2015 Africa Pavilion Ambassadors

Each year a number of people of African heritage are selected as ambassadors for the Folklorama African Pavilion. ACOMI is proud to announce the following selected individuals as ambassadors at the 2015 Folklorama Festival. The 2015 festival will be held from 2nd August - 15th August with the Africa Pavilion operating from 2nd August - 8th August i.e. the first week of the festival.

We wish them the very best.

Future Applicants: To become an Africa Pavilion ambassador, please fill the form at the following link:  Africa Pavilion Ambassador Application

Patricia Kumbakisaka

 Tanisha  Lughas - Nigeria

 Tanisha is 19 years old, and was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will be representing Nigeria at the 2015 Folklorama festival, which is where her parents are from.

Tanisha is a hard working individual, who enjoys meeting new people and lending a helping hand. She hopes to become a paramedic soon, and in a few years would like to work in the fire service. She enjoys listening to music, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. She is on the cheerleading team for University of Manitoba, and is also one of the head coaches for the Winnipeg Dynamite cheerleading team. Patricia Kumbakisaka

 She has been performing at the African Pavilion at a young age, and started dancing at age 6. Tanisha has also volunteered in the kitchen, tour guide, and now is thrilled to become the 2015 adult female ambassador for the African Pavilion. Both Tanisha’s sisters have been the youth and adult ambassadors in past years. She hopes to do as good a job representing the African Pavilion.

She has volunteered at the Winnipeg Children museum, Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club, coaching cheer teams, and serving at her church. Overall she has greatly enjoyed every moment of volunteering. Tanisha would love to learn more about Africa and other nationalities over her course as ambassador, and hopes to educate others about her Umunna Igbo culture. Tanisha’s ultimate goals are to inspire others and teach them the importance of kindness.

Tanisha is the 2015 Africa Pavilion Female Adult Ambassador.

Briand-Nelson Mutima

 Briand-Nelson Mutima - Cameroon

Briand-Nelson Mutima Also known as Briand-Nelson Mutima, Nel-Briand is a bilingual song writer and an impressionist artist.

He grew up in Cameroon where he completed a 5 years of formation at one of the best art school in country; after what he became one of the best under 18 graduated student from the academy "Vive D'Jino" artist.

His love for Art has grown exponentially since he came to Canada in 2010; and now he dedicate his time on teaching art to the younger generation. Because of his outstanding contribution in his community, in 2012 he received an Award and a Certificate of Recognition for the youth role model in Creative Arts in the city of Winnipeg. 

Briand-Nelson is the 2015 Africa Pavilion Male Adult Ambassador.

Kiah Nabuderem

 Fatimah Koroma - Sierra Leone

Fatimah Koroma is a Sierra-Leonean descendant who was born and raised in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She's also officially known as the crowned Miss Teen Manitoba 2014-2015 as well as Miss Teen Canada Globe 2nd Princess. Fatimah Koromah

Residing with both her parents, Fatimah excels as an honor student at College Pierre Elliot Trudeau French immersion high school.

Expressing her passion for cultural diversity, Fatimah learnt how to fluently speak in four different languages. She has also dedicated many years from her childhood and up until now to the African Pavilion as a performer and supporter.

Fatimah is an ambitious young lady with great potential, always striving for the greater things in life and is very excited to be one of the youth ambassadors for this year.

Fatimah is the 2015 Africa Pavilion Female Youth Ambassador.


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 Jerry  Ezekwem - Nigeria

Jerry was born in Kano, Nigeria, Africa, but has lived inJerry Ezekwem Canada since 2007. His Parents are from eastern part of Nigeria (Igbo) Anambra state.

He is actively involved with school activities like soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track and field. From the age of 9 years, Jerry has been on of the pavilion’s cultural performers, and he would love to do more things to help out this year.

Jerry is very enthusiastic to be the 2015 Africa pavilion ambassador. He is ready to take on the opportunity to represent the continent of Africa with joy and pleasure.

Jerry is the 2015 Africa Pavilion Male Youth ambassador.

Past Africa Pavilion Ambassadors