Dominicans will receive the opportunity to get in touch with their African heritage as plans to celebrate Africa Week fall in place.
The island will begin celebrations from May 19th to May 25th, 2014 under the theme “Youth Embracing African Heritage.”
Speaking at the official launch of the celebrations on Thursday, organizer and Cultural Officer Delmont “Ras Mo” Moses, explained that the Government of Dominica has partnered with the House of Nyabinghi for the staging of African Liberation Celebrations in an effort to broaden the involvement of the population in these celebrations.
“This year the Division of Culture, the House of Nyabinghi and the National Youth Council (NYC) held several meetings to review the nature of the celebrations and to develop a programme of activities for this year’s celebrations,” he explained.
According to him, the main focus of this year’s celebration is the youth and in reviewing the celebrations from a strategic perspective, it was agreed that the celebrations should be rebranded to make them more in line with the African Union’s current formulation.
“As you know African Liberation Day is usually celebrated here. The week will now be known as Africa Week and African Liberation Day will be known as Africa Day,” he explained. “This was also deemed necessary in order to shift the focus from liberation to solidarity and celebrating the elements of our African heritage.”
In the meantime representative of the House of Nyabinghi, Peter Alleyne, added that it has been a long struggle for the African diaspora to accept its African roots and to encourage the study and appreciation of its positive contribution to world civilization.
“We recognize the negative actions reported daily with respect to the socio economic and political situation on the continent of Africa but we maintain that we in the Caribbean can set a standard and example of human development through cooperation and respect for each other, rather than strife,” he said.
Activities for Africa Week will begin with an opening ceremony and concert along with the opening of an Art and Craft Fair, Africa Village at the Harlem Plaza on Monday 19th May, 2014.
This will be followed by a panel discussion organized by the NYC on Tuesday.
Other activities include African Dress day on May 23rd and a football match on the Newtown Savannah on Saturday May 24th.
An African Solidarity March on Sunday, May 25th, will wrap up the week.