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An immersive cultural, spiritual and business trip to Nigeria

Overview

Where

The Harlem Collective
1867 Amsterdam Avenue
Unit 1A
New York, NY 10031
United States

When

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 9:00pm to Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:59pm

Details

The United Nations General Assembly, by its resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013, proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent commencing January 1, 2015, and ending on December 31, 2024, with the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”. The main objective of the International Decade is to promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human. To mark the United Nations’ proclamation, the New York African Chorus Ensemble invites you to travel with us on a 20 days journey of self-discovery, cultural reaffirmation with the additional opportunities for investments in Nigeria.   To register for this trip please go to www.nyafricanensemble.com  OPTION A FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT: The selected Sixteen people will have their individual histories wrought from different social, professional and economic backgrounds. Now, at the crossroads of existential maturity, they are all united in heartfelt understanding of the erasure of their indigenous self-identity and the perversion of their ancestry. For these 16 people they will reclaim, redefine and hopefully embrace their authentic cultural identity and spiritual systems as a guide to a better, befitting way of life; one which coexists with and not against nature. In addition, as Change Makers, they will be empowered to serve as the link between Nigeria and the United States in areas of cultural exchange, tourism, hospitality and all other business ventures. They will be inspired to make the necessary innovations for the creation of a better, more impactful and profitable business models with the world as their market. WHAT IT OFFERS                                                              For the 16 people, the trip is an immersive cultural, spiritual and business trip which seeks to connect the dots between their past, present and future. The 20-day trip is designed to offer: Tours to significant historical sites, living monuments and institutions that shed new lights on the skewered accounts of  Nigerian (and African) cultures and traditions. Live observation of, and interaction with qualified practitioners of Yoruba indigenous Orisa religion, leading to a wider appreciation of African philosophical, cosmological and moral universe. Vantage point participation/observation privileges at several Orisa festivals. Authentic Yoruba spiritual counselling and guidance (through divination). First hand sightings and information on the various forms of world-famous Nigerian indigenous arts and crafts; from visual and performing arts undertaken as social and commercial ventures, to the deep mysteries of religious arts/craft The more entrepreneurial of the 16 pilgrims will quickly discover that many of these indigenous arts are veritable channels of wealth-creation through new, innovative business models that take into cognizance African values and communal aspirations. Intimate meetings with four Traditional Rulers who can facilitate land ownership, business development, meetings with Elected Officials and etc. in their city. Participation in an epic making documentary.   OPTION B FOR THE ARTIST: The Singer who seeks to understand the root of Jazz; the Drummer who wishes to learn the complex African drum technique; the Fashion Designer who envisions the International Fishing Festival or any other historic places in Nigeria as a site for his next fashion show; the dancer who wishes to understand the vocabulary of the various Orisa dances will have an unforgetable experience learning and collaborating with fellow Nigerian Artists. The trip offers the opportunities enumerated above in Option A including the opportunity to learn and perform with Nigerians Artists at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Osun State and at the site of the International Fishing Village located in Argungu, Kebbi State. OPTION C FOR THOSE WHO DESIRE A SHORTER VISIT: We understand that many people would love to travel with us to Nigeria, but cannot stay for 20 days. We are happy to customize the trip for you. Please fill out the application and we will give you a call. Itinerary: -Visit three states (Osun, Ekiti, Kebbi) *Osun State Osun-Osogbo Sacred Groove Osun-Osogbo Cultural Festival *Ataoja Royal Palace His Royal Highness Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun Larooye I Ile- Ife (the place where the world began) Sacred Spaces Obafemi Awolowo University *The Spiritual Head of Yoruba race globally, His Royal Highness Ooni of Ife Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II   Ekiti State Ero Sacred River Ikogosi Warm Spring *His Royal Highness Onikun of Ikun Oba David Olatunde Olusola  *Kebbi State Kanta Museum Mayan Fada River site of the International Fishing Festival His Excellency Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu *His Royal Highness the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammadu Mera Registration: June 5 – July 16, 2018 Notification to successful candidates: July 1st 50% deposit due: on or before July 5th Full balance due: on or before July 30th *There will be an orientation on August 6, 2018, for all the successful candidates. The Tour Guide will be given to all successful candidates. *Please fill out and submit your application on our website: www.nyafricanensemble.com Cost for 20 days trip: 3,550 USD. Includes flight from the US to Nigeria, all hotels in Nigeria, local transportation including travel by air and road, spiritual consultation and itinerary booklet which contains important information about Nigeria. Please send all Money Orders or Cashier’s Check to: New York African Chorus Ensemble C/o Joyce Adewumi 521 West 146th Street, Unit 195 New York, NY 10031