A D.C. Artistic and Cultural Institution Begins a New Chapter
Two Young Partners Join Zawadi African Art Gallery.

Washington, D.C – August 9, 2017

Zawadi African Art Gallery and Gift Shop (Zawadi), D.C.'s leading destination for one-of-a-kind and artisanal African art is adding two new partners to its team. The company, which prides itself on working with artisans and local businesses, has been independently owned and operated on U Street, D.C. since 1992. This month, D.C.-area natives Ms. Nasozi Kakembo of xNasozi, and Mr. Faraji Whalen are becoming partners at Zawadi as its sole founder Irene T. Whalen retires this fall.

“Zawadi has withstood the test of time,” says Zawadi partner and son of Mrs. Whalen, Faraji Whalen, “and it's an honor to have a role in moving this legacy forward.”

Zawadi Arts has been procuring hand-crafted goods and traditional African art for its D.C.-based clientele since 1992. The company is now making serious gains as it expands its e-commerce presence and works with a new generation of local and independent vendors. It has made an indelible imprint on the institutional and community memories of D.C. residents and visitors, and while these ties remain strong, this new partnership will bridge the gap between its traditional customer base and a younger generation of shoppers in D.C. and globally.

Founder Irene T. Whalen had this to say, “I am delighted with the new partnership with Nasozi and Faraji and look forward to the impact their new ideas will have on the business operations and community. There is a natural synergy between the foundation I have built and their respective backgrounds that we feel will result in Zawadi being around for many more decades. We have already seen the benefits of their approach in the new faces and contacts that the store has attracted since we started planning the transition in early 2017.”

To learn more about the transition or to book an interview, read our press kit below (hyperlinks and download here) and contact us at support@zawadiarts.com.

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