Badenya, Inc. (Being of one mother) is a New York based nonprofit organization dedicated to the purposeful presentation of Pan-African culture in the United States through cultural events, including festivals, concerts, performances, as well as the preservation of African traditions through publications and institutions, including Badenya’s Dankawalie Secondary School (DSS), a dynamic secondary school in post-conflict remote rural village in Sierra Leone. Founded in 1996 as a project of the center for Traditional Music and Dance, Badenya attained independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) status in 2003. Badenya has collaborated with leading international organizations, museums, local partners to create landmark events and celebrations of African culture. The organization is currently headed by founder and Executive Director Kewulay Kamara and 6 board members who live in New York and California.