The mission of Africa International House is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture. Africa International House is an umbrella for linkages and exchanges of people from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Board of Directors


Shaffdeen A. Amuwo, MPH, Ph.D.-  Chairman

Clinical Associate Dean (Retired), School of Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago 

Jess Williams – Treasurer

Sound Mine Studios - "Recording Noteworthy History"

Patrick Woodtor - President/Founder & Producer, African Festival of the Arts

Africa International House


Jan Austin

Retired Executive Assistant for the Mayor's Office

Chuck Bowen

Executive Assistant to the Mayor (Retired)

Abdul Brimah

Computer Programmer, CNA Insurance

Kim L. Dulaney, Ed.D. 

Full-time Lecturer Chicago State University, African American Studies Department

Ewa I. Ewa, Ph.D.

CFO/Director of Personnel & Agency Procurement Officer at Illinois Human Rights & Torture Inquiry & Relief Commissions.

Alexander Gbayee

Liberian Consul General in Chicago

Pam Morris

Radio Personality for WVON AM1690

Honorable Leonard Murray

Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Julian Roberts

President/CEO, Cloud Navigation, Inc.

Kenya Calin

Djavan Conway

Latonja D. Ellis

Lisa Pilot-Livingston

Maavi Norman, Ph.D.

Sandra Dafiaghor, Ph.D.

Sheila Okonji Ashinze

Tyrone Pickens

Joshua McCann


Patrick Saingbey Woodtor – President/CEO

E-mail: Patrick@aihusa.org

Jan Austin - Director of Administration

Email: info@aihusa.org

Jess Williams – Comptroller/Jazz Programming

E-mail: JWEdgewater@aol.com

Abdul Brimah – Exhibitors and Sponsorship Logistics

E-mail: abdul@aihusa.org