With just a few days to the celebration of Africa Day on Saturday, preparations are in high gear as Uganda joins the rest of the continent to mark the auspicious Day with several interesting activities lined up on the menu to share on the special occasion.
Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the day the OAU was founded in 1963. On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union.
To make it a memorable day, Pan-African Women Association (PAWO), alongside Capital Kitchen and MediaAge will be making it appoint to make the celebrations a fun-filled event that will take place at Capital Kitchen on Kampala Road.
It will be a celebration of African heritage for Africa by Africans where culinary exploration in form of a variety of delicious cuisines from across the continent will be one of the attractions besides a live music showcase by a local band.
The day’s activities which will start with a red carpet affair at 6pm will then wind down with a screening of an African movie; courtesy of Africa Movie Night Kampala (AMNK).
While speaking to Journalists at a press briefing yesterday morning Grace Kabayo Executive Secretary of PAWO said, “We are celebrating this because of Africa’s rich wealth, most times all the talk is about poverty, disease and famine, yet there is so much to celebrate, that is what we are going to be doing”
Her message to Ugandans; “Be proud of who you are and appreciate yourself before you appreciate others…”
The hosts of the event Capital Kitchen also announced that for the first time they will be making a 50 meter buffet that will comprise of the best dishes from every African Country.
Mose Serugo the curator of African Movie Night Kampala says they are ready to showcase some of the most decorated African movies at the climax of the event. This according to him is “because there has been an onslaught of Western movies in the country and Africans have never told their own stories properly and those who have, are always suppressed and never get to share properly”
So this will be a celebration of African cinema.
The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Call for a true African integration and empowerment’. And the organisers expect to have it annually with monthly engagements and updates.
The dress code for the evening’s proceedings will be formal dress code with a touch of African. Entry is Shs. 50,000/- for the youth, Shs. 100,000/- for corporates and a table is for Shs.1 million.