FetAfrik 2018 puts African culture in the spotlight

FetAfrik 2018 puts African culture in the spotlight

African culture, arts, music and fashion as a tribute to what Africa has provided to the world were showcased yesterday to mark Africa Day.

The event, which coincided with the launch of FetAfrik, took place at the International Conference Centre (ICCS) under the theme ‘Winning the fight against Corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation’.

Schools along with other individuals were present to showcase African culture at yesterday’s spectacle which consisted of a mixture of poems, performances and art.

Among the audience were Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon, who is also responsible for culture; Speaker of the National Assembly Nicholas Prea;  French Ambassador Lionel Majeste Larrouy; Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Seychelles Jennifer Sullivan; Secretary of State (for poverty alleviation) Dick Esparon; elected member of the National Assembly for Port Glaud Egbert Aglae; chief executive (CEO) of the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation Berard Dupres; CEO of the Creative Industries and National Events Agency (Cinea) Galen Bresson; as well as students from both primary and secondary schools from around Seychelles.

The ceremony kicked off with a poem entitled ‘Sesel mon zil krepi’ by Stephanie Joubert, a member of Bling Bling poetry association.

This was followed by a performance by the International School of Seychelles’ choir.

The ‘Lavann’ group from Beau Vallon gave a performance of African style dancing, fully equipped with the clothing and body paint which is famously worn according to African culture and traditions.

In his opening address, Mr Bresson said that Africa Day or better known in Seychelles as FetAfrik is an opportunity for us as a nation to reflect and celebrate our African heritage.

“Too often the media portrays mostly the doom and gloom of African countries, but if they were to look deeper one would see that Africa, though we may not accept it, was the cradle of civilisation once upon a time. I take this opportunity to call upon every Seychellois to be proud of who we are,” said Mr Bresson, who also thanked all the people who formed part of the activity.

Elia Damassy, who is also a member of Bling Bling Poetry recited the second poem of the event entitled ‘Machine a Fric’, speaking out on both the downfall and uprising of Africa.

As the performances ended, the audience had a chance to view an exhibition showcasing African culture while being entertained by performances from Kershia accompanied by the Mozaik Band.

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Author: Alain St.Ange

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.

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