Gbenga Akinnagbe to Host the 7th Annual African Day Parade and Festival

Nigerian-American Actor Akinnagbe to Replace Nadia Buari to Host the 7Th Annual African Day Parade and Festival
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NEW YORK - Sept. 21, 2013 - PRLog -- The organizers of the Seventh Annual African Day Parade and Festival announce that Actor, writer and philanthropist Gbenga Akinnagbe will be hosting this year’s festival. Akinnagbe is well known for his portrayal of “Chris Partlow” in The Wire, and his current role as “Bello” in Graceland.  He has also starred in TV shows such as Nurse Jackie, Barbershop, Law & Order, The Good Wife and Damages.  He has also been featured in films such as The Savages, The Taking of Pelham 123, and Lottery Ticket.  Akinnagbe is also a writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times and Huffington Post. The actor and writer has also launched “Liberated People”, a line of t-shirts celebrating independence days all over the world.

Akinnagbe will be joined by other special guests and Grand Marshalls such as the Ambassadors from Argentina, Angola, Mauritania, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa; Senator Bill Perkins, Cordell Cleare, Martin R Munitz, Olivier Prevot, Kady Doumbia, Ladji Doumbia and Kone Kad.  Joining this line up will be other elected officials such as Assemblyman Keith Wright and representatives from Charles Rangel and Robert Jackson.

This year’s festival will host performances by such artists as Efya from Ghana, Jay Ghartey from Ghana, Idak Bassave from Burkina Faso, DTM from Guinee, Sidiki Conde from Guinee, Sekouba from Cote d’Ivoire, Isaac Katalay from Congo, Mathey from Cote d’Ivoire, Denroy Morgan of the Morgan Heritage Jamaica and Noredine from Morocco.

Nadia Buari, who was originally scheduled to host the festival, will not be able to make it.

“She was really looking forward to celebrating such an event with all of us, but due to some circumstances beyond her control, she could not be here of the parade,” said the organizers. “She is wishing everyone a nice celebration and looking forward to celebrating with us in the future.”

The 2013 Parade and Festival is made possible by sponsors such as 5 Star Precious metal, Akwaaba Media, Black Speech Media, Brussels Airlines, Martin Munitz, Black Enterprise, Young Hollywood Family, Africa.com, Omo Sade Skincare, Enovative TV, NYC Department of Health, Spring Bank, Zeno Radio and WBAI.

For more information please visit the website www.africandayparade.org or contact the organizers at info@africandayparade.org or call 347-560 5822.
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