World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture

Young people from Burkina high school in Adamawa have shown readiness to support government in promoting African cultures even in times of Covid 19.

Despite the existence of the pandemic, Culture should play its cathartic role, said a stakeholder. Culture according to the youths, mends broken hearts. However, the effects of the pandemic have not spared this sector.

The celebration of the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture 2022 edition, gave Burkina high school students the opportunity to reaffirm their availability to support the governments of the republic to promote African culture even in times of covid19. 

Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), people of Africa are characterized by the richness and diversity of their cultures. 

These cultures of Africa and the diaspora have woven through centuries,  and the continents have unique ways of thinking and feeling, experiencing and saying or demonstrating their culture.

This rich heritage has never ceased to be revisited, reinvented and reinterpreted in establishments, it goes far as making one to discover itself.

As the world celebrates the 2022 edition of the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture, the cultural sector is going through immense "difficulties linked to the pandemic" and the deep crisis in which the sector has fallen. 

A situation that has had huge consequences on economic development.

"Building differently and better. Be aware that youths are the future of the nation. It is then more than necessary for them to help the cultural sector to overcome the challenges", Aissatou Ahmira, Student at the high school in Burkina-Adamawa region.

"To rebuild as relays of the current generation differently and better, we will need the inspirational force of culture", she specifies, who explains that " the promotion of cultures African and Afro-descendant is all the more essential as the global crisis has exacerbated all the tensions in our societies".

This new edition of the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture is an opportunity to honor and highlight different cultures, in their diversity, as in their topicality. 

January 24 was designated by UNESCO as World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture during the 40th session of its General Conference in 2019. 

This date was not chosen at random. It coincides with the adoption of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Through the celebration of this day, UNESCO intends to encourage African States to promote the widest possible ratification and implementation of this Charter. The objective is to strengthen the role of culture in promoting peace on the continent.

African states must prevent the health crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic from putting the continent's rich culture at risk. A situation that could only exacerbate the ills of the continent.

 By Katakap Heritier

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