To foster greater solidarity amongst the African Diaspora.
To create a union between continental Africans and our Diaspora as we heal, regain our strength and celebrate humanity through culture
The Exchange Ceremony brings together African, Afro-Caribbean, African-American, Afro-Latino and South American communities to highlight their common heritage and to recognize individuals and organizations working to make our communities better. This Event celebrates, respects, and recognizes the humanity and culture of Black people throughout the world. The Event also reflects upon the 400 years of African American history in the United States as recognized by H.R. 1242 Commission Act in the “Year of Return” and renews the commitment to strengthening the unity of the African Diaspora. The Exchange Ceremony is a night of unity and healing designed to fully embrace, educate, and understand the ethnicities, cultures and traditions among Black people around the world.
During the challenges of the past 400 years, our ancestors were divided and snatched to the Americas. Even though they resisted, the children of Africa were captured and stripped of their traditions, customs, identity, and royalty. These royal traits however, found expression in the resilience, excellence and success of our brothers and sisters in the African American community. We believe, that since some African Kings, Chiefs and Traditional Rulers participated in slavery, there is need for them to come in search of their people. Further, we understand that our separation was not only physical, but also spiritual. Thus, we believe that to completely heal and unite the African American with their Continental African brothers and sisters, we must address the root cause. We believe that the actions of our forefathers caused a curse (spiritual barrier) between continental Africans and diaspora Africans especially African Americans. We therefore find it crucial, that in order to exact justice, we need our Kings to lead the way in reuniting continental Africans with diaspora Africans.
This is one of the reasons we brought King Togbi Nyako Tamakloe VI all the way from Ghana, West Africa to crown Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, a man that typifies the quintessential African king, chief, elder and leader, with the official royal title of King of the Diaspora I. In subsequent years, more kings (between 5-10 led by King Tamakloe VI) will come to restore the culture, identity, and royalty of the African American and the diasporan; to bestow upon them royal titles as a way of righting the wrong of our ancestors and making peace with our brethren who contributed in building the greatest nation on earth (the United States of America) under the most inhumane and unbelievable circumstances ever known to mankind, in chattel slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism codified into the law of the land, for so long. We are restoring the royalty because that is who diaspora Africans are, Royals.
The Event has been carefully curated to provide the space for interaction, healing, recognition, and restoration of this royalty.
The Exchange Ceremony’s vision, mission and objective:
- Vision: To foster greater solidarity amongst the African Diaspora.
- Mission: To celebrate the beauty and humanity of the global African family.
- Objective: One people, working together.
THE BRAIN BEHIND
N. SENA AMENYO – ALINCO
Nathaniel Sena Amenyo aka Alinco was born and raised in Ghana. He worked briefly for WAPCO (West Africa Gas Pipeline 2006 -2007 and then migrated to the U.S after completing a Bachelor’s degree from Central University College in 2006. He co-founded and organized for more than 7 years Save The Dance, a yearly event that involved all high schools in Ghana in a dancing competition that aimed solely at creating Awareness and Prevention of HIV/AIDS, STDs & malaria diseases among the youths. By 2012, he had completed his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Argosy University – Chicago. He then pursued a career at Enova International, Yawsoft Technologies, BMO Harris, Legends Media Network Group, and Walgreens Headquarters. He has had the privilege of serving his community here in Chicago in many aspects; as a volunteer youth leader at Calvalry Church, Naperville from 2008 – 2010, as the founder and coach of a local soccer team for the youth at CCH (Christ Center of Hope) which participated in several local soccer tournaments. Sena is a community guy first and foremost and an IT professional with a specific focus on Data Modeling. He founded The Progressive Minds Show in October 2016 and has successfully interviewed great and important dignitaries like the Secretary of State Jesse White, Clerk Of Cook County Court Dorothy Brown, Judges James Shapiro, Robyn D. Shoffner, Debra Seaton, Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia, Paul Vallas & Dr. Willie Wilson, Juliana Stratton Deputy Illinois Governor, The Abolition Institute, CEOs, community activists, Alderman James Cappleman, medical doctors and many more. He has on two occasions treated the divide between Africans and African Americans; had a show on the South & Westside Of Chicago highlighting the positives in these communities. In 2017, he was part of a team that marched for Stopping Slavery in Libya at the Daley Center and later joined Reverend Jesse Jackson for a press conference on the subject.
Sena has also spearheaded events aimed at bringing peace, unity, and love to our communities and curbing crime and gun violence in Chicago during his time as General Manager at Wghc 98.3; a Ghanaian radio station on the Northside. He received an award in 2018 at Loyola University from The Abolition Institute for his work and support for the fight against Slavery in Mauritania. He founded The Exchange Foundation in 2019 with the aim of connecting, celebrating, and embracing the different cultures within the African/Black Diaspora starting with Chicago to mark the historic year of 400 Years of Slavery in America as the Year of Return. He also founded The African Diaspora Summit Series (TADSS) which is a continuous gathering of people of the Afro decent communities engaging in conversations that will lead to an understanding of the culture of The African/Black people. All Nations Soccer Tournament & Mr. Miss Africa Diaspora. He is also the Founder & CEO of 105Xchange Radio.