Africano began training in Capoeira Angola in Atlanta in 1998-99 with Grupo de N’golo. Upon graduating from undergrad, he continued training Angola and Regional in Wisconsin and Chicago. Africano began instructing in 2006 under the auspices of Capoeira Akebelan (where he received his nome de guerra, Africano) instructing in Chicago at DuSable Leadership Academy and Barbara A. Sizemore Academy.
Africano later instructed Capoeira at Betty Shabazz International Charter School, New Concept, Charles Hamilton Houston Alternative High School, Winnie Mandela Intergenerational Alternative High School and Camp Cul-Tec as well as instructing Capoeira with the Black Survival Network. In 2007, he traveled with his Instructor, Valentao, to Bahia where he trained in Regional with Academia Mestre Bimba and Angola with Associacao Brasileira de Capoeira Angola while frequenting the classes and rodas of Mestre Joao Pequeno and the street rodas at Mercado Modelo (Capoeira da Rua).