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Africa in April comes to close after another successful year

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Vendors at the festival's market place have been selling everything from picture frames, to African artifacts. Vendors at the festival's market place have been selling everything from picture frames, to African artifacts.
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - The annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival celebration wrapped up Sunday at 9 p.m. at Robert Church Park Downtown. WMC Action News 5's Ben Watson experienced firsthand how it has been an amazing event for organizers and visitors.

For the past three days, the park has been filled with the sights and sounds of Africa. This is the festival's 28th year and founders Yvonne and David Acey could not be happier.

"This has been  fantastic unbelievable, it's been the greatest weekend in history, the weather has been beautiful," said Yvonne Acey.

This year Africa in April is saluting the republic of Bo-Key-Na Fasa. The focus is on the republic's people, arts, culture and business.

Vendors at the festival's market place have been selling everything from picture frames, to African artifacts, to rubbing oil for aches and pains.

Emory Franklin is selling art work. He also drew this year's festival poster and is pleased with the event's success.

"It does a lot it's showing us that we can do something nice something real good, something positive," said Franklin.

Music entertainment this year featured blues legend Bobby Rush. The festival also included a parade, health and wellness screenings and a Sunday church service.

Organizers say one of the best things about this event is that it is designed to make every visitor, regardless of race, feel welcome.

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