Pulchérie Nketsap Mboussi

Victoria, British Columbia

Since arriving in Canada almost three decades ago, Pulchérie has devoted her life to promoting an environment in which all Canadians can experience and learn the cultures, history and traditions of the African continent. In 2012, she created the African Arts and Cultural Society  to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the richness and diversity of African and Caribbean cultures. Pulchérie also launched ISSAMBA (Cameroonian Beti dialect meaning ‘Come Together’), a group of world-renowned African musicians and dancers whose energetic and interactive performances have captured the imagination of audiences throughout the Province. In 2017, Pulchérie began advocating for the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent: five municipalities in the Capital Regional District have since adopted the Proclamation. In 2020, Pulchérie reached a major milestone by opening the ISSAMBA Centre, the first physical hub for people of African descent on Vancouver Island.



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This recognition means a lot to me. What I do is mostly for us to feel home and live in an inclusive community. My hope is that British Columbians from African descent own community spaces where they can better express and share their cultural heritage.