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Local youth group experience a summer adventure of African culture

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 8/10/2015, 9:49 a.m.
The Roots for Youth African Children’s Theater will present I’m No Fool!, an original play that embraces the culture of ...
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The Roots for Youth African Children’s Theater will present I’m No Fool!, an original play that embraces the culture of Nigeria, written and directed by local actress Renee Miche’al. The production will be held at the Act of Change Inc., Institute of Cultural Arts, located at 3200 S. Lancaster Road, Ste. 623 in the Lancaster-Kiest Shopping Center in Oak Cliff. The first performance will be held today through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the summer, Wole Akanni Duro Ladipo and Otunba Babajide Ologundudu Oladipupo, international businessmen of Impeccable First Eye Concepts, a cultural exchange organization, mentored the theater group on the Yoruba culture of Nigeria.

“Yoruba cultural values have become a global interest,” Ladipo said. “African American youth acting, drumming and dancing to a Yoruba setting play in the English language and the Yoruba language through idiomatic expression and proverbs is really amazing. What a real example of cultural exchange. Impeccable First Eye Concept is highly honored to be part of this project.”

Amiya Johnson, an 8-year-old student at Ronald Erwin McNair Elementary School, stated that the play taught her about life in Africa – the clothes, language and other things she didn’t know about. She said it was important for her to learn about her culture.

Roots for Youth is a cultural organization founded to reconnect youth to their African Culture by providing traditional African theater, cultural literature and culturally inspired products. Previous productions have carried audiences to Senegal, Ghana, Haiti and even South Africa.

“Our story is normally not told, and when we are able to tell our own story and our children are able to participate, it makes the community stronger, it makes our children stronger, which makes our future stronger,” expressed Tameira Johnson, parent of 9-year-old youth actress Carmen.

For more information and reservations, call 214-938-0917 or 214-500-7747. Tickets are also available at the door.