On Thursday, everything will sound, smell and feel African as Rwandans join Africans in celebrating six decades of liberation of the continent from colonialism.
Fifty nine years ago, Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States on the continent and the African Liberation Day was founded.
This year’s celebrations in Rwanda will be held under the theme; “The Role of Media in Nurturing the African Youth for the total Liberation of Africa.”
Celebrations are scheduled at Camp Kigali, organized by the Pan African Movement – Rwanda chapter (PAM-Rwanda).
Over 1000 guests have been invited to the event including staunch Pan African speakers; Dr. Frederick Golooba-Mutebi a Political Scientist and Senior Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda and Kenya’s Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba.
According the Protais Musoni, the chairman of PAM-Rwanda chapter, “African Liberation Day provides space for reflections on our past achievements as Africans and Rwandans and rededicates ourselves to the enduring Pan African vision.”
Musoni said the vision is based on African Union Agenda of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
The African Liberation Day will be celebrated in two parts. The first part will begin at 2Pm and will feature Media, Art and culture exhibition at Camp Kigali.
During this session, a panel discussion is scheduled with a theme; “The Africa we want today.”
Discussants will endeavor to identify challenges and possible solutions while analyzing principles behind successful home-grown solutions in Rwanda but making suggestions that can have a general application or of particular local application only.
On the same day, part two of the celebrations will begin at 6pm at the Kigali Car Free Zone. This part is an African Cultural evening comprising only of different types of African food, Music and Dance.
At continental level, celebrations will be held under the theme; ‘Harnessing Demographic Dividend through investment in African youth.’