The Krewe of Nandi is an all female organization in the Greater New Orleans area (Westbank). The organization is open to all women 21 years and older. The Krewe of Nandi will promote self love, empowerment, sisterhood, community service and celebrate in enhancing carnival activities.
Established in 2022, we are an organization of powerful women who supports, uplift and empower each other. To model a positive environment where we as women can use our gifts to strengthen our communities, while celebrating our work through Carnival activities, and building a lifetime of sisterhood and friendships.
The Krewe of Nandi’s mission is to embody a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all women to unify and empower each other through sisterhood, community service, and social gatherings. Together we will use our gifts to strengthen our communities, while celebrating our work. As a krewe, we will be the epitome of unity, love and power. Our members will exemplify poise and class. We believe empowered women are unstoppable.
The purpose of The Krewe of Nandi is to combine our passion for Mardi Gras with our passion for community service. We will create long lasting sisterhood while establishing solid communities by engaging, educating, and enhancing society to promote the growth of the organization.
"Love Her, Cherish Her, Empower Her"
Navy Blue, Fuchsia and Gold
Custom Signature Teacups
Ebonie M. Fennidy, Founder
Alicia F. Jordan, Co-Founder
Enjoli Pannell Holmes
HISTORY OF QUEEN NANDI
"Believe in your destiny."
- Queen Nandi, A woman of high esteem.
A determined woman was born
Nandi kaBhebe of eLangeni was the daughter of the Langeni Chief, Bhebe Mhlongo and his wife, Mfunda. She was born in 1760 at the eBunzini umuzi, on the banks of the Mhlathuze River. She was married to King Senzangakhona and was the mother of Shaka Zulu. She was also the Queen Mother of the Zulu Nation. The name “Nandi” means “the sweet one” in isiZulu. Nandi was a feisty and strong willed young girl, she had her own way. She was also an incredible beauty, a 19th century Aphrodite. A woman of courage, who made her decisions and stuck to them, Nandi never lost hope in life; she was resilient; she never succumbed to pressure, and she knew her worth. Nandi was never discouraged by life. She never gave up; she was strong and resilient. Because of her strong will, resilience, she set an example to millions of women not to settle for less.
The great Queen Nandi remains a symbol of patience and determination. She is held in high self esteem because she has overcome so many difficulties and yet she was still able to believe in her destiny and overcome those fears.
All Hail Queen Nandi!
MEET THE BOARD
Ebonie M. Fennidy
Ebonie M Fennidy is a native of Marrero La, and takes pride in celebrating Mardi Gras. For as long as she can remember, carnival has been an annual highlight in her life, particularly due to her family’s long history with the Zulu Aid and Pleasure Club. Ebonie became actively involved in carnival, serving as a Zulu Maid in 2007 and an active Zulu rider with The Krewe of Soweto. She is a graduate of West Jefferson High School, and obtained her B.A. in Business Management from Dillard University along with additional business management certifications. In the daytime and all in between, Ebonie is employed as a 3rd grade Social Studies and Science teacher. She has served on various committees and has made many professional connections throughout her career.Ebonie resides in Harvey and is the proud mother of one handsome son Ayden Clark. Ebonie looks forward to ensuring women of all abilities are represented professionally with The Krewe of Nandi.
Alicia F. Jordan
Co-Captain / Co-Founder
Alica F. Jordan is a native and current resident of Harvey La. After graduating from John Ehret High School, she obtained her B.A. in Business Management from Columbia Southern University of Alabama. For 18 years she has been employed with Peoples Health and has been a supervisor for 8 years. Alicia is also the owner of A&J Fashion and Accessories and is also Co-owner of Jordan’s Trucking and Disposal Services.Mardi Gras has always been one of Alicia’s favorite holidays. Due to her family’s long history with the Zulu Aid and Pleasure Club Inc. She is an active Zulu rider with The Krewe of Soweto. Alicia resides with her husband in Harvey La. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Alicia looks forward to taking her love of all things Mardi Gras to the next level as the Co-Captain for the Krewe of Nandi.
Essence K. Thomas
Director of Finance
Enjoli Pannell- Holmes
Director of Membership
Assistant Director of Membership
Director of Community Service
Director of Hospitality
Director of Merchandise