About Us

Our History

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization recognized by the US. Federal Government and three states, Michigan, Ohio ...

Our Mission

To bring together, Nationally and Internationally, the various African and African American Cultures represented to share cultures, to strengthen the ...

Our Vision

Preparing all Africans no matter where they dwell to become part of the Africana Renaissance and create a new Glory for All African people.

Leadership Team

Professor Anita M. Diop is the Executive Director of a small staff and volunteers who are committed to the vision and mission of the African Roots and Heritage Foundation. Professor Anita M. Diop is currently teaching African American and American History at Hopkinsville Community College and serves as the Adviser for the Minority Student Union and the History Club. She is also the Founder and Executive Director for the African Roots and Heritage Foundation (ARHF). ARHF is a non-profit organization with a mission to share African Culture through public programs such as the African Roots and Heritage Festival which drew 19 African Nations together to plan and participate building the bridges between the Diaspora and the African continent. Their Motto is “Celebrating Our Heritage, while confronting the Challenges of being Black”.

Professor Diop specializes in the Culture and Arts and her scholarly works, include, Katherine Dunham: An African American Cultural Icon and various essays and articles. Professor Diop also is a travel photographer and has exhibited her photographic essay, entitled Eyes of the AfricanPrincess, at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and many other government sites, colleges, and universities. To her credit she is also an award winning short film Director and Producer of “Concrete Roses”.

In 2010 Anita was elected at the Ohio Representative for the Sixth Regional Diaspora Caucus and later became the International Representative to the African Union. She has sat on the 3rd and 4th Pan African Cultural Congress, and the 3rd Minister of Culture (CAMC3) and the Youth, Culture, and Sport (STC-YCS2). Her most recent accomplishment includes participating in The 1st African Union Pan African Writer's Conference, and was elected as representative of the Diaspora for the Bureau's Meeting.

She is known as the Spirit of Africa because of her passionate works on bringing cultural awareness and participating in the ongoing Africana Renaissance and uplifting African people no matter where they dwell.

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Diaspora hears the Voice of our Ancestors 


AU Appoints ARHF Executive Director, Professor Anita M. Diop as a member of ALWCC 


ARHF Partners with University of Yaounde to Launch the Anita M. Diop Scholarship of Excellence 


ACALAN unveils the African Languages Week Logo 


Professor Anita M Diop was elected to lead the Activities and Key Message sub-committee 

ACALAN-AU Launches African Languages Week 

The Executive Director participates in the Uganda Program, TWENDE 


ARHF Partners with CERDOTOLA for CIC 2022 




12/08/2021
Professor Anita M. Diop Executive Director

Professor Anita M. Diop is the Executive Director of a small staff and volunteers who are committed to the vision and mission of the African Roots and Heritage Foundation. Professor Anita M. Diop is currently teaching African American and American History at Hopkinsville Community College and serves as the Adviser for the Minority Student Union and the History Club. She is also the Founder and Executive Director for the African Roots and Heritage Foundation (ARHF). ARHF is a non-profit organization with a mission to share African Culture through public programs such as the African Roots and Heritage Festival which drew 19 African Nations together to plan and participate building the bridges between the Diaspora and the African continent. Their Motto is “Celebrating Our Heritage, while confronting the Challenges of being Black”.

Professor Diop specializes in the Culture and Arts and her scholarly works, include, Katherine Dunham: An African American Cultural Icon and various essays and articles. Professor Diop also is a travel photographer and has exhibited her photographic essay, entitled Eyes of the AfricanPrincess, at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and many other government sites, colleges, and universities. To her credit she is also an award winning short film Director and Producer of “Concrete Roses”.

In 2010 Anita was elected at the Ohio Representative for the Sixth Regional Diaspora Caucus and later became the International Representative to the African Union. She has sat on the 3rd and 4th Pan African Cultural Congress, and the 3rd Minister of Culture (CAMC3) and the Youth, Culture, and Sport (STC-YCS2). Her most recent accomplishment includes participating in The 1st African Union Pan African Writer's Conference, and was elected as representative of the Diaspora for the Bureau's Meeting.

She is known as the Spirit of Africa because of her passionate works on bringing cultural awareness and participating in the ongoing Africana Renaissance and uplifting African people no matter where they dwell.

To read more click here 


Diaspora hears the Voice of our Ancestors 


AU Appoints ARHF Executive Director, Professor Anita M. Diop as a member of ALWCC 


ARHF Partners with University of Yaounde to Launch the Anita M. Diop Scholarship of Excellence 


ACALAN unveils the African Languages Week Logo 


Professor Anita M Diop was elected to lead the Activities and Key Message sub-committee 

ACALAN-AU Launches African Languages Week 

The Executive Director participates in the Uganda Program, TWENDE 


ARHF Partners with CERDOTOLA for CIC 2022 




12/08/2021
Professor Anita M. Diop Executive Director

Dr. Mbu Dora Nyuykighan is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of African Literature and Civilisations, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon. Prior to this, she has taught in some Universities in Nigeria, Federal Univeristy Lokoja (2012-2020), and Kaduna State University (2009-2011). She is a holder of a BA English from the University of Buea, Cameroon, M.A. Literature, Ahmadu Bello Unviersity Zaria, Nigeria and a PhD in African Literature, Univeristy of Yaounde I, Cameroon. She holds a PGD in Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Mbu is an author and has published a number of scholarly articles in preferred journals as well as presented various well-researched papers at both local and international conferences.

She is a member of several Professional bodies and Associations such as:

The Nigerian Folklore Society

Linguistic Association of Nigeria

English Scholars’Association of Nigeria

Her research activities are currently multiple and engaging the students: The first explores the domains of African Literature, Gender Studies and African Oral Literature. The second advances the call for a return to our African roots and heritage through the valorisation of the African culture and languages. The third is the restitution and preservation of African artefacts.

As an Educator, Dr. Mbu’s passion to share her findings with youth gives the students the opportunity to visit several Kingdoms in different regions of Cameroon to study and know more about: 1) the African artefacts, 2) identify those stolen during the colonial period, 3) clamour for their return to their abodes of origin as well as 4) the different ways to preserve sacred objects and artefacts. As the Assistant Director of ARHF, this is the bridge between classroom methodologies and fieldwork.

Knowing that our children are our future, she feels her contribution is to work hand in hand with the students, engaing them to strive to do the best for themselves and Cameroon at large. In the spirit of African Renaissance, her activities fosters reconnection with the youth in our ancient traditions and customs. As a researcher, she advocates for traditional peace and conflict resolution in our communities. With this body of knowledge, professional repertoire we welcome Dr. Mbu as the Assistant Director of the African Roots and Heritage Foundation Cameroon branch.

10/25/2023
Dr. Mbu Dora Nyuykighan, Assistant Director

Dr. Mbu Dora Nyuykighan is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of African Literature and Civilisations, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon. Prior to this, she has taught in some Universities in Nigeria, Federal Univeristy Lokoja (2012-2020), and Kaduna State University (2009-2011). She is a holder of a BA English from the University of Buea, Cameroon, M.A. Literature, Ahmadu Bello Unviersity Zaria, Nigeria and a PhD in African Literature, Univeristy of Yaounde I, Cameroon. She holds a PGD in Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Mbu is an author and has published a number of scholarly articles in preferred journals as well as presented various well-researched papers at both local and international conferences.

She is a member of several Professional bodies and Associations such as:

The Nigerian Folklore Society

Linguistic Association of Nigeria

English Scholars’Association of Nigeria

Her research activities are currently multiple and engaging the students: The first explores the domains of African Literature, Gender Studies and African Oral Literature. The second advances the call for a return to our African roots and heritage through the valorisation of the African culture and languages. The third is the restitution and preservation of African artefacts.

As an Educator, Dr. Mbu’s passion to share her findings with youth gives the students the opportunity to visit several Kingdoms in different regions of Cameroon to study and know more about: 1) the African artefacts, 2) identify those stolen during the colonial period, 3) clamour for their return to their abodes of origin as well as 4) the different ways to preserve sacred objects and artefacts. As the Assistant Director of ARHF, this is the bridge between classroom methodologies and fieldwork.

Knowing that our children are our future, she feels her contribution is to work hand in hand with the students, engaing them to strive to do the best for themselves and Cameroon at large. In the spirit of African Renaissance, her activities fosters reconnection with the youth in our ancient traditions and customs. As a researcher, she advocates for traditional peace and conflict resolution in our communities. With this body of knowledge, professional repertoire we welcome Dr. Mbu as the Assistant Director of the African Roots and Heritage Foundation Cameroon branch.

10/25/2023
Dr. Mbu Dora Nyuykighan, Assistant Director

Cultural & Language Program Services

Summary of Events

2024 Summary of Events
World Museum Day 2024

*World Museum Day 18- 05- 2024 

Are Museums necessary spaces in today’s world?

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ARHF Annual Luncheon and Awards 2024

African Roots & Heritage Foundation Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony was held on March 16, 2024 the ARHF Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony was held in Yaounde, Cameroon at the Headquarters in Omnisport.

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Yaounde International Business School Meets with the ED of ARHF

CEO of African Roots and Heritage Foundation, Professor Anita M Diop, pays a courtesy visit to Yaoundé International Business School - YIBS

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2023 Summary of Events
Global Day of Community Service 2023

December 21, 2023 is the great day to celebrate our Purpose, Mission and Vision at the African Roots and Heritage Foundation. Annually, the African Roots and Heritage Foundation (ARHF) hosts' their Hallmark Public Program the Global Day of …

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Restitution 101: A History of Theft Premiere & Discussion Session
Pa'a Ngouo'ok Festival and Official Launch of the Grassfields Research Institute

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation’s Executive Director, Professor Anita M. Diop was invited to the official launch on the Grassfields Research Institute as a guest speaker during the Pa’a Ngouo’ok Bapa 2023 Festival. A small delegation …

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2022 Summary of Events
AfricanPrincess Elevated to Mafo (Queen)

Professor Anita M Diop, the Executive Director of African Roots and Heritage Foundation has been elevated from the status of African Princess, a title given nearly 30 years ago for her passionate work to uplift, motivate and inspire all people of …

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Quartier Mozart Cultural Art Gallery

Professor Anita M. Diop the Executive Director of the African Roots & Heritage Foundation was at Quartier Mozart for the 1916 exhibition, emphasizing when the Germans left Cameroon, and the France came to settle. Anita Diop spent the day in …

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Royaume de Batoufam Chefferie and Royal Museum

The Executive Director, Anita M Diop met with Sa Majeste, Le Roi Nayang Youkam Inocent and Prince Joseph Youta Dada at the Royaume de Batoufam. They discussed the Diaspora discovering their roots and reclaiming their lost identity in Cameroon.

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2021 Summary of Events
African Academy of Languages

In July 28-30, 2021 Professor Anita M. Diop was appointed the Ambassador of the Sixth Region to ACALAN AU for the Official launch of African Languages Week in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Legacy Building

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation lead by Professor Anita M. Diop and Executive Director actively participates in many Global Pan African Events as a leading expert in the field of Culture and Arts.

This year started with an annual Birthday …

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Keynote speaker

July 31, 2021 the Executive Director was invited as the Closing Keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Cameroonian Studies and History at the University of Buea, Buea Cameroon, Central Africa. Professor presented a paper entitled,

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2020 Summary of Events
TAI - Fourth Annual Artizen Conference

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation participated in the TAI Fourth Annual Artizen Conference in Tanzania at the University of Tasuba in Bagamoyo, From November 10 - 22, 2020 . The Executive Director, Professor Anita M. Diop was a key speaker …

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Black History Month 2020

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation participated in the Scott Arrington Family Black History Month Program at the Highland Park Art Center in Highland Park, MI on February 16, 2020.

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African Communities Symposium - Heritage, Identities, Languages, and Arts

The African Roots and Heritage Foundation was asked to participate in an online Meeting Hosted by Arizona State University, on November 7, 2020. 

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Reviews

Mbu Dora

10 January 2024
5 months ago
Working with the African Roots and Heritage Foundation in Cameroon has been a wonderful experience and eye opener to me. I've learned a lot about the cultures a...
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Robinson Haroun

10 January 2024
5 months ago
Avant tout, je voudrais remercier Madame la présidente de l'association de African Roots and Héritage Foundation Pr Anita Diop pour cette initiative en encoura...
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