12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Happy Akoma Day! A Cultural Alternative to Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 14 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Winnet Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

Nya Akoma (pronounced N yah Ah coma) is the greeting for Akoma Day, also known as Black Love Day, which means get a heart, be patient, return to love. Black Love Day was founded by Ms. Ayo Handy-Kendy, affectionately known as Mama Ayo, in 1993. In 2001, Montsho and Nwasha Edu expanded on the original tenets and purpose to become an international cultural holiday rooted in African spirituality. Akoma Day is a cultural and spiritual alternative to Valentine's Day. The focus of Akoma Day is the intimate relationship and how that relationship creates family, neighborhood, community and nationhoods. Stop by for a chocolate bar to celebrate with lots of sweetness.