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Africa Day 2013: Celebrating Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance

Date: May 22, 2013
Domain:Arts & Culture
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS – 22 May 2013: 2013, Year of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance is the theme for Africa Day as this year marks the 50th anniversary. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) in 1963, now known as the African Union. A series of activities will be organised on that occasion by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and other stakeholders, on 24 May 2013 at the Municipality of Port Louis.
At a press conference this morning in Port Louis, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mookhesswur Choonee, recalled that Africa Day helps portray African unity and it is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people on the continent. We share blood ties with Africa and Mauritius was among the first countries to have joined the then OAU, he said.
“Africa is the future. The world economy is shifting to the East, to India and China, but the emerging continent is Africa”, said the Minister, adding that it will be Africa which will be the main food provider to the world.
Activities comprise an African mask exhibition; a culinary exhibition to showcase African cuisine with the participation of African students from the Middlesex University, the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture, the University of Mauritius Trust, the African Ladies Guiding Hands Association, and Sir Gaëtan Duval Hotel School.
A cultural show by a troupe from South Africa, a fashion display along with an exhibition/demonstration of sculpture, and a display of the flags of the Member States of the African Union is also scheduled.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: Website:
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