A nonprofit organization is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to build a global community.
Yvonne Baraketse is a dedicated educator and community leader. She experienced firsthand the benefits of African dance on coping with the war trauma she faced in Rwanda in 1994. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and founded NACC with a vision to create a culture learning space about Africa for all.
Deidre Nicole Green is theologian, philosopher, and athor of Works of Love in a World of Violence. She has traveled to Africa to interview religious women of various countries, including Rwanda and that's how she met Yvonne in 2016. After listening to her vision for NACC, she offered to become a founding board member.
Annette Knight has an interest in International Affairs having studied International Public Law, Comparative Constitutions and as a Research Assistant for the International Center for Law and Religious Studies. She enjoys volunteering and bringing public awareness to our organization both locally and internationally.
Born and bred in Logan, Utah, Leslie Hadfie, now a History professor and the Coordinator for Africana Studies at Brigham Young University. Having lived in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, she speaks Xhosa and Swahili. Hadfield earned her PhD in African history at Michigan State, after which she began teaching at BYU.
Reginald Maonedzo is a passionate Entrepreneur, an immigrant from Zimbabwe, who graduated from BYUI with a degree in Business Management, Entrepreneurial emphasis, and is now seeking an MBA in Finance with SUU. He finds joy from playing drums and resonating with the African music.
Phoebe is from Minnesota and mother of 5. She has a degree from BYU in Theater and English education where she took some modern dance classes laying the foundation to join the NGOMA dance team. She loves to learn more about the beautiful music, dance, and languages of Africa and to connect with diverse people.
Equipped with a BSc in Marketing, Vimbai Murisi chose to serve in Non-Profit development work. She is an MPA graduate student with special skills in Resource Development, Project Implementation, Data Analysis and Administration. Her role in various projects has improved many lives in the rural communities of Zimbabwe.
At our Culture Learning Center, you can LEARN (Jifunza) languages such as French (every Tuesday) and Swahili (every Saturday), EXPERIENCE (Ujuzi) African History, Cooking, and Arts & Crafts (once a month) as well as DANCE, DRUM and SING (Ngoma) to improve your physical and mental health with these amazing teachers.
Erick is from the D.R.Congo and an Accounting student at the Ensign College. Founder of Hope Change Nations, Erick finds joy in mentoring, socializing, music, and dance. He loves NACC as it provides opportunities to perform and to create a social environment fostering friendships with people of different backgrounds.
Ashley Kalala is from Utah and is a French BA student at the University of Utah. She has outstanding French teaching abilities and won the Best Paper Award of Lower Division Writing for excellent verbal and written communication skills in 2014. She has a passion for cultures surrounding French-speaking countries.
Jonathan Tshibanda is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He currently studies Civil Engineering at BYU. He has worked part-time at the BYU French lab where he helped students practice speaking French.
He volunteers as the French class teacher because he likes to serve and to share his African heritage with others.
Joy Sitawa Richards is a Human Resources professional, BYU Adjunct Faculty for Swahili, and Coordinator for the Swahili Interpretation team with the LDS Church conferences. She immigrated from Kenya and graduated from BYU with a MPA degree. She loves being connected to her African roots and enjoys everything African.
Karani is from Kenya where he worked in radio as a breakfast and political talk show host for 5 years prior to graduating in Broadcast Journalism-TV from BYU.
He joined NACC because the organization connects him to his roots back in the motherland as a Panafricanist. He feels spirits of his ancestors through drumming.
Annette Campbell is from Jamaica and has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work with an emphasis in photography, sculpture and art studies. She enjoys painting, drawing, taking pictures, and traveling. Her favorite quote: “Every child is an artist". The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”Pablo Picasso.
Bibiche Ehounou is from DR of Congo. She has a Business degree and owns an African restaurant called "Restaurant Le Carrefour". She teaches the cooking class to help those interested to learn how to make African food. She believes in the importance of keeping our culture alive even though we live in a foreign country.