Oriki Theater is a nonprofit community theater that brings to its audiences a shared experience of the real Africa, its people and their way of life. Their African folk theater style is one which uses a unique combination of dance, drama, music, poetry, folk stories and the drum.
Founded in 1992, Oriki participates in over twenty public engagements every year. From outreach in local schools to large performances such as the World Cup Soccer Opening Ceremonies, the theater seeks to provide various ways for participants to experience African culture. Along with productions, Oriki Theater has various community programs including school performances and workshops, African drumming and dance classes, Rites of Passage programs, summer theater camp, African family retreat, African Village on Tour and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival.
2496 Wyandotte Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
â€œYour performance was outstanding! You taught, you entertained,Â and you involved our students.â€
– AG, Special Day Class Teacher, San Mateo, California
“You covered terminology we use in the classroom study of Ghana, Mali, Songhai, – you also got our students to participate … history came alive!”
– SN, Teacher, Mountain View, California
Sharing Africa is a fun, colorful, high energy and interactive presentation of Africa, its people and their way of life. The program features Oriki’s seasoned dancers, drummers and storytellers and takes students and teachers on a journey across the African continent invoking familiar stories and vocabulary.
Sharing Africa can be presented as a one-time assembly presentation or over a period of time as a sequential music and dance appreciation program for pre-K through 12 grade. At the end of the sequential program, the class puts on a colorful showcase in African costumes.
Through Sharing Africa, we expose students to world cultures different from their own in a fun and interactive way, therefore, sowing the seeds for a future generation of citizens that can appreciate and celebrate the richness of our diversity. Some teachers use Orikiâ€™s Sharing Africa program as an introduction to their curriculum on Africa particularly in middle schools. Another strength of our Sharing Africa program is our ability to adapt it to non-traditional school settings, like youth centers, group homes, juvenile halls, community agencies, churches, etc.
Chike C. Nwoffiah