Each year, the AHG gives out two awards to deserving members of the herbal community. Learn more about the Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism below. To learn about the Community Service Award click here.
The AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice in Herbalism is an annual award from the American Herbalists Guild to recognize outstanding accomplishments in herbal medicine that address health care needs, and strengthen herbal traditions, heritage, and wisdom within diverse communities. Above all, this award recognizes communities speaking with their own voices and on their own behalf.
The recipient is recognized with a plaque award at the Annual General Meeting of The American Herbalists Guild, at the Annual Symposium. In addition, the recipient will receive funding in the form of a cash award to further their community efforts. Funding is made possible by donations and contributions received from the AHG Annual Silent Auction Benefit.
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About the 2019 Award Winner:
Olatokunboh Obasi and the Well of Indigenous Wisdom
We are pleased to announce Olatokunboh Obasi as the winner of the AHG Award for Notable Work Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Justice. Ola was chosen for this award based on her work in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. We are deeply inspired by Ola’s work. Not only did she offer free clinics to those in need following the hurricane, but also her ongoing work in her community focuses on education, empowerment, and sharing of indigenous traditions and wisdom. Ola’s work truly encompasses community roots, serving and empowering, as well as building capacity and increasing individual and collective wisdom, skills and traditions of marginalized groups. We are thrilled for Ola to accept this award.
This is what Ola writes about her center, Omaroti: “Omaro ti in Taino means Little Moon, a name given to me during my adoption. Omaroti is rooted in wellness in the Well of Indigenous Wisdom. After moving to the island of Puerto Rico and living through the aftermath of hurricane Maria, the call to Omaroti, became more important as my contribution to wellness work. My wellness work is about fulfilling and immersing myself in the position of the calling; enhancing life by using plant medicine to heal people. Located in the heart of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico town center, Omaroti is a space offering local collaboration, creating healing opportunities, empowering through consultation and being a vortex for health consciousness. Simply put, we specialize in herbal medicine, nutrition, education and body care (yoga, dance and energy medicine).”
Ola began to learn the art of healing at the age of 9 and is of indigenous East and West African lineages. Her roots are grounded in Africa. She holds an MS in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, is a board certified nutritionist, a doula, and a certified dance and yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition.
Though her accomplishments are many, Ola says that education is where her heart lies. She has taught at universities, herbalism schools, churches, community organizations and conferences. Ola’s family and teenage children are part of the community effort at Omaroti, and assist her in making many of the herbal formulas. Ola is truly the embodiment of all that this award stands for.