Our African Traditions Conference

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Keynote Presentation by: Dr. Charles S. Finch, III

Featuring: Nana Kwaku Sakyi (Ɔbosomfoɔ/Traditional Priest) and Nana Kwesi Odaaku (Ɔkyeame, Amanmere Ɔpanyin/Cultural Elder)


Bragorɔ: A Presentation on the Completion of Female Pubery Rites of Passage in Takyiman, Ghana

Date: Sat., December 3, 2016
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Community Room



Our African Traditions Conference presenters PHOTOS FROM THE "OUR AFRICAN TRADITIONS: GO BACK AND CLAIM IT." Conference

The conference was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone that supported the conference in various ways (i.e. promoting the event, making financial contributions, purchasing program ads, attending the event, etc.). There was a lot of knowledge and insight shared by Nana Kwaku Sakyi, Nana Kwesi Odaaku, and Dr. Charles S. Finch, III. Please take a moment to view some of the photos highlighting various moments of the conference.

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Greetings to Our community and Supporters of the "OUR AFRICAN TRADITIONS: GO BACK AND CLAIM IT." Conference,

The conference was a success in many ways. I thank the community and all the supporters who attended our event, because of your support it was a success. We ask our community to continue supporting all events that uplift our culture. Dr. Charles Finch's presentation and encouragement to not feel ashamed and embrace our cultural heritage was a very well received message. He focused on the history, connection and retention of African spiritual traditions here in the diaspora and on the continent. Nana Kwesi Odaaku's lecture spoke to the various forms of rites of passages that corresponds to each stage of the life.

A special thanks to El Tehuti and Mr. Ron Nuby for their timeless support and diligence in making this event a success. Thanks to my son and daughter Yao and Yaa Tia for their assistance with the set up and at the registration table. I also would like to extend thanks to Ayola Gayle for her assistance at the registration table. Thank you, Mr. Lucius King for taking time out of your busy schedule to photograph our first of many conferences.

I cannot thank my wife Akosua enough for her making this conference come into reality. She somehow managed to juggle her business along with being my eyes, ears and hands in all the work she did, again I cannot thank her enough.

In closing I leave you with a proverb:
"Adeopen e yera a, wofiri fie na open epopen e."
"If something is lost, you start looking for it at home."

Nana Kwaku Sakyi

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Event Theme: Our African Traditions: Go Back and Claim It
Purpose: The focus of the conference is to share traditional tools that will enable you to maintain contact with your African spiritual past while living in a western society.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (theatre) - 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
Admission: $10

Keynote Presentation by: Dr. Charles S. Finch, III

Panel Discussion: Akan Perspectives on the Concepts of:

  • Onyame (God) & Asase Yaa (Mother Earth)
  • Onipa (Human Beings), Nsamanfoɔ (Ancestors)
  • Ɔbosom & the Training of Traditional Priests
Featuring: Nana Kwaku Sakyi (Ɔbosomfoɔ/Traditional Priest) and Nana Kwesi Odaaku (Ɔkyeame, Amanmere Ɔpanyin/Cultural Elder)

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About Dr. Charles S. Finch, III

Dr. Charles S. Finch IIICharles S. Finch, III was formerly Director of International Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine.  He is a 1971 graduate of Yale University and a 1976 graduate of Jefferson Medical College.  He completed a family medicine residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in 1979.

Dr. Finch joined the Department of Family Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1982 and then the Office of International Health in 1989, eventually becoming the principal investigator of a traditional healer survey among the Serer people of Senegal, 1991-1992.  Dr. Finch led three additional traditional healer projects in Senegal, ending October,1995.  Between 1992 - 1995, he led groups to traditional healing ceremonies in Senegal. 

Dr. Finch has conducted independent studies in African antiquities, comparative religion, anthropology, and ancient science since 1971.  Since 1982, he has published more than a dozen articles, including The African Background of Medical Science and Science and Symbol in Egyptian Medicine.  A collection of Dr. Finch's essays, The African Background to Medical Science, was published by Karnak House (London) in November, 1990.  His Echoes of the Old Dark Land (August, 1991) was published by Khenti Inc. (Decatur) and his most recent book, The Star of Deep Beginnings: Genesis of African Science & Technology, was published in February, 1998 (Khenti Inc., Decatur).

Dr. Finch has lectured numerous times in the U.S., Senegal, England, Switzerland, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Bahamas, and Egypt on diverse topics.  He has led eight study tours to Egypt since 1989 and traveled to Africa extensively. He was a co-organizer of Coumba Lamba USA, an  8-day African healing ceremony on St. Helena Island, South Carolina in 1996.  He was Morehouse School of Medicine’s principal investigator of a cooperative agreement with the U.S.-sponsored Global AIDS Program Initiative to conduct programs against non-AIDS sexually transmitted infections in two southern African countries.

Dr. Finch currently works as an Emergency Room physician.

Web Site: www.charlessfinch.com


film series flyer

Location: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, studio 2
6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
Admission to the film series: Free and open to the public

Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:00pm
Film: Cultural Bias by Dr. Edwin Nichols

Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:00pm
Film: Post Tramatic Slave Sydrome by Dr. Joy D. Leary

Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 6:00pm
Film: I Shall Moulder Before I Surrender

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:00pm
Film: Dogon, Egypt, Sirius Connection by Dr. Charles S. Finch

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