Afrikfest Las Vegas commemorates 400th anniversary of the first enslaved African brought to colonial America on September 27 in Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS – August 30 2019)  Afrikfest Las Vegas a 3-day event planned for September 26 – 28, will kick off its second day with commemorating 400 years of African-American History on September 27 at the Las Vegas Conference Center.  A dark part of history that shaped this country happened in Virginia in 1619; the first enslaved Africans who were brought to North American colonies. In 2017, the United States Congress passed the 400 years of African-American History Commission Act which is charged with developing activities throughout the country to commemorate the arrival of Africans in the English colonies in 1619, an event widely regarded as the commencement of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in North America.

“As the only Commemorative event in the state of Nevada and with this challenging moment in history, this is an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves and our communities,” said Chris Usigbe, Executive Director. “Especially with our growing community of Africans and African Americans, it was important for Afrikfest to commemorate this time in history.” he continued.

Africans and African Americans in the diaspora, are working together to preserve, restore, and elevate ancestors’ stories, which are vital to our growth and contribution to our community in the next 400 years. The afternoon will see the community coming together in synergy to reflect, establish integral and purposeful connections with each other within and across their sectors of interest and expertise.

The 400th commemorative ceremony, produced by Ms. China Hudson, will feature an extraordinary lineup of performers, attendees will experience an evening of storytelling, an African ancestral parade, spiritual circle, healing ceremony, drums, and musical performances. Also, there will be a Diaspora Marketplace with vendors and exhibitors, and attendees will experience, authentic food, a fashion show in a festival and carnival type atmosphere. To cap off the evening, live entertainment produced by celebrity African recording artist, Yinka Rythmz and the Team Somebody Band, plus other musical artists will provide a combination of elements of West African musical styles with American funk and jazz influence.

The event will take place. September 27, from 5:30 pm –8:30 pm p.m. at the Conference Center of Las Vegas (CCLV), 6590 Bermuda Road, Las Vegas, NV.

Afrikfest is a FREE EVENT, and the entire community is invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional African fashion. To learn more about the organization, please visit our website at http://www.afrikfest.org or for vendor opportunities, call 702 649-2000.

 Media and cameras are encouraged to document the first of its kind event in Las Vegas. 

 Afrikfest Event Schedule September 26 – 28

  • Day 1 – Business Trade Summit & Expo
  • Day 2 – R400 Commemorative program & African Marketplace
  • Day 3 – Gala and Merit Awards/Night of African Excellence

About Afrikfest Las Vegas

Afrikfest Las Vegas Inc., the cultural arm of the African Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, is an IRS-approved 501 (c) (3) agency incorporated in Nevada. A community-based, socio-cultural organization is working for the cohesion of cultural heritage among African communities in the U.S., Africa, and around the world. Created members of the African community in Las Vegas, Nevada, the name  (AfrikFest Las Vegas – meaning African Festival in Las Vegas) was chosen to help bring awareness of the cultural diversity of the Africa Culture in Las Vegas. The organization is a bridge between Africans, African Americans in the diaspora, and supporters of the African culture to work in synergy to build communities.

For media, sponsor, or vendor information, please contact:

Winnie Brissett


Phone: (702) 649-2000



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