Leader

Dr. Arikana Chihombori
is known internationally for her efforts to improve healthcare systems, particularly in countries in Africa, and to promote women’s rights around the globe. Nearly 20 years ago, at a conference organized by then Africa Resources, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe presented the noted philanthropist with her first major award.

Since that time, Dr. Chihombori has continued to receive prestigious honors and has been selected to deliver remarks at notable conferences globally.

 

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Business Woman

Business Woman

In 2010, Dr. Chihombori purchased a former slave plantation located in the rolling hills of Tennessee overlooking the Cumberland River. The original owner, a slaveholder whose family later supported the Confederacy during the Civil War, built the plantation in 1799. The property previously known as Chapman Plantation was renamed “Africa House” by Dr. Chihombori.

Well before she began her venture with Africa House, Dr. Chihombori already had made history in 2003 with her purchase of the Durban Club Hotel in South Africa. The building, which is over a 100 years old, had been a “Gentleman’s Club,” and no women or people of color were allowed to be members. Membership was only open to white males, and the building is said to have been the site of the decision-making process that created and supported apartheid.

 

 

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Medical Doctor

Medical Doctor

Dr. Chihombori is founder and CEO of Bell Family Medical Centers located in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Antioch, Tennessee. She also founded the Middle Tennessee Medical Associates, another medical facility, in LaVergne, Tennessee. Dr. Chihombori has been practicing medicine in Tennessee since completing her residency in 1992.

Dr. Chihombori was appointed to the position of Chairman of the African Union African Diaspora Health Initiative by H.E. Ambassador Amina Ali, African Union Permanent Ambassador to the United States. As head of the initiative, Dr. Chihombori’s role is to encourage African Diaspora healthcare workers and friends of Africa to participate development of healthcare systems in Africa.

 

 

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Activist

Activist

In 2013 and 2012 respectively, in an effort to address the issue of “Bad Drugs for Africa,” Dr. Chihombori and the African Union African Diaspora Health Initiative team visited pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Bangladesh and China. The objective was to identify credible manufacturing plants for Africa.

Dr. Chihombori spoke on February 28, 2013 concerning “Violence against Women and Children” at the Pre CSW57 Forum held in New York at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United States. In September 2013, Dr. Chihombori was one of four women who represented Africa at the International Conference on Women’s Rights, hosted by the Government of Argentina in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. She delivered a moving speech on the topic, “Violence against Women and its Worldwide Effects.” At this conference, Dr. Chihombori shared the stage with two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberto Menchu of Guatamala and Alfonso Perez Esquivel of Argentina.

 

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Durban Manor Hotel

Considered historically significant, Durban Manor is a treasure of rich architecture with a sweeping main staircase, grand entrance dome, secluded garden court, finely crafted wooden doors, panels and fireplaces, moulded plaster frescos and ceilings.

An abundance of antique furniture and interesting relics from bygone eras are part of the special ambiance of this grand dame hotel. "Splendour from a bygone Era."

 

 

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Africa House

Africa House

Formerly a slave plantation, Africa House is a luxurious 15,000-square-foot mansion sitting on 30 acres of land remotely located on the hills of Gallatin Tennessee at the banks of Old Hickory Lake across from Bull Creek boat ramp. Once a slave plantation this home also features a 5,000- square-foot barn perfect for weddings and events. The mansion is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Nashville Airport with easy access from all the Greater Nashville communities.

 

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