Southeast Georgia Health System to Celebrate Black History Month with Presentations by the Sankofa Cultural Group

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In celebration of Black History Month, Southeast Georgia Health System will host two performances by the Sankofa Cultural Group, a group composed of professional artists schooled in African art forms. The performances are free and open to the community.

The first performance will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive. A second performance will take place in St. Marys on Wednesday, Feb. 26., at 5 p.m. in the Activities Room of the Senior Care Center-St. Marys, 805 Dilworth St.

The Sankofa Cultural Group incorporate music, dance, poetry, story-telling, interactive games and more, to convey the similarities between African and American cultures. They present a high-energy, collaborative performance that encourages audience participation and gives volunteers hands-on drumming experience with an array of traditional African instruments. The group’s name, Sankofa, is an Adinkra symbol of the Akan people of Ghana that admonishes us to return to our roots in order to be able to map out our future.

Braima Moiwai is one of the artists who will be performing at the celebration. Born into a family of coffee and rice farmers in Sierra Leone, West Africa, he studied history and geography at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and taught for five years before immigrating to the United States in 1986. He now lives in Durham, North Carolina.

"I love my country of Sierra Leone and I feel we share many common bonds with the United States," Moiwai says, "I like to transmit my knowledge of village life in West Africa and explore the many connections between African and American Culture."

Moiwai is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers and founder of the Gullah Project in Durham, North Carolina. He serves as a tour guide for school field trips to the Gullah Sea Islands and has also presented in numerous other venues throughout the U.S. and internationally. Other Sankofa Cultural Group members who will be performing are Carolyn Evans and John and Marci Grady.