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


Joseph M. Harrington – Chairman

Regional Health Officer/Administrative Law Judge Illinois Department of Public Health

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

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

Jess Williams – Treasurer

Sound Mine Studios - "Recording Noteworthy History"

Pam Morris – Secretary

Radio Personality for WVON AM1690

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

Africa International House


Katéy Assem

Executive Director, Chicago State University Foundation

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

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


Honorable Leonard Murray

Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Julian Roberts

President/CEO, Cloud Navigation, Inc.


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