Jani Toivola

Jani Toivola – Vaasa, Finland

Jani Toivola is a man of several firsts.  An article in Public Radio International states that “….he was in his mid-30’s, the entrepreneur, actor and dancer was a celebrity in this country of 5.5 million where he was the first black actor. He’s been the host of ‘Idols’, Finland’s version of ‘American Idol’, a contestant…

Anna Mwalagho, Alexandria, Virginia

  Anna Mwalagho, was born and raised in Kenya and began performing when she was 8 years old. She is now a real renaissance woman – in addition to writing and performing poetry, she is also an internationally recognized award-winning Actor, Storyteller, Dancer, Singer/Song Writer, Radio Broadcaster, and a Director. She earned her Bachelor of…

Wanjiru Kamuyu, Brooklyn, New York

A native of Kenya and an M.F.A. (dance choreography and performance) graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia (PA), Wanjiru Kamuyu, began her dance training in Kenya, East Africa.  She later studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Philadelphia Dance Company a.k.a. Philadanco.  During her 7 year tenure with Urban Bush Woman (UBW) …