Fulfilling its inaugural promise, the continental committee saddled with the responsibility of presenting an African cultural event per-excellence for the “Cultural Carnival Festival – Eswatini 2022″ has launched a proposed beautiful theme called ” Intercultural Festival of Africa” which succinctly described the actual activities expected in the Kingdom by September next year where about twenty five African cultural troupes and officials totalling two thousand five hundred in number will converge on the enchanting Eswatini kingdom to engage the continent and dazzle the world culturally.

This feat was achieved at the committee’s usual zoom meeting which took place on the 2nd July, 2021 between 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Making her opening remarks, Mrs. Anita Okuribido, the Vice Chairman of the committee tasked members to ensure they deliver nothing but their best as the expections from the world has been on the highside.

“Distinguished ATB Chairman and my indefatigable colleagues, as African leaderships, let us firm up our action plan to write the first history and be a milestone to the 1st African Intercultural Festival which will continue to be rotated in each African Sub Region.
We are more than ready to put our Africa forward as a beacon of Peace & Unity. We need to harmonise our efforts and show the world the African potentials and well endowed blessings.
I would like us as we convene during this meeting to digest the updates that have been done to the Eswatini concept note and the budget developed so far. I believe this will help us move forward in our Action Plan.
We need to urgently launch the project with the most appropriate theme, during this meeting and start to work on the resource mobilisation with all our Committees and Sub committees Lead well Identified.
I wish us all a very useful deliberation”.

On his part, Mr. Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman African Tourism Board, representing Hon. Moses Vilakati, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Kingdom of Eswatini wished the minister was present but he promptly expressed his appreciation at the untiring efforts of the committee members with an assurance that the decision would be well delivered to the Hon. Minister Vilakati.

Members of the committee include Mr. Cuthbert Ncube South -Africa, Mr. Emmanuel Frimpong -Ghana, Mr. Joseph Grah -Cote D’ivoire, Mr. Faouzou Deme -Sénégal, Chief Amb. Joyce Adewumi -USA.

Others are Angela Adekumbi -USA, Mrs.Hiwotie Anberbir-Ethiopia , Mrs. Mariam Lesian-Tanzania , Mr. Stanley Dlamini -Eswatini and Kazeem Balogun – Nigeria.

It is interesting to know that the committee has been working with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in the Kingdom to actualise this noble project for the continent of Africa which hopes to leave behind a great legacy.

The African Tourism Board as well as UNESCO are partnering with the Kingdom of Eswatini on this great initiative which is the brain-child of Hon. Minister Moses Vilakati.

You will recall that ATB moved its headquarters to the Kingdom recently where the organisation hopes to collaborate more on a larger scale with other progressive partners across Africa and beyond for a better service delivery of tourism post Covid-19.

Also interesting is the fact that the recent unrest in the Kingdom has been rested and the situation has returned back to normalcy under King Mwasti III.

By Kazeem Balogun

Kazeem Balogun is the Managing Editor of Kalo Africa News.

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