The celebration of Ghana's historic homecoming has finally made its way into central Illinois. Afrochella, the festival that showcases and celebrates the diversity of Afro culture through art, entertainment and entrepreneurship, was conceived as a simple food festival in 2015 in Accra, Ghana, in West Africa. The annual event took flight in 2019 when it was held in conjunction with The Year of Return, an initiative that marked the 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia, and to promote Ghana as a travel destination for African Americans and the African diaspora. Afrochella Illinois is tailored to provide the local audience with an authentic experience of Afro culture. It will feature African food vendors, music, traditional dancers and drummers, a fashion show and a jollof rice battle – a lighthearted rivalry to decide the better of Nigerian or Ghanian styles of jollof. Admission is $20. Children under age 12 are admitted free.

Afrochella Illinois
Sat., July 24, 10 a.m.
Chatham Community Park
731 S. Main St., Chatham

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