
Djibouti

Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea Bissau
Guinea
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya

Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Reunion
Rwanda
São Tomé and Principe
Senegal

Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zanzibar
Zimbabwe