AFRICA cannot build a prosperous future without acknowledging the past efforts.
On May 25, the continent celebrated Africa Freedom Day under the theme: The Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.
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The African Union is celebrating the year of arts and culture and has adopted the theme in a bid to establish a prosperous future.
The Pan-African movement has seen its fair share of setbacks over the past 60 years, but we now havean opportunity to work together to ensure economic development.
Zambia is fortunate to still have the wisdom of its founding father to help remind the nation of where we have coe and the principles by which society should live.
In a nod to to the founding fathers, the African Union honoured former President Kenneth Kaunda with a special award for the role he played and the immense contributions he made to the liberation of Africa and its people.
According First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Ethopia, Inutu Mwanza, this was done during a virtual event held to celebrate Africa Day and mark the official launch of the entry Into force of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance.
The Charter is a tool that was developed and has been adopted by member states to promote Pan-Africanism, cultural renewal and identity as well as strengthen national policies and other cultural instruments.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Emmanuel Mwamba thanked the AU for recogniding Dr. Kaunda.
Amb Mwamba said Dr. Kaunda was the only surviving leader amongst those that attended the meeting to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the fore-runner to the AU.
He said the people of Zambia were proud of the immense sacrifice their leaders led by Dr. Kaunda, made for the liberation of Africa, for it went to benefit the good cause of Africa.
Dr Kaunda, recently turned 97 and continues to preach peace, harmony and progress.
Zambia with its One Zambia, One Nation motto is meant to solidify patriotism and the drive to build the nation.
“The Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want” theme is meant to promote the goal on African Union Agenda 2063, which seeks to make an Africa that has maintained a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics.
Africa must honour its freedom fighters and our ancestors by promoting our own unique identities and harnesing our resources to build a prosperous future.
We must celebrate the best of ourselves and remain resolved to work together for a prosperous future.