Wo ho te sen? (“How are you doing?” in Akan)

Me din de (“I am called” in Akan / Twi) Dr. Dontraneil Donte Clayborne (UCLA, Urban Planning) – Dissertation = Owner-Drivers in the Tro-Tro Industry: A Look at Jitney Service Provision in Accra, Ghana

{Please read and give me feedback at @ AfrisporaAcademy@gmail.com Address to: ATTN: Dissertation – DrDDClayborne

‘Afrispora’ as a ‘concept’ is a Life approach to some key aspects of Life. 

The Adinkra symbol is the Akoben means “Call To Duty” in the Gyaman and Akan cultures of West Africa.

This ‘Life brand’  aims to enhance one’s core personal and collective principles via intentional and authentic SUPPORT + SUPPLEMENTATION of endeavors that contribute to beneficial actions and developments

Established in 2005 as my contribution to community development by “Bringing the GLOBAL–>LOCAL & Taking the LOCAL GLOBAL” via Myspace & Reverbnation then the old  Afrispora.com (on Squarespace) & Facebook

CURATOR = “one who has the care and superintendence of something; especially: one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit.”

I actually do not really like’ the contemporary ‘overly’ general wide use of the term ‘curator’, ha.

Yet it fits what I am and WE are doing more and more intentionally.

My folks and I are doing more than just “throwing parties” and gathering “just because”.

I have heard simply a social gathering or even just a party referred to as a ‘curated event’. I would think, “Well, not really in the ‘strictest sense’ of the term, but in a more broad sense, Yes.”

So if that is the case, we aim to be “Well Curated!” since “Well-Superintendenced!” doesn’t really work, huh?! 🙂

Dontraneil “Don Dada Kwame Tumi” Clayborne is the founder and creator of Afrispora™ and Afrispora Worldwide™and Afrispora.com, organizer of a wide range of socio-cultural and politico-economic endeavors, and an Urban Planning doctoral candidate at UCLA (graduation date 2011)[I EARNED my doctorate in Urban Planning in 2012].

[Dr. Clayborne] Dontraneil is a History professor [who] has taught African, World, African-American and American histories at Santa Monica College (since 2003), Western Civilizations and African-American histories at Los Angeles Southwest College (since 2011).

Dontraneil was born in ‘South Central’ L.A., near 54th Street and Central Avenue (Wikipedia content). Much of his family has lived in this area dating from 1942 until the present. As a youth, he attended eight elementary schools from South Central L.A. to Watts to Inglewood and elsewhere, then in Orange County and San Diego counties before returning to L.A. During his time in high school, first the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, then A Tribe Called Quest changed how he looked at music and popular culture in general. He discovered music that allowed him to tap into a cultural network that fit into his world views.

Dontraneil is particularly proud of an essay he wrote in high school about the life and accomplishments of W.E.B. Du Bois. The experience of writing the essay and winning a second-place prize, along with an awareness of his family history, sparked Dontraneil’s quest for knowledge of self. Du Bois would become one of the main catalysts for his intellectual development as a teenager and throughout his life.

After high school, Dontraneil went on to obtain a double major B.A. in Third World Studies and History at [the] University of California, San Diego. During his junior year, he studied abroad for eight months at the University of Ghana, Legon in West Africa. While in college, Dontraneil listened to a lot of music, ranging from the Artifacts, Boogiemonsters, the Roots, Freestyle Fellowship, Gin Blossoms, Alice and Chains, Porno for Pyros, Craig Mack, Cypress Hill, the Nonce, Anita Baker, and more. Since high school and college, his personal and academic life have been shaped and inspired by the literary likes of Mariama Ba, Oscar Wilde, Albert Camus, W.E.B. Du Bois and musical likes of the KRS-One, Fela Kuti, Souls of Mischief, Incognito, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Omar Lye Fook, J Davey, Dibiase, J. Bizness, N/A, GB, Phonte, Open Mike Eagle and Dr. Who Dat up to today.

Following a summer of service as an AFL-CIO Union activist, Dontraneil moved to Washington, DC to attend graduate school at a Howard University. Once in the nation’s capital, he worked a plethora of odd jobs ranging from a youth hostel to web development and database management. In 1998 he obtained a Masters of Arts degree in History (major field: African history-minor field: Public history). That same year, Dontraneil had developed the basic concepts of what would later become Afrispora™. The vision was to use online tools to make real-world cultural events more widely known.

In 1999 Dontraneil began his academic career teaching World history and African history in Baltimore.

In 2000, he came back home to Los Angeles, and in 2002 began attending UCLA to obtain a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. During this time, he also connected with ‘good’ folks in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles at small gatherings and large parties like Juju. Finally, in 2005, the concept of Afrispora™ was formalized and Dontraneil began conceptualizing and re-conceptualizing, designing and re-designing how the concept would be brought into the business format and networking model of the company, Afrispora Worldwide, LLC, the parent company of Afrispora.com.

Dontraneil’s lifetime enthusiasm for knowledge lead to later academic interest in the lives, ideas and instructions of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kwame Nkrumah, Samora Machel, Steve Biko, Walter Rodney, Albert Camus, Ngugi wa Thoing’o, Arthur Ashe, Kwame Ture, Thomas Sankara, Carter G. Woodson, Angela Davis, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Ali Mazrui, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Basil Davidson, Frantz Fanon, Joseph E. Harris, Jeanne Maddox Toungara, George Orwell, Mahatma Gandhi, Vinit Mukhija, Edward Soja, Lois Takahashi, Aziz Batran, Paul Robeson among many others.

Since 2008, Dontraneil gradually came to be known as Kwame Tumi. This nickname means born on Saturday because Kwame is an Akan ethnic group day name, while Tumi means to be able, capable.


Check out more of the site: Afrispora.com cropped-afrispora-logo1.jpg Direct contact for Dr. Dontraneil D. Clayborne at afrispora@gmail.com – Thanks again UBAA for this valuable ‘encapsulation’ of aspects of my existence! Indebted.

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Sooooooo………I am a Los Angeles native. 


I was raised all over the region of Southern California.

From my earliest life memories in the neighborhoods (Where it was typically ‘Not All Good’)


Watts, CA


South-Central Los Angeles


Inglewood, CA


Santa Ana, CA


Irvine, CA


El Cajon


San Diego


Pomona, CA


Ontario, CA


La Jolla, CA


Accra, GH


several other places in the SoCal region as in down to OC


beyond to San Diego


I studied aboard at the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra


back to LA


out to the IE


then back to SD


then to DC


then Balt’mo


back to L.A.


then Inglewood


Leimert Park


Los Angeles




Los Angeles


(Dr. Clayborne, pictured)

I gave the Opening for the film, “Coz Ov Moni” (circa 2012).  It is an extra dope film that is a Hip Hop classic based in Ghana, West Africa, I just seek it and watch it.

Coz Ov Moni links: A.

Professor of History = African + World Civilizations + Afrikan World Civilizations + Western Civilizations + Indigenous American + Latin American + United States + African-American

Professor of Africana Studies

Professor of International Studies (Africa)


2020 ~

2017 ~ “African History: A Brief Overview” [SLIDE PRESENTATION] for The Africa Channel’s production staff. I appreciate them taking their work content as seriously as they do, which they do so well.

2011 ~ Opening for “Coz Ov Moni” film screening [ORAL PRESENTATION] at CSU Los Angeles as invited by Dr. Msia Clark of CSU Los Angeles, now at Howard University Go Bbbiiisssooonnn!!!

Coz Ov Moni” is a HIGHLY important African hip hop film with the prominent musical structure to put it simply. So just Dope

(Pictured – Dr. Dontraneil Clayborne)

Giving the Opening for the screening of the film, Coz Ov Moni @ California State University, Los Angeles in 2012.

My personal friend, Wanlov tha Kubolor (Wiki) [Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu (Facebook)] stars in this Hip-Hop-based film.

I have promoted Wanlov and others via Afrispora.com since the late 2000s.

The following is courtesy of UCLA Black Alumni Association Spotlight

Dr. Dontraneil Claybornedon c (Ph.D., Urban Planning, 2012) Doctoral Dissertation Owner-Drivers in the Tro-Tro Industry: A Look at Jitney Service Provision in Accra, Ghana








~ This a well-curated and informed APPROACH TO LIFE (MINDSTATE), which can contribute to a ‘wonderful’life on one’s own terms!

“Each informs Each!” – Dr. Clayborne #DrClayborneSayings #DrDDClayborne

Dontraneil ‘Don Dada’ Clayborne (Afrispora Afrispora Afrispora on Facebook)

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From the Academics page:

Main Curator – Dr. Dontraneil Clayborne ~ UCLA (PhD, 2012) Urban Planning: Regional and International Development

Download my Doctoral dissertation entitled “Owner-Drivers in the Tro-tro Industry: A Look At Jitney Service Provision in Accra, Ghana”

Put simply, what Dr. Dontraneil Clayborne calls –

“The THREE Es: Enlightenment, Empowerment and Enjoyment!” collectively compose the leading instructive approach of Afrispora Worldwide (Afrispora.com)

HIST 38 & 39: MAIN TEXT ~ HISTORY OF AFRICA, 3rd Edition by Kevin Shillington


I came up with “The Three Es: Enlightenment, Empowerment & Enjoyment” to oppose the European colonial thetoric of the 19th century, The Three Cs: Christianity, Commerce and Civilization

Past Conferences and Presentations:

African Studies Association conference (2013) in Baltimore, MD

African Transportation

1619″ Conference (2014) at Virginia Weslyan University


Presentation title: “Entangled Identity: Blues, Jazz and Hip Hop” as part as of the “Black Music and the Construction of American Identity: Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop” section, October 12, 2014

Key Introductory Knowledge!

WATCH “A Century of Self”

PRODUCTS (On behalf of Afrispora):

“Brief Overview of African History” – Slide presentation (2017)

“Entangled Identity: Blues, Jazz & Hip Hop” a presentation – Slide presentation + audio (2013)

“The Triple ‘A’ Approach: A Guide To a Wonderful Life!” –

A Presentation and beyond – Slide presentation + audio (2017)

Dr. Dontraneil Clayborne (BA – UC San Diego / MA – Howard /PhD – UCLA

afrispora@gmail.com + Twitter.com/Afrispora + Instagram: Afrispora + Afrispora.bandcamp.com + Myspace.com/Afrispora

IN TRIBUTE ~ Dr. Mark Sawyer (So long my friend!), his passing moved me a lot. Made me GO HARDER in Life in general, heck and I go pretty ‘hard’ on A LOT, yet not nearly enough!”

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