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A Marketplace of
Human Excellence

Sokoto means "market place" and has its social, political, and spiritual roots linked to one of the major 18-19th century precolonial African Islamic empires of West Africa, from where many people of African descent in the Americas originated due to the European trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Sokoto House is a community center that aims to build community cohesion and collective efficacy.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 27, 2 PM - 6 PM
Community-based Public-health Response to Violence (CPrV©) Symposium More info...

This symposium will include presentations on the CPrV© model from 2 PM until 5 PM, with light refreshments and networking from 5 PM until 6 PM.

It will be held at the NHC Arboretum Education Center, 6206 Oleander Dr.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, please contact us at

Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12
lcl sponsored: Completely Free Community Market More info...

Sokoto House and lowercase leaders will hosted another Completely Free Community Market on March 11 and 12!

Community Health Worker Violence Prevention Professional (CHW-VPP) Training Info Session More info...

Information about the upcoming Spring 2023 CHW-VPP training.

Free Kindness Boxes Giveaway More info...

Advance Youth Outreach and lowercase leaders gave away Kindness Boxes at Sokoto House on Monday, Dec 19. Each box was full of food, including a whole turkey, and were free to community members in need.

College Knowledge Workshop More info...

Representatives from CFNC, UNCW, and CFCC, in collaboration with Sokoto House Community-Based Organizations and Community Health Workers provided a college information session for students and families to learn about local high education and financial aid opportunities.

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Regularly Scheduled Programs

Wednesdays, 11 AM - 5 PM
HOP Community Day More info...

Every Wednesday, Sokoto House will be hosting Community Days with food, valuable informational sessions, and support. CHWs are on hand from 10 AM until noon and 4-6 PM to assist with the Health Opportunities Pilot (HOP) enrollment.

Every Saturday from March 4 until April 15, Noon - 2:00 PM
Seed to Harvest: Beginner's Gardening Class More info...

Advance Youth Outreach - Shashamane Farm will be holding a beginner's gardening class every Saturday, March 4 until April 15, 2023 (skipping April 8 for the holiday) from 12PM-2PM at Sokoto House.

This free class is geared for beginners but all experience levels are encouraged. The NHC Arboretum will provide required materials and lead the classes. Sessions will be indoor or outdoor, depending on weather conditions. Participants are encouraged to join every class to get full seeds-to-supper education. This class is open to 20 participants, then there will be a waitlist.

Sign up at


Every Saturday beginning March 4, Noon - 2:00 PM (weather permitting)
Beginner Archery More info...

Sokoto House and Grey Raven Media will be holding archery instruction and practice sessions free of charge. We are limiting groups to 8 participants initially. All equipment will be provided.

Contact Kevin if you are interested in participating.

Every Other Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Qigong in the Garden More info...

Head to our QiGong in the Garden page for signup and donation info. A $5 minimum donation per session is requested.

Fitness and spiritual health sessions open to the community, led by 53+ year martial science professor, Master Shihan Mwalimu White Owl.

Every Sunday, 6:00 PM
Salsa Dancing Lessons for Fitness More info...

Med North and Dr. Mayra Alicia Overstreet Galeano are presenting Salsa dancing lessons at Sokoto House every Sunday at 6 PM.

First Sunday of each month, time TBA
Just Us Girls with HOPE More info...

Brenda Galloway and HOPE hosts a support gathering for young mothers from the community. See for more information.

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Latest News

Key Sokoto House Strategy Spotlighted in Star News Article

The Community-based Public health response to Violence (CPrV©) model and an upcoming symposium is the subject of a Wilmington Star News article (paywall).

CPrV© is a model developed by Quality Life Blueprint and exemplified through the work of the community-based and community-focused organizations operating through Sokoto House.

Screen capture of Wilmington Star News article

Jump to article on Wilmington Star News Online (paywall)

View PDF copy of the article

Meet our inaugural class of CHW-VPP graduates!

Featured Endorsements

Sokoto House has been recognized by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 417 as a valued partner organization.

The Sokoto House, located at 1219 Dawson Street in Wilmington, NC has been a host to IATSE Local 417 during our union organizing efforts and our continuous workforce training and development over the 2021-2022 calendar cycles. With the help of Vance Williams and the Sokoto House community activation team, we, the members of IATSE Local 417 have found safe harbor and devoted ourselves in alliance with the missions of The Sokoto House.

Read the letter [PDF]

Vance and Sokoto House has also been endorsed by Midway Parking, LLC as a valued partner.

Vance and The Sokoto House came highly recommended through my Events Coordinator, and since we've begun a partnership with them, I cannot recommend their services highly enough.

Read the letter [PDF]

CCCVPS Initiative

Sokoto House is the headquarters of the Cape Fear's Comprehensive CommUNITY Violence Prevention Strategy (CCCVPS), an initiative principally coordinated by Quality Life Blueprint, Advance Youth Outreach and Lily Nicole Nichelle.

CCCVPS is an initiative and implementation plan based on successful, evidence-based curricula to benefit the community as a priority, as well as address New Hanover County's acknowledgement of racism as a public health crisis and provide a solution to answer the City of Wilmington's call to action through the Rise Together Initiative.

Screen capture of CCCVPS web page


Photos from many events and programs are now available on our Gallery page!

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