Funded by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the COVID-19 Virtual Arts Initiative, the African harvest celebration and dance experience program took place from October 1 to October 29, 2020. Open to the public with the seniors as the first target, the African harvest celebration and dance experience program brought to the community, dance workshops, a live trip to the African market, and a live cooking class of a Nigerian dish: the Efro Riro.
To stay true to its mission to preserve, to educate, and to promote African indigenous cultures, Manga provided a profound cultural background to the dances and to the cooking demonstration. The attendees learned the harvest dance and the cultural meaning of all steps. Participants who responded to the survey about the class thanked Manga for offering such an excellent cultural experience and dance instruction and for providing such therapeutic activities during the pandemic. Their enthusiastic reactions, along with their participation and interaction with the instructors, motivate Manga to continue this program.
A big thumbs up to our participant's support of Manga's service to the community. Many thanks to director, Ramatu Sabbatt and to dance teacher Praise Ekeng for leading this program. Manga would also like to thank the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and acknowledge the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Council for the Arts for their continued support.