The SANKORE Foundation was created as an evidence-based solution to address and reverse the negative psychological effects of poor racial identity.

Our mission is to improve the social, economic, and academic functioning among African Americans and cultivate a greater sense of racial identity. Our approach is trilateral and the initiatives run concurrently. SANKORE Indigenous Knowledge Study (IKS) and SANKORE Academia effectively addresses and enhances the racial identity of African Americans through submersion into the rich culture of Northern Ghana and facilitates for all participants active involvement in the daily life of the local people.

SANKORE Education is also a valuable resource for families concerned about the quality of American public education and looking for superior alternatives. The small network of African Centered School Systems partnered with the SANKORE blend and balance scholastic excellence with an African and African American cultural prominence where racial identity and self-esteem are not compromised for improved academics.

FAIZA IBRAHIM TAIMAKO |President, Founder, Indigenous Knowledge Director

I am Faiza Ibrahim Taimako, born on the 23rd of November 1977 and married. I am the ninth and last born of the Taimako family which has three sons and six daughters. My family is Nabra's from Kongo a suburb of Bolga in the Upper East region of Ghana but are settled in Tamale.  I live with my family.  My father, Mallam Musah died when my mother was five months pregnant with me. Traditionally this leaves me with my father's task because it is assumed he has returned in my form.

Though I am the youngest in my family and a female child I have always played the role of a male child which is a great experience but can sometimes be very frustrating. My parents and grandparents are all traditional healers and I have learned and worked with my grandmother and several elders from childhood. In 1996 I was elected the regional secretary of the Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers association. I completed senior secondary school in 1997 and have since been managing our family business, which is horticulture and traditional medicine.

My mother Hajia Salamatu Ibrahim Taimako still practices traditional medicine and is now the regional chairperson of the Ghana Federation of Traditional Medical Practitioners (GHAFTRAM) of which I am the northern coordinator. Indigenous knowledge is my life and I believe that the world would not be without its origin, so I have worked since 1991 to conserve and promote indigenous knowledge.

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JALIL | Treasurer, Co-Founder, Ghana Finance Director

I am Jalil born in Tamale, on the 07th of April 1976. I am a native of Diare, a suburb of Tamale and a Dagomba by tribe. My mother gave birth to eleven children but four are dead. I am the youngest child of the six surviving male children, one female child. Traveling and learning of other cultures are my hobbies. Fufu and jolof rice are my favorite meals. I completed Tamale Secondary School (Tamasco) in 1998 and have since been working in my family business (Admun Company Limited).

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WINMALIYA |Vice-President, Co-Founder, U.S. Finance Director

I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a MBA concentration in Finance.  Presently I am a top performing medical device salesperson with a global medical corporation,winmaliya and also a seasoned real estate investor. Traveling to Central America, South America, and Africa has taught me that I am truly none of these things.

I am what I was born as… a child of Africa and a citizen of the world Connecting with the globe has birthed in me real understanding of loving my neighbors, real appreciation for what I have and a sincere desire to become my brother’s keeper. I have become socially aware beyond comprehension and these wonderful experiences I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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SUGIRI | Secretary, Co-Founder, Community Affairs

I am a graduate of Auburn University.  Presently, I am also a hospital sales representative, licensed real estate agent, Black Star (create link) office manager, wife, and mother of three. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home of blatant racism and segregation.

My father and mother, having experienced first hand the clutches of racism during the times of Jim Crow instilled in me sense birth a strong sense of self-love, respect, and pride. But not until enrolling my daughter in Nsoromma, an African Centered School here in Atlanta, and further submerging myself in African culture did I gain a better overstanding of who I am and a greater sense of purpose. Only after observing the improvement in my daughter’s general competencies, perspectives, social awareness, and general knowledge as compared to peers her age did I truly understand the wisdom and importance of Dr Henry Clarke’s philosophy on education.

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Poem taken from a 15th century Timbuktu:

"Whoever does not inform his children of his grandparents has destroyed his child, marred his descendants, and injured his offspring the day he dies. Whoever does not make use of his ancestry has muddled his reason. Whoever is unconcerned with his lineage has lost his mind. Whoever neglects his origin, his stupidity has become critical Whoever is unaware of his ancestry his incompetence has become immense. Whoever is ignorant of his roots his intellect has vanished. Whoever does not know his place of origin, his honor has collapsed."

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