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“Mission Possible: Help Us Get to Africa

June 20, 2017

“The time has come,’ the Walrus said,

     To talk of many things:…”

 

Akata Family,

For the past two and a half years I have been working on Akata Documentary, a film which traces my journey to uncover my family’s history. Through my journey, you have witnessed me purchasing and taking my DNA test to meeting new relatives. Via social media, you’ve traveled with me to Utah, Atlanta, and South Carolina. I showed you the slave homes were my ancestors where enslaved and we’ve even celebrated together at the #AkataCookout.

I’m excited to report that the Akata Team and I have almost reached the final stage of production. Today, we are asking you to continue your support by helping us complete the film. Up until this point, we have self-funded this project and unfortunately, we have exhausted our resources. We have one final segment left to shoot which requires us to spend one month in West Africa. We want to ensure the authenticity of the film by visiting the exact places where my ancestors originated. Some of these places include Ghana, Cameroon, and Nigeria. We want to visit every slave port, castle, and museum. While we are there, we hope to interview the locals and get their perspective of their country’s history and how they feel about my project. I am super excited but I am prepared to work as soon as my feet hit African soil.

Our goal is to raise at least $10,000, which will provide 2 international plane tickets to Africa, as well as domestic flights within the continent to 7 different countries. 

To Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/AkataDocu

For the past two and half years, I have dedicated my life to this project. No really… I’ve stopped working a regular 9 to 5 job and I have worked diligently on this project because I see the value and impact this film could have on an entire generation. Not only to inspire the African American community to get interested in their own personally genealogy but to enhance relations within the African diaspora and inspire the youth to appreciate their individual culture and traits that make them unique. This film must get done and it must be put out there for public consumption. I can’t do these things without your help.

 I look forward to whatever support you can provide, and I look forward to sharing my West African experiences with you!

God Bless

Victoria

Together we can make genealogy lit.

www.AkataDocumentary.com

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You’re Invited: #AkataSoiree

June 3, 2017

You are invited! Consider this your personal invitation from us.

On Friday, July 28, 2017, from 7:30 -10 pm, we are hosting a fundraising soiree to get the community excited about our project and excited about donating to our GoFundMe campaign. At the event, our guests will be the FIRST to see the premiere of our official movie trailer! I cannot wait for you guys to see it. We will also have time to for a Q&A session afterward, so don’t be shy.

Our menu will consist of delicious American and African cuisine by our very own chef Loyal “Chip” Henderson III and our sponsor Lady V, from Lady V Bijoux. What else can I say? There will be $5 raffles (we have awesome prizes), giveaways, music, networking and more! Be sure to wear your best African attire. If you don’t have any, cocktail attire is best.

When you arrive, use our Snapchat filter and tell your friends to support our film by donating to our GoFundMe campaign. We are bringing back the Akata Documentary & Up Studios LLC banner, so take as many selfies you want in front of it!

Please RSVP to the event here: https://akatasoiree.eventbrite.com

#AkataSoiree #AkataDocumentary #MoreThanBlack

 

 

*P.S. It is recommended that you show up on time. We will be premiering our video presentation at 8:30 pm sharp!

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What You Can Expect From Us: 2017

May 17, 2017

Can you believe that this year is almost half-way over?! Not to worry, we have some BIG plans for this year, so I want to take the time out to share what you guys can expect from us (The Akata Team) in 2017.

GoFundMe Campaign

In mid-June, we will be launching our GoFundMe campaign. We will be asking our supporters to join the effort to helping us complete the film. Unfortunately, we have exhausted our funds and we have one final segment left to shoot. We want to ensure the authenticity of the film by visiting the exact places where my ancestors originated, so we would like to spend one month in West Africa. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000, which will provide 2 international plane tickets to Africa, as well as domestic flights within the continent.

We have been working hard on this independent project for two years and we hope we can count on you to help make this film best it can be. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I look forward to whatever support you can provide, and I look forward to sharing my West African experiences with you! Stay tuned for more details.

Akata Soiree

You are invited! Consider this your personal invitation from us. On Friday, July 28, 2017 from 7:30 -10 pm, we are hosting a fundraising soiree to get the community excited about our project and excited about donating to our GoFundMe campaign. At the event, our guests will be the FIRST to see the premiere of our official movie trailer! I cannot wait for you guys to see it.
Our menu will consist of delicious American and African cuisine. What else can I say? There will be $5 raffles (we have awesome prizes), giveaways, music, networking and more! Be sure to wear your best African attire. If you don’t have any, cocktail attire is best. Stay tuned for more details.

Returning to the Motherland

Assuming we make (and exceed!) our crowdfunding goal, the Akata Team and I will be traveling to West Africa in Dec. 2017. We will be working as soon as our American feet touch African soil. We are there to retrace my ancestors footsteps. I want to visit every slave port, castle and museum. I want to interview strangers on the street and ask them how they feel about an “Akata” (Nigerian slang for African American), tracing their roots. Some of the countries on our wish list include: Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo and Senegal. Sounds like alot huh? Well, we will be staying in West Africa for the whole month of December.

After we get back to the states, we will jump right into post-production. As I stated above, we cannot complete this film without you. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe campaign in June. If you are led to donate RIGHT NOW, you can do so by visiting www.AkataDocu.com/Give.

See you at the Soiree!

 

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