I will like to see Black people from all over the world reach the highest and greatest version of themselves.
CAN WE GET TO KNOW YOU?
Shamika Webb is the creator of AfriKan Traditions Limited Liability Corporation. She possesses an abundance of experience in sales, real estat e management, and life coaching.
While manifesting her dream as an entrepreneur, Shamika Webb currently holds a position as a law enforcement officer with the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety. She recently retired from the United States Air Force as an Equal Opportunity Advisor with the Nevada Air National Guard. She holds an associate’s degree in Business Management, as well as, Transportation. Shamika Webb has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Shamika Webb offers an array of services and products at AfriKan Traditions, from knowledge of the authentic imported handcrafted art from Africa, to coordinating and promoting intellectual debates, seminars, and open forums to address social, political and economic issues in the Black community.
Mrs. Webb specializes in helping educate the youth to aspire greatness, as well as, honor the sacrifices made on behalf of all Africans by current living legends and the ancient ancestors of old from the diaspora and abroad.
After a successful career in the military, she continues to implement discipline as she strategically plans and promotes various ethnic events that unite melanated people in the community. She says, her ultimate goal is to remain persistent in the approach of mentoring the youth.
Shamika Webb is no stranger to the pressing issues currently causing the dis-ease in the Black community. She is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. While speaking with Shamika she says, “I inner-stand the pain that impact the hearts and minds of the people who witness the demonstrations of police brutality, gentrification, and the scarcity of vital resources that adversely impact our existence; food, clothing and shelter. My goal is to empower and enlighten our future leaders so that they may join us in our quest for a more positive change.”
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO SET UP AFRIKAN TRADITIONS & WHAT ARE THE VISIONS AND MISSION
I was compelled to open a local store in the Las Vegas area after traveling to nearly every continent and experiencing the warmth and sense of pride the people expressed due to their unity interwoven by culture. I too wanted an expressive platform that offers the Black community in Las Vegas means of proudly exercising culture.
After my second visit to Ghana, while at a landmark sanctioned as an ancestor’s shrine in Cape Coast also known as El Mina Slave Castle, I was obliged by the beautiful art that adorned the walls. Which in turn inspired me to offer art as home décor to the people in America, in hopes that the images would not only remind them of who they are, but most importantly of their natural born ability to take nothing and construct something absolutely amazing out of it.
The mission of Afrikan Traditions LLC is “To Restore communities by uniting, empowering, and supporting the family”.
The vision for Afrikan Traditions is to continue affirming the value of our existence by establishing locations throughout the Las Vegas valley and potentially in other regions of the United States where the gathering of minds may join in order to cultivate positive change. The intent is to do so in the form of hosting book club meets, intellectual debates and seminars, various workshops in conjunction with sponsoring non-profit organizations that empower the people of the community.
AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WHO CONSTANTLY VISITS AFRICA, WHAT ARE YOUR PERCEPTIONS OF AFRICA.
As I have been afforded an opportunity to journey to Africa on several occasions, I must say that no one visit was similar to the others. From the long hours on the plane and the extended layovers in the airports, all in anticipation to visit “the motherland” and commune with distant brothers and sisters of the continent. Every trip has been heartfelt; the warm hugs, and smiles as the people greet you in large numbers at the airport. The cuisines that are prepared with rich spices that have such delight and unique taste. Even the resorts that are conveniently located off the beach confirms you are in paradise. In my travels from one area to the next, I observe the women and children in the villages packaging items to sell in the market, or washing clothes by hand, as the others prepare meals. The people displayed extreme pride in the art that they were selling as they negotiated prices with me at the Art Center located in Accra, Ghana. Not only do they work hard, they work extremely well together. Attributes I desire to see more of from the family here in the United States.
HOW HAS THE RESPONSE TO AFRIKAN TRADITIONS BEEN?
AfriKan Traditions retail store opened the doors to the public November 3, 2017. The people appear to have been very excited of its existence. The grand opening was a success. There were a reasonable number of supporters who stopped by to patronize the business. However, it goes without saying that there is certainly a need to further educate the people regarding the ancestor’s origin, those that are of African descent. The family has repeatedly emphasized their strong desire for culture in the Las Vegas area. We challenge everyone that visit to take a moment to embrace the art. Learn what the significance of the stools, sculptures of symbols and animals, the mask, and other imagery actually exemplify. To gain an understanding of the common rituals that took place utilizing the various instruments, such as the drum, xylophone, and morocco.
BLACK UNITY CONTINUES TO BE AN ISSUE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT IN YOUR VIEW IS THE BEST SOLUTION TOWARDS CEMENTING BLACK UNITY IN THE US AND GLOBALLY.
Black unity is indisputably a primary reason for most of the social, political, religious and economical tensions in the U.S. today. The best solution is quite simple although appearing as the greatest challenge. I would suggest that we first start by pilling back the layers. Let us address the differences that keep us divided. Asking questions such as the why, what, when and where the ideologies stem from that originally set us apart. As Black people we need to set our differences aside and come together, create goals, timelines, execute the necessary steps in the process, value and respect every vital resource; people, money, and time. Know what your role is in the big picture, simply put “stay in your lane”. Do what you do best, and respectfully allow others to excel in their area of expertise. Most importantly, we are to hold one another accountable.
LET’S TALK A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
My family is extraordinary! I have a very supportive husband, Quincy D. Webb, whom I have been in partnership with over 19 years. We have two beautiful children; Quvontee R. Webb and Memoryz M. Webb. Jointly we all agree that wealth is not just that of monetary value but that it takes a village, the enterprise itself to construct a way of life that is comfortable for all, even the generations not yet born. I am forever grateful and indebted to them. As they continue to be a true motivation in the manifestation of my dreams.
WHAT WILL YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
I would like to be remembered for my ambition, and fortitude coupled by my active efforts to see Black people from all over the world reach the highest and greatest version of themselves.