Radikal Xpression, Media Cahubone & Journey Through The Mind present Afrika Day Festival as part of the umbrella project, (RE)DEFINING AFRIKANISM.
(RE) DEFINING AFRIKANISM includes the Whizz ICT Center, Friendz of the Library, Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement, Tutoring Program, Sophumelela Theatre Group, The Underground Disciple – Page, Poetics “Music Not For The Sake Of It”, Bolo’bolo – anarchist infoshop and vegan café, Arts Cape Resource Center, Ikhaya Garden & various artists and community developers. These orgamisations have partnered to formulate a gig guide of events that will occur in the month of May, seeking to redefine Afrikanism.
Frantz Fanon spoke about grassroots liberation of Third World Countries when he said “come, brothers, we have far too much work to do for us to play the game of rear guard. Europe has done what she set to do and on the whole, she has done it well; let us stop blaming her but let us say to her firmly that she should not make such a song and dance about it. We have no more to fear; let us stop envying her.”
He continued, “So comrades, let us not pay tribute to Europe by creating states, institutions and societies which draw inspiration from her… If we want to turn Africa into a new Europe, and America into a new Europe, then let us leave the destiny of our countries to Europeans. They will know how
to do it better than the most gifted among us.”
Basically, in Afrikan Consciousness, previously colonized countries must find themselves; speak to themselves through their own voices. Thus, in this project, we look at art as a tool for personal, social and economic development and between these three, none is more important than the other, we believe in the power of all of them.
On this day, we will ponder deep into the idea of Afrikanism, looking back, now and forward. The themes that will be touched on include Precolonial Africa, Africa and its Diaspora, the African Union, the status of women in indigenous and contemporary African cultures & towards an Afrikan economy. We also wish to have an honorary segment, looking at African heroes such as Dr Gordon Mtutuzeli Siboto (whose son, Linda Siboto will be present to make a speech about his father’s belief in how black communities needed to be uplifted through activism & education), Hamilton Naki & Steve Biko.
Furthermore, from the sandy soil of Khayelitsha (a twonship in Cape Town) emerged Espinaca, a business headed by Lufefe (young entrepreneur) who makes spinach bread, the first of its kind, and who says, “we cannot run away from the fact that we have no land, that the land we have is not fertile and that the violent explosions that occurred in black townships during apartheid also damaged the soil, but I also would like to share my spinach growing and soinach bread making business in this idea of redefining Afrikanism. Nutrition is crucial.”
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Attend Afrika is Me event on 10 May at Bolo ‘bolo Info shop at 4pm (our build0up event)
Tickets sold at the door for R50