Oyamiwa Walker is a native of Philadelphia, PA now residing in Washington, D.C. Although she doesn't look more than 24 years old her self, she is a proud mother of a 24 year old Brandi and fourteen year old Chavon.
Oyamiwa was born to dance. She is a talented and beautiful dancer who has studied everything from ballet to Jazz, but when she was introduced to West African, dance she fell in love and found her true calling. She has studied with Uhuru Dancers, Coyaba, Sankofa Dance Theater and many other community classes offered throughout Atlanta and DC. Starting in 2001 she taught West African dance at Glendale Community Center in Glendale, MD for 2 years. During 2004 she embarked on a dance study and cultural tour in Senegal. Most recently in 2006, Oyamiwa lived in Ghana, West Africa for 4 months to study ghanain culture and dance on a partially funded Ubuntu Village excursion. During this four month experience she traveled to 4 other West African countries and was able to take dance classes in Burkina Faso.
As a new found organization, Oyamiwa holds various positions in Ubuntu Village. She utilizes her talent of dance as Artistic Director while simultaneously utilizing her experience in sales to assist in the Development of Ubuntu Village. She is dedicated to supporting projects that uplift the human family.
Charlene M Brown graduated from Howard University magna cum laude in 2006. While at Howard, she was a member of the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program where she won numerous awards. Charlene is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She was a finalist for BGS' F. Byron Nahser Leadership Award at The Society's annual Student Leadership Forum in 2006. Charlene has worked with a variety of DC youth programs, including: Words, Beats, and Life, Inc, a hip-hop based arts and life skills program; Maya Angelou Public Charter School, where she served as a tutor and mentor for three years; and All About The Babies, I.N.K. (Investing 'N Kids) where her services were rewarded by winning the "Volunteer of the Year" award in 2004. Recently, Charlene visited Ghana, West Africa, under the umbrella of Ubuntu Village, where she and her companions immersed themselves in the rich culture that is West Africa. The ladies also took "a roadtrip through West Africa" visiting Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal along the way. Charlene enjoys and hopes to continue traveling throughout the world and also enjoys writing and reading. She currently resides in Philadelphia.
Michael Amos is a native New Yorker who has not always made the right choices in life. Learning from his mistakes he now puts his vast experiences to good use. Michael has been a bike messenger in the streets of New York, an outreach worker for the homeless and mentally ill, a telemarketing sales supervisor, an assistant director of a Centennial Olympic volunteer program and most recently a Boys & Girls Club program director, to mention a few. From this variety, Michael has managed to create uniqueness in programs which stems from his strong personality and his ability to find a positive side to most situations.
In addition to his multi-talented skills within the community, Michael is a lover of music and has provided DJ services at all types of events ranging from sweet 16 birthday parties to weddings and clubs. On any given weekend evening or night you can find friends and loved ones moving to music being played in his living room that he has transformed into a venue that he has dubbed "The Dive House Studio". Currently Michael is going through a public reinvention of himself to explore and honor the artist in himself. He is working on developing a way to live his dream and translate Mother Earth's rhythms into healing music.
Mike currently resides in Washington DC and is a father of 3, with a new grand child and fiancée. He brings to Ubuntu Village strong leadership and program skills, a strong cultural music background, and a mission to move things closer from "the world as it is" to the world "as it should be".