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African Union chief asks for culture to be taken more seriously

The African’s Union Commission’s chairperson encouraged Africa to hasten its integration agenda and social-economic development by taking advantage of its unique cultures.

The request was made by Moussa Faki Mahamat on Africa Day, honoring the founding of the then-Group of African Unity on the 25th of May, 1963.

Mahamat declared that Africa has long failed to notice the role of culture in the formation and promotion of countries.

He said: “I intend, during this mandate, to correct this tendency by taking an interest, more than I have done in the past, in African culture and thought. I have indicated that I will appeal to academics and sociologists from all cultural spaces to make their contribution to building a strong and achievable African consensus.”

He also mentioned that arts, culture and heritage can play a huge role on turning Africa into a prosperous, integrated and peaceful place.

“The Union Africa is aware of the role that the arts, audiovisual and film industries play in the process of African integration and conflict prevention as well as socio-economic growth,” he stated.

The leaders of Africa announced 2021 as the “year of arts, culture and heritage.”

It’s geared at making sure that nations allocate essential resources and adopt applicable programs and policies to create a robust and more durable creative industry.

As per this year’s theme: Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers to build the Africa we want, Mahamat highlighted the significance of safeguarding the richness of African culture.

Previously known as African Liberation Day and African Freedom Day, Africa Day is celebrated in various countries and serves as a form to raise awareness of the significance of African artists in maintaining and promoting inherent African riches, that Mahamat stressed as pivotal to the continent’s growth.

The African Union adopted the African Cultural Renaissance Charter in Khartoum, Sudan in 2006. Among the charter’s goals is strengthening the culture’s role in encouraging peace and proper governance.

 

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