Uncategorized

34th AU Summit strives to leverage and valorise African Arts, Culture and Heritage

The thirty fourth (34th) Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 February 2021 will hold under the theme: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”. This theme of the year will be presented during the upcoming African Union Summit, by the lead Department of Social Affairs at the AUC. However, it is worth noting that, Africa is universally recognised for its rich arts and cultural diversity given that, African cultural heritage springs from different communities all over Africa. Therefore, cultural heritage, which is seen as an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values, will for the next twelve months, be at the centre of discussion in most events organised by the African Union.

African heritage is keen on the moral values while African culture is expressed in its arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages, etc. Expressions of culture are abundant within Africa, with large amounts of cultural diversity being found not only across different countries but also within single countries. Consequently, the African Union (AU) has recognised the role arts, culture and heritage can play as catalysts for the socio-economic development and integration of the African continent. To that effect, the preservation of valued African property such as historic buildings, artwork, books/manuscripts and other artefacts that have been passed down from previous generations, will take central stage henceforth as the AU strives to uphold these values by dedicating an entire year of 2021 to ‘Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want’.

The proposed theme of the year 2021 draws inspiration in the African Union Agenda 2063, as a shared strategic framework and blueprint for inclusive growth and sustainable Development; Aspiration 05 envisages:

Expressions of culture are abundant within Africa, with large amounts of cultural diversity being found not only across different countries but also within single countries

  • An Africa with a Strong Cultural Identity, Values and Ethics;
  • Strengthening the African cultural identity, values and ethics as a critical factor for Africa’s emergence on the global stage.
  • African people imbued with a sense of their fundamental cultural unity, a sense of a common destiny and African identity and Pan-African consciousness.
  • An Africa where work is a key ethic and value, where women play an important role, and in which traditional and religious leaders, including the youth as drivers of change, is recognized.

Worth recalling that, from the onset, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and, thereafter its successor the African Union (AU), has placed culture at the top of their agenda, as stipulated in the OAU Charter, which affirms the commitment of the African Union Member States to ensure the coordination and harmonisation of their policies, in the domain of educational and cultural cooperation, among others. The significant contribution of culture to the integration of societies and to the socio-economic development in general and to poverty alleviation through job creation and social inclusion in particular has been undoubtedly evident. This reiterates why the AU has not only included culture in all major development blue prints, such as the Lagos Plan of Action 1980-2000 and the African Union Agenda 2063; but it has also adopted various instruments pertaining to culture including the Cultural Charter for Africa (1978), the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance (2006), the Statute of the African Audio-Visual and Cinema Commission (2019) and the African Union (AU) Model Law on the Protection of Cultural Property and Heritage (2018), among others.

According to H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, the AU’s theme of the Year 2021 ““Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”, is an important theme and goes hand in hand with the whole movement for the institutional reform of the Union, “as culture is the main marker of identity and through it we know who we really are”. The AUC Chairperson was speaking while addressing the virtual official opening of the 41st Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), on 20 January 2021.

Meanwhile, the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council is scheduled to take place on 3 and 4 February 2021. This meeting will bring together Ministers of External Relations/ Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from the fifty five (55) Member States of the African Union. 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union (AU).

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

You may also like

Business Events Society Technology Technology Trends Telecoms

NCC, NLRC inaugurate committee to strengthen consumer protection

post-image

 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) on Thursday in Abuja set up a committee to work towards the protection of the interest of telecom consumers against malpractices that may attend mobile lotteries in the country.

The Committee, which was inaugurated at the NCC Head Office in Abuja, was tasked with the responsibility of articulating measures to address mutual regulatory issues, including the review of revenue-sharing formula between Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and lottery operators.

The NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management (ECSM), Barrister Adeleke Adewolu, who presided at the meeting comprising senior staff of the two agencies, recalled fondly previous engagements between the agencies and stated that the committee was important in order to review and update an NCC-NLRC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed on the 6th of August 2018 but has now expired.

The ECSM said the Commission is committed to regulatory collaboration and…

Read More
Business News Opinion Security Society Technology Technology Trends Telecoms Trends

VAB SOLUTIONS LIMITED HELP SMEs IN NIGERIA TO DIGITIZE THROUGH INNOVATIVE IT SOLUTIONS 

post-image

 

 

 

In a digitizing world, there is a need for businesses to get up-to-date with the digital trends and while on it also protect their information technology (IT) infrastructure with robust cyber security solutions that will no deep a huge hole in their pocket.  Looking at the cost-effective IT solutions for businesses locally, especially those in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), VAB Solutions Limited, an indigenous IT firm located in Victoria Island, Lagos is bringing to the market robust IT and cyber security solutions that is tailor-made for Nigerian firms. A move the company said that will deepen their business productivity and continuity.

Speaking to the media, Voke Benjamin Agadagba, the Managing Consultant of VAB Solutions Limited said that “VAB Solutions started operation January 2018 however the company was incorporated September 2017, We like to think of ourselves as an information technology ( IT ) Advisor, meaning we believe our…

Read More
Announcements Business Government Trends Uncategorized

NIGERIAN SAUDI ARABIA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE WILL DEEPEN COUNTRIES RELATIONS

post-image
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the establishment of the Nigeria-Saudi Arabia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture will deepen the relations between the two countries beyond diplomatic ties to commerce and industry.
The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Thursday when he received the President of the newly-established Chamber, Engr. Ibrahim Usman, on a courtesy visit.
“Clearly from your presentation, it’s clear that the major objective is to change the narrative and ensure that the relations between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria should not be seen just from the narrow prism of Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, but from the prism of two very important nations of the world creating a bridge through better cooperation…

Read More
Business Education Events Investments News Opinion Society

HER STORY FROM A WHEELBARROW PUSHER TO NYSC CORP MEMBER TO A BUSINESS OWNER

post-image

 

 

 

 

In a country that youths are traveling out calling it Japa, a lot of Nigerian youths also have been able to show their business agility and institutions have been nurturing their growth from cradle to what they are today. One of the great business story was the story of Ojevwe Owhorode a young-Nigerian girl that is consciously grown her business.

Speaking via her Linkedin account, Ojevwe said,”I have been on LinkedIn for sometime now and I have been contemplating on how to go about my first post. Amazingly, an incredible event happened in August and I saw it as a good opportunity to kick-start my LinkedIn journey.”

She added that “I’m currently an Edo state Corper (Batch B Stream II, 2022). Two months ago, I was at the Nysc orientation camp in Edo state and we were told about a competition organized by Access Bank Plc known as “accesspreneur” (a business…

Read More
Business Events Finance Gadgets Government Technology Technology Trends

META AND NAPTIP LAUNCH AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IN NIGERIA TO HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN

post-image

 

Today, Meta announced the launch of the AMBER Alert Programme on Facebook and Instagram in Nigeria. Working in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), this programme is aimed at helping to find abducted children by sending AMBER Alerts to the local Facebook and Instagram community in Nigeria.

AMBER Alert is designed to increase the chances of finding missing children by putting more people on the lookout for them. When an AMBER Alert is activated by law enforcement, the alert will appear on the Facebook and Instagram Feed of users within the designated search area, enabling them to share the information instantly with friends or contact the authorities if they have leads.

AMBER Alert is designed to include important information about the missing child such…

Read More
Business News

It’s getting hot in here – what is carbon offsetting and why is it a useful tool in addressing climate change?

post-image

 

 

By: Steffen Burrows, Curbon co-founder and director

 

It’s an alarming thought, but South Africans have a serious climate change problem. As the world’s 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the rainbow nation has an enormous responsibility to respond to climate change as well as an urgent duty to the planet to transition to a lower-carbon economy. How can this be achieved? What will drive the transition? Legislation is a useful starting point but ultimately as global citizens, reversing climate change through decarbonisation is a shared responsibility that must be taken up at an individual level.

 

Climate change can no longer be ignored

Because of its severe impact on agriculture, water resources, human health, infrastructure, ecosystems and energy, climate change is an environmental and humanitarian crisis that can no longer be ignored. Given that most of South Africa’s carbon emissions result from energy generation and the fact that as much as 80% of…

Read More
Business Security Society Sponsored Technology Technology Trends Telecoms

HOW SA’s CLOUD MARKET IS MATURING

post-image

 

In 1999, CNN published an article with the headline: “Is the internet maturing?” The author referred to the first airline tickets being sold online and said the internet was ‘going ordinary’ – in other words, no longer the playground of the tech-savvy, but more ubiquitous in the average Joe’s life.

 

Cloud, say experts, is going ordinary too. “Cloud, just like the internet back in the day, is revolutionising the way people think about their infrastructure,” says Andrew Cruise, Managing Director of Routed, a local VMware Cloud Verified and VMware Principal Partner“The conversation really started changing during the pandemic. Before, people had a bad understanding of cloud – they’d only ever heard of cloud hyperscalers like Google and Azure…

Read More
Business

Thinking of downsizing your home? Consider these pros and cons first

post-image

Interest rate hikes and the rising cost of living have many homeowners seriously considering downsizing. “For long-term owners and those who find themselves with an empty nest or too much space for their present needs, now may be the opportune moment to scale back. But, those downsizing for a financial quick-fix should carefully consider the costs involved as smaller doesn’t always mean cheaper,” says Andrea Tucker, Director of MortgageMe.

Having a thorough understanding of the costs involved in the sale of a house in relation to the current value of the property is important in avoiding a major financial misstep. “In theory, downsizing should be kinder on your pocket thanks to lower maintenance costs and as well as rates, taxes, and electricity savings. In the short term at least, a move to another home comes with…

Read More