Africa Caribbean Heritage Alliance NGO
POSITIVELY Reuniting the Caribbean with Africa!
Great Bay, St. Maarten – The influence of the African continent on the Caribbean culture is undeniable. Through food, clothing, dance, music and art, the African culture (especially West African) is still alive in the Caribbean. However, there is still a huge disconnect between the Caribbean and Africa, especially in economics, travel, and to some degree culture and education.
Founded in April 2014, the Africa Caribbean Heritage Alliance (ACHA), is a non governmental organization created in St. Maarten to reunite Africa and the Caribbean in the areas of heritage, culture, economics, education and travel. Started by Okama Ekpe Brook, who has worked for the United Nations in different parts of the world, ACHA is uniquely based in the hub of the Caribbean, St. Maarten. Mrs. Brook, originally Nigerian, fell in love with St. Maarten and the Caribbean. Her background working in nation building has uniquely given her a perspective on the relationship between Africa and the Caribbean that can be strengthened and nurtured.
Since it's official launching on November 26, 2014 at the Belair Community Center in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, various activities have been conducted bringing together Caribbean and African artists and entrepreneurs to raise awareness, have fun, develop businesses, conduct research and expand the networking experience. ACHA is locally supported by the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, Her Excellency, Sarah Wescot-Williams who was the guest of honour at the launching. The Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency Drs. Eugene Holiday participated in the first year anniversary celebrations of ACHA where a resource center was established at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. A number of partnerships have been created including a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between ACHA and the JTZ Publishing LLC, a Trinidad & Tobago based company that will enable the publishing of a biennial Magazine of the ACHA Experiences. ACHA has worked with the UNESCO National Secretariat, Philipsburg Jubilee Library, National Institute of Arts, Conscious Intelligence Institute, National Archaeological & Anthropological Memory Center, etc and constantly working to expand it's partnerships.
The immediate focus is really on bringing and building awareness to both Africa about the Caribbean and vice versa as well as facilitating the opportunities in various sectors that may arise thereafter. One of the missions in 2015-2017 plan of action is to visit Africa and assess feasibility of hosting an African Forum in the Caribbean; set up the Caribbean sister programmes and embark on creating ACHA Nigeria for the Africa region.
ACHA is joining forces with several partners and organizations to implement it's calendar of events for 2015-2017. Visit the different links above to participate in our activities, register for the MICE initiative and ongoing contests.
The entire community of St. Maarten, Caribbean people, Nigeria and African people, the Diaspora and people of African Descent are all encouraged to support the alliance.
Contact: Okama Ekpe Brook
SXM TelCell: +1-721-520-7286
Canadian No. +1-403-7823966