Diaspora Showcase Africa - featuring the fashion, music, dance, food and entertainment of Africa - debuted on September 18, 2004, in Tucson, Arizona, as a fashion drama on the runway, while spotlighting humanitarian organizations that have made a significant contribution to Africa. The first show, "The Princess and the Porcupine," was based on a script written by Kwevi Quaye , the creator and producer of the show, and co-developed by the eminent Professor Anselm Omoike. From the 2005 showcase "The Wedding" to the 2006 "The African Renaissance" , the Diaspora Showcase has received critical acclaims and awards for its presentation of Africa in a unique entertaining format by integrating the fashion, music, dance and food from the five regions of Africa into a single show.
Since 2004, Diaspora Showcase has been sponsored by both national and multinational corporations such as Southwest Airlines, Chase Bank, UBS, Essence Magazine, Clear Channel Radio, MAC Cosmetics, Ulta Fragrance and Cosmetics, Mercedes, Chapman Automotive, Pima Federal Credit Union, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Sparkle Cleaners, P.F.Chang's China Bistro, Nimbus Brewing Company, Volkswagen, Lexus, Intuit, and Safeway. The show received awards and extensive media coverage in newspapers and magazines around the country.