Development expert, Women´s Right Advocate and Social Entrepreneur, Amaka Okonkwo; The chairperson of AFAES, Fatima Usman and Arts, Culture and Health Expert, Omooba Fabunmi O. Adefunmi-Sands at the World Village Festival. Photo Credit: Abel Sunday Ayodeji

By Victor Gotevbe,

Ifabunmi Adefunmi- Sands, an Arts,Culture and Health Expert and the Yeyeoba Omooba of Oyotunji African Village in South Carolina, USA attended the just concluded World Village Festival held in Helsinki, Finland as a Panel Discussant. The Panel Discussion centered on Improving the Status of Women through Art. The session focused on how art can be used to promote the status of women in African society, how women’s rights can be achieved without the use of violence and how art and culture affect development in Africa.

Ifabunmi making a point during the panel discussion


Development Expert, Amaka Okonkwo making her contribution


The discussion drew inspiration from the screened documentary, titled Burkinàbe Rising. Other Discussants include the Fatima Usman, Chair of AFAES; Amaka Okonkwo, Development Expert, Women´s Right Advocate and Social entrepreneur; and Abayomi  Magbagbeola, Secretary-General Nigerian-Finnish Association Nigeria

Fatima Usman, Chair of AFAES speaking during the panel discussion.


Abayomi Magbagbeola, Secretary-General Nigerian-Finnish Association Nigeria moderating the discussion.

World Village Festival takes place  annually and  this year it offered dozens of opportunities to over 1000 participants to experience music, dancing, theatre, literature, good food and topical discussions.

L to R: Mr. Ayobami Olanrewaju Ogunleye, Chairperson, Association of Yoruba Descendants, Finland; Abel Sunday Ayodeji, Integration and Community Development Expert, Finland and Ireland; and Madam Ogeh Eneh, Cultural Producer, Finland  Photo Credit: Abel Sunday Ayodeji