SERIGNE MARA DIAKHATE, PRESIDENT AND CEO (FOUNDER OF DA’ AFRICAN VILLAGE)
Serigne “Mara” Diakhate is a native of Dakar, Senegal, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is a world traveler, entrepreneur, and PanAfricanist. Mara is also the CEO and founder of Da’ African Village which serves as “A bridge of togetherness” between the United States and Africa. His mission is to share the rich culture and traditions of West Africa with the rest of the world. He believes, if a person does not know where he comes from, then he does not know where he is going. This is why educating others by equipping them with the knowledge of the history, culture, and language of west Africa has become a part of his life’s work.
SUNNY MOORE, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, VICE PRESIDENT, is from Los Angeles, California where she is well-known in the conscious community as a social activist and dancer. Sunny also works in the film industry in production and as casting director. She is a world traveler and has been to various countries in South America, Africa and Asia, due to her political awareness and passion in global history and culture.
BUNAAMA DIAGNE, SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR, EDITOR OF WOLOF TIMES, is currently responsible for the maintenance of Mara Da African Village’s website and also helps promote its various events and activities. Buna was born in Indiana and raised in Senegal by Senegalese parents. He has lived for extensive periods of times in Senegal, France and the United States, and is multilingual as a result (French, English & Wolof). Buna holds an Engineering Mechanics & Astronautics BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and works full-time as an Aerospace Engineer for French US-Based company Zodiac Aerospace. Having relocated to Los Angeles from Dallas in 2011, Buna’s passion for the arts has led him to become actively involved in the local community and state’s cultural events. He promotes and covers various events and activies state an nationwide via his online publication Wolof Times (www.woloftimes.wordpress.com) which also staffs reporters across states. Buna contributes a sense of multiculturalism, social and political awareness to our organization to help further strengthen the bond between Africa and its Diaspora.
JORDAN DIANDY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, COORDINATOR, is originally from Senegal, West Africa, Jordan studied 4 years on a full ride scholarship for Basketball. He has a Bachelor degree in International Business from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. Jordan also speaks three European languages: French, Spanish and English as well as two African languages: Wolof and Diola. Jordan helps coordinate various events for Mara Da’ African Village and also conducts educational presentations on Senegalese culture.
ELISANGELA “DANDHA DA HORA” SOUSA, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, and has been a member of Ilê Aiyê – one of Brazil’s most important musical and cultural institutions – since she was six years old. As a lead dancer with Ilê Aiyê, Dandha has shared the stage with Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Daniela Mercury. Also with Ilê Aiyê, she has been teaching dance and AfroBrazilian arts for over 20 years, including programs with at-risk youth, and dance workshops all over the world. Based in Santa Cruz, CA since 2003, Dandha teaches dance workshops and lectures on AfroBrazilian culture all over the U.S., and performs as lead singer with the band SambaDá. She is also on the Board of Directors and an active program coordinator for the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Da African Village.