Dehkontee Artists Theatre Turns 40 on September 16, 2017: Meet the Pioneers and Organizers
The number “forty” is a sacred code per traditional African Jewish belief. For this reason, many significant religious and solemn celebrations are observed using the number 40 to represent or observe numerous occasions or events during which God’s chosen people had a close encounter with him, or when they celebrate a ground-breaking event in their lives. Here are a few examples to set us on the sacred path to commence the celebration of the wondrous works Dehkontee Artists Theatre has produced through the grace of God and with the help of several individuals who worked hand in hand with Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba to put Liberia and Africa on the world map of history, religion, and culture, over the past forty year!
Moses, one of our African Jewish ancestors who led the children of Israel from captivity in Egypt into the wilderness spent the first forty years of his life being trained by God to take up the responsibility of leading his people from captivity in Egypt, on their way to the Promise Land. Thereafter, the children of Israel spent forty years in the wilderness before they reconciled with the Lord and put aside their sacrilegious and ungodly behaviors to follow the Lord. READ MORE
DATI Board and Patrons Club Member Makes Generous Donation to Dehkontee Artists Theatre’s Civic and Peace Education and Cultural Awareness Program
Another patriotic Liberian in the diaspora has inked his name on the golden pages of the Patrons Club of Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI), and has joined the rank and file of distinguished personalities as member of DATI’s Board of Directors. He is none other than the erudite, African-centered activist and brilliant computer genius Honorable Archie A. Wilson, now a registered member of DATI’s Patrons Club and Board of Directors.
Mr. Wilson is a representative of the Grebo ethnic group of the Kwa Nation of Liberia and hails from Gbelleh-dru (Harper City), Maryland County, in Southeastern Liberia. As an astute nationalist and patriot, Mr. Wilson believes in national unity, peace, and reconciliation among Liberians at home and abroad. Consequently, he has vowed to work along with DATI in promoting peace and reconciliation and civic education so that the citizenry may be empowered to be forerunners of their own destiny, make informed decisions at the election polls, and subsequently contribute more meaningfully toward the development of their own homeland.
Furthermore, Archie comes to the Board of Directors and Patrons Club of DATI with a wealth of experience and expertise as a computer wizard and engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering and currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management at Texas A & M University. Additionally, he has various certifications as a Certified Alerton BACtalk Engineer and Programmer, is Tridium Niagara Certified, CCNA 1, 2, 3, and is qualified in the area of Professional Project Management & Effective Technical Project Implementation.
In addition to his academic and professional accolades, Mr. Wilson has many honors and awards to his belt, some of which include but are not limited to: President Tau Alpha PI Engineering Technology Honor Society Texas Gamma Chapter 2008- 09; Order of Omega Honor society - Greek Leadership; Texas Instrument Mixed Signal Scholarship; President Honor Roll; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society; Mathematics Award North Lake College 2005; and IEEE Member, among many others.
Mr. Wilson is one of Liberia’s young brains whose expertise DATI hopes to tap with respect to using cyber technology to promote Liberian/African arts and culture, the performing and visual arts, as well as the production of textbooks and educational materials that will be used in our library and schools and higher institutions of learning in Liberia in the near future. The goal and objective of the DATI Chaindeh Afrocentric Literacy Project is to promote the ideals of genuine democracy and patriotism and increase the literacy rate in Liberia by providing culturally relevant education and textbooks that reflect the true culture and history of Liberia and Africa, respectively.
Acknowledging the donation, the Executive Director and Founder of DATI Dr. Joe Gbaba lauded Mr. Wilson for his patriotism and expressed the hope that many other Liberians, Africans, and humanitarians around the world will join forces with DATI’s management to finance and support the DATI Chiandeh Afrocentric Literacy Project that seeks to promote African arts and culture, peace and civic education through the performing and visual arts in the diaspora and back on the continent of Africa. The Chiandeh Afrocentric Literacy Project is designed to combat and reduce the illiteracy rate in Liberia by providing basic literacy skills to the citizens through the production of locally produced textbooks and instructional materials.
Mr. Wilson is recorded by Dr. Joe Gbaba as being one of the very few Liberians who not only appreciates his legacy and longevity in the fields of education and culture, but that is willing to go the extra mile by contributing financially to assist the Liberian scholar and cultural legend accomplish his calling from God. Dr. Gbaba has spent almost his entire life promoting the history and culture of Liberia basically out of pocket, except for the help he has received along the line from other supporters, family members, and the late President of Liberia, Dr. William R. Tolbert, to name a few.
Published by DATI Public Relations Department
1 December, 2015
Generally man universally enjoys entertainment, whether be it a play, an art work, or musical performance, etc. However, such an endeavor is very costly and requires the support of avid lovers of the arts in order to maintain and sustain a viable cultural and educational organization and its staff, all of whom at this time are volunteers.
Even though we have just recently launched our fund drive and established our corporate checking account at the Wellsfargo Bank #: 3931972677, a few conscientious individuals have stepped forward to make humble donations to jump start our fundraising undertaking to fund our educational and cultural programs which include among many others: live theatrical public performances in the community and schools; performance tours around the United States of America and abroad; the operation of a children’s peace theatre and literacy workshop to be conducted during the summer months in 2016, as well as the publication of African literary materials to educate and entertain DATI’s clientele about the history and culture of Africa and to promote human understanding among persons of diverse cultural and historical backgrounds and nationalities, races, and persuasions. We are pleased to present the following donors and thank them for their love and support of our program and pray that many of you will follow their footsteps:
DONATE GENEROUSLY TO THE DEHKONTEE ARTISTS THEATRE, INC. FUND TO HELP US PROMOTE AFRICAN ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE DIASPORA AND AT HOME. OUR COPORATE CHECKING ACCOUNT # AT WELLSFARGO IS: 3931972677. ANY AMOUNT YOU DONATE WILL BE APPRECIATED AND YOU WILL BE ADDED TO OUR LIST OF PATRONS ON OUR WEBSITE AND BROCHURES DURING OUR PUBLIC PERFORMANCES. .
THANKS FOR YOUR PATRONAGE AND SUPPORT
THE MANAGEMENT OF DEHKONTEE ARTISTS THEATRE, INC. (DATI)