For many years a favorite at the Wren's Nest in Atlanta, Akbar has extensive experience working with school children throughout the Atlanta area where he conducts theater workshops and teaches puppetry arts skills. With the motto, "Have Stories Will Travel," Akbar has appeared at numerous festivals across the country including the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, Florida, and the African Street Festival in Brooklyn, New York. In Georgia, Akbar has participated in the Cotton Days Festival in Marietta, the Corn Tassel Festival in Gainesville, and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.
Readers of the Messenger may recall that several years ago Eatonton Public Librarian Pat Dennis Mason arranged for Akbar to interpret the African American folktales as part of a summer reading program. She is eager for his return this year as part of the Festival, which also is linked to the summer reading program and the adult education efforts in the county.
Torn between the arts and the sciences, Akbar attended Paine College in Augusta where he majored in mathematics but also earned a minor in drama. During the 1970s, he attended graduate school in mathematics at the University of Georgia and at the Georgia Institute of Technology before surrendering to his primary love of acting. Since then Akbar has worked "to contribute to humanity and uplift through poetry, stories, and other things."
In addition to story telling, Akbar has years of experience with the Center for the Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, and has appeared on the stage in a variety of roles. He even appeared in several short films during the 1980s.