Our Mission

The mission of the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI) is to promote unity within the African Communities in Rhode Island, advocate for the rights of Africans in Rhode Island, and educate the American public about Africa.

AARI supports and benefits agricultural producers, while evaluating the profile of the continent and facilitating linkages between Americans and Africans.

Established formally in 2004 to provide assistance to the growing number of African immigrants and refugees settling in RI.

AARI is a leading provider and community collaborator in offering, health and nutrition education, culturally- appropriate fresh crops, literacy and youth programs and facilitating access to resources that promote self-sufficiency.

Meet Our Board

Julius Kolawole

Willie Borkai

Simon Goudiaby

Ahuma Adodaji

Raphael Okelola

Jim Vincent

Mak Falayi

John Oghene

Janelle Amoako

Our Funders

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute 



Island Foundation

Champlin Foundation


RI Foundation

Pawtucket Credit Union

RI Council for the Humanities

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

Dexter Donation



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volunteers & committee members

Ron Crosson

Althea Graves

Joe Casoli

Marlin Morales

Alenjandra Monogoe

Arthur Johnson

Patricia Reaves

Willie Borkai

Norma Hardy

Aneesha Cameron

Adriana Vargas

Tara Girshick

John & Holly Howard

Betty Johnson