This is Africa’s time! The eyes of the world are focused on our continent. If the 21st century is to belong to the African continent, we need a reawakening of pride and ownership in our unique and vibrant identity as Africans. This rebirth should start with the youth – our future.
As we celebrate this month our aim should always be to strengthen the framework of African solidarity. The ties that bind us span country borders and unite our brothers and sisters into a global African community. Freedom Park is synonymous with reconciliation – with the coming together and strengthening of the ties that bind us. This month will mark another step on the route to reconciliation amongst our fellow African countries. If we are to realise the ideals of Pan-Africanism, we must explore and embrace our shared roots.
As an international icon of humanity and freedom, the message of Freedom Park is one that speaks directly to all the people of Africa. Our culture, history and heritage have been obscured for too long. As all eyes focus on the African continent, it is our duty to showcase our proud identity as a united people.
The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa will launch Africa Month on Thursday, 3 May 2018 at Freedom Park. We are expecting approximately 400 guests to attend.