great program , very excited to have Islaim Haritage month ,
Wonderfull educational program
you should have been here , we hope to see more people for the Islamic heritage month .
Very informative and loved .
I'm hoping to see full-funding & support for this revealing, engaging, enjoyable, interactive cultural learning experience - w/ actors & audience. Great venue, set designs & supplementary educational books & materials.
THE LIFE & TIMES OF OMAR IBN SAYYID IS AN EXCELLENT THEATRICAL DEPICTION - A MUST SEE FOR ALL!
The programs associated with Images of the Motherland were extraordinarily dramatic and informative.
I learned a lot and as a professional with expertise in the field i was very impressed. KUDOS!
Images of the Motherland Interactive Theater is exactly what the African American Community in particular, and the nation in general needs. Images of the Motherland Interactive Theater is educational, entertaining and significant. The productions are highly professional and produced with great care to detail. The productions reach persons of all ages, educational and racial backgrounds. Every community should be blessed to have such a wonderful theater experience to take advantage of.
Pastor, Nathaniel J. Gadsden
Imani African Christian Church
Many thanks to you and your wife for your presentation and display! Given the uncertainty of audiences for programs that do not require an RSVP, I was pleased with the number of people we were able to get – almost of all of whom stayed for the entire presentation. I appreciate the ways that you connect with the audience by stepping off stage and moving into their space, as well as the playful non-verbal banter you had with the children in the audience. Your physical presence – throwing your whole body into everything that you do, especially when no words were spoken - also lent much to the performance! And as an educator, I appreciated your use of repetition to help certain facts and words stick in people’s minds. Finally - particularly given the political climate in which we live, and what can appear to be the erasure of Islam and Muslims in early black American experiences - I am so pleased that this performance introduces audiences to a real figure who was intelligent, accomplished, a sympathetic figure, and Muslim.
IMAGES OF THE MOTHERLAND is an "OUTSTANDING" interactive production company. From the costumes, singing, dancing, musicianship, and acting, all are on equal ground when it comes to perfection!
Everyone should see this show. It's storytelling at it's best.
FOUNDER/ PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
FIRST WORLD THEATRE ENSEMBLE
I was honored that Brother Kenya asked me to write the Lesson Plans for the Lives of Omar Sayyid, & Prince Ibrahim. I learned so much about these gentlemen, & as a muslim myself I did not know that some slaves retained their faith. I think that Brother Ahmed does such an outstanding job portraying Brother Sayyid. That becomes Omar, not just an actor portraying. I encourage everyone to see this production.It is truly a learning experience
I am thrilled to have experienced your enactment of “The Life and Times of Omar Ibn Sayyid”. Much more than an oral account or a background narrative this was truly an “experience” that carried your audience to a time, place, circumstance and frame of mind in the second and sometimes first person, making this a deeply vivid and affective journey for the audience. What I also found impressive and facilitating from an educational standpoint was your success in interjecting a running geographical and chronological context to make the presentation most informative, while providing this information unobtrusively. As a professional teacher with an abiding respect for the authentic historical account, and a state department of education mandate to incorporate a pertinent cultural/historical framework into instruction I would recommend this presentation to any seriously interested social, cultural or educational body or institution.
Trenton Central High School
I have proudly known, worked, and associated with Images of the Motherland for almost ten years. As a professional actor, writer, director, I have experienced first-hand all of the long hours and hard work founder and artistic director Ahmed Kenya had put into his productions. The company had produced many original plays such as "Tales of The Dogon", "Songhai", "The Life and Tiimes of Omar ibn Sayiid", and others. The productions are rich with history and education for all cultural backgrounds. Kenya is meticulous with authenticity of costumes, instruments, paintings, down to every detail. The overall theme of all Images of the Motherland is education and authenticity. You would have to see it to be me amazed.