What We Do
Our company Ògo Tàwa Inc. helps gifted, underrepresented, underserved, and underemployed artists of African descent apply their artistic talents to enhance their financial security and provide better lives for themselves, their communities, and their families. We do this by packaging their creative talents for consumption by North American consumers, through music, theatre, film, visual art, and public art.
Our Work Builds Community and Solidarity
The phrase “Ògo Tàwa” means Our Pride, in the Yoruba language of the Yoruba people from Nigeria. We all have a drop of Africa in us. There is latent strength, untapped and not commonly recognized, in our shared history with Africa. Resident in Africa is the origin of creativity, innovation, artistry, and beauty. Creatives of African descent carry this potency with them and regularly tap into it to create spell-binding artistic works. There are embarrassing riches of alluring artistic talent present with African creatives that are undiscovered. There are few outlets for this creativity in Canada. We seek to change that with your help.
The creative expressions of African descendants help establish connections between racial and cultural groups by spotlighting our similarities as human beings, and igniting appreciative curiosity for our differences, in ways that rightfully tear down the biases, stereotypes, and discriminatory attitudes that divide us. Creative artistic expressions in visual art, and public art in our public spaces enable Black communities to take charge of their own narrative in ways that foster belonging, advance inclusion, reduce the stressful trauma of racism, and inspire non-Black communities to value Black people’s contributions to society. This is the gift of a stronger and more cohesive, society that Black people’s art brings to our shared social experiences. This makes us a more productive society that is also more harmonious.
As a community, we may take collective pride (Ògo) in connecting with strength that comes from African creative expression, engaging with our African strength, and harnessing it by helping to provide opportunities for creative expression by Black artists.
- Strengths-based excellence
- Lean into discomfort: embrace fierce conversation with healthy confrontation
- See obstacles as opportunities
- Seek to learn and take action
- Transparency and Openness
- Optimistic Servant Leadership
- Playfulness, rhythm and fun
- Create sense of belonging and acceptance
- Valuing Lived Experience as Expertise
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