FORT WAYNE—Omowale Ketu Oladuwa, or Ketu as most of his family, friends, and students call him, has been a pillar of the Fort Wayne artistic and educational community for more than 40 years. In June, the beloved leader and artistic director of the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Arts and Culture (TRIAAC) was badly injured in an auto accident when he was hit by another vehicle. Ketu has undergone surgery and now needs months of rehab and physical therapy. He is currently unable to drive due to a leg injury.
Ketu’s friends and supporters are asking for donations to the Friends of Ketu Injury Recovery Fund to assist in his and his family’s recovery from this accident. TRIAAC, which is acting as fiscal agent for the fund, has added a separate PayPal donation icon to its website www.triaac.org for interested parties to contribute. Also, checks made out to Ketu Oladuwa may be sent directly to the TRIAAC offices at 501 E. Brackenridge, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3522. Donations to the Friends of Ketu Injury Recovery Fund should not be made payable to TRIAAC and do not qualify as a charitable deduction for tax purposes.
Ketu is the artistic director for TRIAAC where he is one of three founders of the organization. But, he continues to be known and loved for his work with the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble (TRJE), a West African drumming and dance group for young people, as well as his many residencies in local schools, after-school programs, and programs for at-risk youth.
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This article originally appeared in the July 31 print edition.