SANKOFA

Pictured from left to right: Ellen Bimpeh, Ashley Chambers, Brenda Hudson, and Maxine Ussery at Sankofa African Arts. Photo by Adam Turner.

From left to right; Gladys Moore with Dr. Folarinde Christiana Harrison at Sankofa African Arts. Photo by Babtunde Harrison.

Majeedah Rahman wears a colorful head wrap from Sankofa. Photo by Babtunde Harrison.

By Ashley Chambers With Mother’s Day approaching, Sankofa African Arts & Jewelry at 120 Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland has pieces fit for a Queen. One of a kind amber, silver, and gem stone jewelry fill the display in this local shop accessorized with unique handbags, African fabrics and artifacts, handmade masks, drums, incense, and body oils. Sankofa, taken from the Akan language of Ghana,” is defined as “go back and get it.” Returning to the roots, owner Ellen Bimpeh (above, far left) opened the store in 1996, becoming the largest importer of African arts, jewelry, and clothing in the Bay Area. Post staff (above) enjoyed the colorful designs of Sankofa’s scarves and African mud cloth, which included coordinating tops, skirts, and head wraps. Whether you want an exclusive set of amber jewelry or new handbag for mom, a fabulous piece of African art to decorate your home or office, or fashionable African designed fabrics, you can find all this and more at Sankofa. The Post encourages everyone to support this local business and keep Sankofa in the Oakland City Center. Sankofa African Arts & Jewelry is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Sankofa at (510) 444-0149.

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