Mandela’s centenary celebration gathers steam in Ghana

Remembering Nelson Mandela. Photo : CTC

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Ghana’s weeklong session of the commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebration is gathering steam and will end in Accra on 20 October 2018, sources said Wednesday.

The event is being held under the theme “Nelson Mandela Centenary –Be the Legacy”.

Several performances are being showcased including music, dance, fashion and design, exhibition, craft, mural and other cultural expressions.

A statement by the South African government said the event was also part of efforts to promote regional integration and to support efforts towards the expansion of trade of Africa’s cultural goods and services.

Further to that, the event was also aimed at promoting regional integration, strengthening cultural and people-to-people relations, the sources said.

South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Culture, Ms Maggie Makhotso Sotyu said the event also laid the foundation for expanded trade and the promotion of cultural diplomacy as part of South Africa’s broader socio-economic agenda.

Ms Sotyu is leading a delegation of South African artists which include Berita, Chef Citron Khumalo, Zwai Bala, Mafikizolo, Mbuso Khoza, Brenda Mtambo among many others.

“It is to deepen the process of Africanism through culture,” she said, adding that it would be a week of fun and education.

Sources said plans were already underway to have a Ghana week in South Africa.

© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)