About the Festival

The African Market Festival is produced by Òlàjú Art Group with the aim of showcasing a wide selection of creative African talents sourced from both the continent and its Diaspora. As a community-based organization, Òlàjú takes pride in being able to assemble a collection of important artists and brands that align with our mission and annual Festival theme.

The “African Market” is described by Festival founder and director Obafemi Ogunleye as a global space where specific aspects of African cultures are preserved and shared for the betterment of our society. Essentially, our vision for the Festival is to present works for Africans and by Africans as a means to both celebrate and advance the Pan-African culture.

The Festival is primarily supported by a team of volunteers that handle everything from strategic leadership to guest registration. Since launching in 2017, over 1,000 attendees, 20 artists, and dozens of vendors have participated with numbers growing at every event. The proceeds from the event go directly to Òlàjú in support of our current operations as well as future programming.

Òlàjú Art Group is a non-profit organization founded in Nigeria and established in Texas to promote African arts & culture. For more information, visit olaju.org.


The 2022 African Market Festival

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, Òlàjú will host the sixth edition of our annual African Market Festival at Brick at Blue Start Arts Complex in San Antonio, TX. Doors open at 5pm and close at midnight.

Program Schedule

5pm – Doors Open

6pm – Exhibition Curator’s Talk

7pm – Vendor Spotlight Talk

8:30pm – Fashion Presentation

9pm to Midnight: Afrobeats Party Mix

Tickets available here: African Market Festival Tickets