is an energized activated visionary-manifestor, living the experience of
eternality to her best ability. Achee grew out of Audre-y's vision
and heart, stemming from her first journey to Africa in the 1980's with
her then-little daughter. Dedicated to love and
acceptance/transformation of self, others and the planet, Audre-y in
2000 was instooled as Nana Aboagye Antwi I or Queen Mother of Progress
for Young Women and Girls in Akim Anyinase, Ghana, now Achee's adopted
village. Akim Anyinase and other villages are in discussions about
becoming ecological or eco-villages. As Co-President of Achee-Benin
ONG, Audre-y delightedly maintains communication with our friends and
associates in Benin.
A born intuitive with an enhanced mentality,
Audre-y has always been able to sense and "know" things about
people, the world and life. A natural metaphysician and
mystic, Audre-y is also spiritually ordained and initiated in various
paths, including the Tao. She can perform all spiritual
ceremonies, including marriage, in New York. A psychic channel,
Audre-y does energy Light healings using her own technique, as well as
her wisdom and ability as a Reiki Master, Access Energy practitioner,
shaman. A spiritual counselor-therapist, Audre sees clients and
has conducted seminars in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. A
charismatic Speaker/Presenter at many expos, Audre-y's lectures are
interactive, fun and energizing.
An "Inspiration" award-winning access
TV producer at the 1998 Alliance for Community Media's Hometown Video
Festival "From Vision to Reality," Audre-y's current
show, "Aurora Borealis & Achee With Audre-y," is live in
Manhattan on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on TimeWarner/AOLTV's
Channel 56 or on RCN's Channel 88 or 108. Catch it globally on the
World Wide Web by logging on to MNN.org at your local time that is
exactly the same as 7:30 p.m. Manhattan time, then click on 56 for
Channel 56, and voila! MIME capability may be required. This
show combines the best of Achee's participation in Africa with
up-to-the-minute invigorating information and guests on ecology,
wellness, and spirituality. Great music is always played.
Audre-y is taking steps to having an hourlong international cable show
that entertains, informs and catalyzes.
"A Healer's Heart: A Potpourri of
Humanity" (maybe Hu-wo-manity) is Audre-y's book. She is open
to great methods of publication. A poet and writer, Audre-y
writes both from her own words and guided information that is
ever-present. The connection with higher dimensions is
easily accessible when one allows it. This is an experience
of the soul, heart and body.
A great lover of music, especially jazz,
African and Caribbean, Audre-y can be found at parks and festivals,
dancing and celebrating life. Involved in movements that
enhance life everywhere, Audre-y goes to Washington, participates with
the Spiritual Caucus of the UN, is a member of the Communication
Coordination Committee of the UN (CCC-UN), the Society of Enlightenment and Transformation (SEAT) at the
UN, and We The People, as well as many peace and ecological
Ever involved in her own internal-external
growth, Audre-y lives a multicultural life, preferring the sunny climes
where pineapple, coconut, mango thrive. Fine-tuning her Spanish
and French, Audre-y considers one of her greatest treasure to be her
beloved daughter Alana. Exuberant, sensitive, and spontaneous,
Audre-y is living her dreams. Dance the journey of life and
participate in the wonder of being alive, as we all explore the
boundless possibilities of being, doing and having. It is a most
exciting time/matrix to be around!
Audre-y invites YOUR presence and contribution, as
client, philanthropist, colleague, volunteer. Now is the time.
Thank you and many blessings!!!
Annette Oton is a Nigerian-born, U.S. and British educated architectural
designer. She is the principal and creative director of A2EO
Architecture + Design whose architectural design background has focused
on the development of culturally sensitive projects, in particular,
about, for and in black (African, African-American and Caribbean)
communities. Her architectural education, experience and expertise
converged with construction experience at several New York City area
architecture and construction firms. Over the last 10 years, Atim has
worked in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector in
varying capacities from design, project management and administration.
In the last five years, she has been developing a holistic, cultural and
sustainable design focus in architecture combined with a dynamic
business philosophy that responds to the converging lines of
architecture and building (construction).
A graduate of City College of New York and the
Architectural Association Graduate School, London, Atim's work has been
published in Architecture Record, Design Build magazine, Design
Architecture.com, Oculus and Blacklines magazine. Her work has
been exhibited at the Architectural Association, London, and in New York
at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Institute for
the Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC),
the Bronx Museum of Art and the City College of New York. Atim is also
the Associate Chair of Product Design at Parsons School of Design in New
York. She was a Studio Professor, Interior Design Division at Berkeley
College, Waldwick, NJ. She is a Board Member of the City College of New
York's Architecture Alumni Group, an Advisory Board Member for the City
College Academy for Professional Preparation Intern Program and a member
of the Van Alen Institute, Organization of Black Designers, New York,
National Association of Minorities in Cable (NAMIC), the National Urban
League and the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCACI).
A2EO Architecture + Design is a New York-based
design firm that focuses on four distinctive areas: Green Design,
Sustainable Design and Architecture; Exhibition, Cultural and
Interpretive Design; and Interior Architecture and Institutional
An informed, imaginative, intuitive
marketing consultant, Jolene is also an energetic, effective, and
efficient communicator. Highly creative, well versed in eCommerce,
web site construction, and traditional media, Jolene is a business-builder
with a superb management and motivational background. She contributes
goal-driven, result-oriented concepts to a forward-thinking team.
Believing that all organizations aim to increase
productivity, profitability and personal fulfillment, Jolene brings her
experience in working with people of different interests and backgrounds
to all her enterprises. Coupled with her keen mind and delight in
enhancing organizational business development and profitability, she
writes, designs, presents and produces advertising, marketing and
promotional campaigns for small and mid-sized businesses, including
development of corporate identity packages. As a developer of
internet commerce solutions and creative resources, Jolene's company,
BUSINESSandCULTURE.com, supports a strong and diverse client base of
authors, educators, retailers, business-to-business firms, service
providers, and nonprofit organizations.
In 1998, Jolene realized a dream when she
co-founded the holistic learning center and artistic sanctuary called Hut
Humble in Auburndale, NY. Located on 5,000 square feet of space, it
had an ample art gallery; a large public performance space adjoining an
Oriental tea room; a large classroom; a publishing office, and a bookstore
featuring works dedicated to the arts, sciences and the philosophy of
everyday living. She envisioned Hut Humble as a meeting place for
people of all backgrounds to unite in their love of art, culture,
spirituality and humanity. Jolene designed the space, following her
philosophy of sensing and bringing the classic to modern life, enjoying
and respecting the thoughtfulness of previous eras, thus maintaining the
knowledge and taste of the past. This resulted in a lovely and
inviting classical environment, termed "A Center of Tranquility"
in a full-page profile in Newsday by Nancy Ruhling on Sept. 18, 1998.
Though Hut Humble closed its doors, Jolene brings this expertise and
brilliance to Achee.
"For the past five years," says Jolene,
"I indulged myself in the study of the art of Chinese culture.
Although I am Chinese, it never occurred to me that I would fall in love
with my own culture, as I am now. The Chinese understood the whole of life
as the proper field of creativity, not just ceramics, music, books and
paintings, but also drinking tea, writing poetry and making love.
Everything we do can be an art. Everything can be infused with creativity
and beauty. It is an outpouring of the thought and feeling called up
in me by Tao, art and love. Tao is the path to human goodness."
Jolene says the living Tao is in humanity. Her teachers of the wisdom of
Tao include the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching. "Art is as
natural as the sea, the birds, the clouds. Love is no other than the
rhythm of Tao. My teacher to love is life."
Yacona M.S.W., M.D.
As a medical doctor and certified clinical social worker, Dr.
Yacona has more than 20 years of experience working in hospitals and clinics
in outpatient and inpatient facilities from emergency rooms to pediatrics to
oncology and other medical specialties. She has had a private practice as a
psychotherapist, working with adults, adolescents, children, support groups
and family therapy.
Dr. Yacona is a adjunct professor at the Harid Conservatory of
music at Lynn University, as well as well as a private voice teacher and
coach. Formerly an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University in the
Health Sciences Department, she is interested in health and well-being that
encompasses many diverse areas of expertise, from sound healing,
communications skills, preventive medicine, alternative health and mind-body
connection to the spiritual ramifications of human thought patterns.
Dr. Yacona’s ample talents include dress-making and hand
analysis. A singer, Dr. Yacona has performed at New York cabarets and other
venues. A consummate musician who plays both piano and guitar, she also
composes music and writes songs.
A citizen of Ghana, where he was a government official working
with NGO’s and community development, Mashood is in New York, attending the
graduate program in international development at Columbia University. Well
versed in and knowing the needs and abilities of Africans, particularly
Ghanaians, Mashood also speaks several African languages. Because of his
outstanding achievements and cumulative grade point average, Mashood looks
forward to receiving a scholarship and/or grant from Columbia University.
A full-time honors student on full Presidential
Scholarship, Rosa attends Long Island University. Fluent in Spanish and
English, thanks to her Cuban roots, Rosa is interested in pursuing
advanced degrees that would permit her to work with Latin America, the
Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S. to enhance the quality of life wherever
she placed herself. A tutor to other students, Rosa maintains excellent
academic credentials, including being on Dean’s List.
A grants writer, Rosa has
helped several organizations, including healing centers in Brooklyn,
obtain financing. A previous Emergency Medical Corps worker, Rosa has
helped save lives that might otherwise have been lost and knows how to
handle herself in challenging circumstances. This has enhanced her
already strong compassion.
Astute and well-informed politically, Rosa
prefers peace and negotiation as methods of solving family and world
issues. She advises that greater communication and interchange is needed
between people of different cultures and backgrounds to help eliminate
some of the difficulties on the Earth. Rosa is preparing herself to be a
greater part of the solution, and thanks all those who have encouraged
her in opening the way for this to occur.
Maciel de Castro
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lygia is a Native Tupi/Guarani,Taino with
European and other ancestry. A 12th generation of Elder
Medicine Women descendant, Lygia knew from early childhood how precious
life is and how important it is to respect all living things on Earth,
recognizing that we are all part of the greater universal rainbow of
life, so vast and different, and yet, so similar and alike.
She is a ceremonial leader and teacher.
Since the age of 3, Lygia has been able to read
gem stones. A "Daughter of the Saints" in the
ancient traditions of Africa, she was also accepted into the Circle of
North American Elders Cherokee Seven Generations at the Sunray Community
by the Healer Elder Dyani Wahoo in Vermont in the 1990s.
A participant in numerous international
programs with Loyola University in New Orleans since 1968, Lygia was
involved with the HBO production of the Great American Ghost Tour about
major spiritual events across the U.S. The Assistant
Director for "Black Medea" adapted from Euripedes in the first
Spoleto USA Festival in 1977, Lygia also does readings and performances
internationally. She has organized sacred
the world, including to China, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Korea,
Russia, Bulgaria, Brazil and Africa. Lygia speaks seven
With other Light Workers, she teaches Circle of
Sacred Dances called "PanEurhythmy" globally to bring peace,
joy and harmony to humanity and the planet. Every Sunday
morning at 9:30 a.m. in Manhattan, join the PanEurhythmy circle dance at
72nd Street west of Bethesda Fountain at Sherry Hill in Central Park.
ONG Bureau/Board of Directors,
Republic of Benin
S. Arbe, Co-President
de Chacus, First Vice President
Catraye, Second Vice President
Hounsa, Third Vice President
Kader Toholin, Co-Founder/Secretary
Victoire Gandicbe, Co-Founder/Treasurer
Social Club Board of Directors
Adjei, National President
Alexandra Acquaah, National Vice President
Okrah, National Secretary
Amaning Opintang II (Louis Aboagye-Donkor), Public Relations
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