As May 25th marked the Africa Day – a day set aside by the African Union(AU) to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union, the planning committee of The AU Arts Festival has saluted African Leaders.
According to the Committee, since this year’s Africa Day celebrated under the theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, thus our leaders should be relentless in the fight against corruption.
In a release copied to livefmghana.com, the planning committee stated that “As we celebrate African Unity today, we have to remember the sacrifices of our forebears and work together to find solutions to the myriad of problems confronting our continent”
“The vision of our forefathers was ensuring that the continent will grow to have one strong voice, politically, economically and socially but these have eluded us because of bad governance and corruption. As we are all aware, the bane of Africa’s development is corruption. As we commemorate the sacrifices of our forebears, let us be mindful of the threat of corruption to our development.”
The committee further noted that as Africans we can only achieve economic freedom and improve the livelihood of our people if resources earmarked for projects are put to its use without any diversion.
“We want to also commend bodies such as the ECOWAS, and the United Nations for the roles they have played in working to stall conflicts which have improved the stability rate in Africa. We say ayekoo!!” They added.
Touching on the upcoming AU Arts Festival, the committee said beginning this year, the AU Arts Foundation will use the creative arts to empower the youth for accelerated development. They believe that arts and culture are appropriate mechanisms to integrate our youth in all facets of our national development.
About AU Arts Festival
The maiden AU Arts Festival comes off from Friday June 1, to Sunday June 3, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra.
The event is happening under the theme, ‘Leadership; Africa through arts, celebrating President John Agyekum Kufour, 2nd President of the 4th Republic.’
The festival is Organized by Malaika Media Network, OK Communications and the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, the event would be used to raise funds in support of the Kufour Center for Leadership and Governance.
By: Ramson Hayford/livefmghana.com/Ghana/91.9FM/