House of Nyahbinghi Opens Africa Week

Snap 02014-05-20-16h21m06s94Two years ago in May, the Summit Conference of the Independent African States, decreed that May 25th, the day on which the historic Charter of the Organization of African Unity was signed, be celebrated every year as African Liberation Day.

In keeping with this tradition, the House of Nyahbinghi in collaboration with the Government of Dominica and the National Youth Council of Dominica (NYCD), on Monday May 19th officially opened the 51st anniversary of the signing of the charter, under the theme “Youth Embracing African Heritage.

President of the NYCD, Jaihsiah Benoit says to add to the success of this annual celebration, parents and leaders must focus on our African culture and put in place requisite programmes so that young people develop a true appreciation of the culture.Snap 02014-05-20-16h21m31s97

“It is fundamental that partners such as the Cultural Division, the Government of Dominica, the private sector and indeed the civil society develop channels by which the young people can be empowered to participate actively in decisions such as the coordination of Africa Week as well as understanding their African culture on a daily basis”, he stated.

Representatives of the House of Nyahbinghi believe that although we have achieved political independence here in Dominica, we still lack economic independence and cultural appreciation.

One representative, Imani Shaw stressed that the theme focuses on encouraging determination, self-confidence and independence among youths to enable and foster the creation of great civilization.

Shaw encouraged young people to study the past to enhance the future.

Snap 02014-05-20-16h22m24s107This event was followed by a panel discussion organized by the NYCD.

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 conclude the week of activities.

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