Former President of the Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO), former Deputy Minister of Education and former Minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena, will be part of the Africa Week celebrations from 25 to 29 May.
An exciting line-up is planned for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Africa Week celebrations kicking off on Africa Day on Monday, 25 May 2015 with a debate on “NMMU as a dynamic African University: what do we mean by this?” at the South Campus Auditorium at 18:00.
The panelists for this event are Journalism, Media and Philosophy’s Prof Simphiwe Sesanti and Political Science’s Prof Joleen Steyn-Kotze, along with postgraduate sociology student Dominique Rala Rala and 2014 ANN7 Young South African of the Year nominee Samantha Beynon.
This will be followed by a Mauritian Cultural and Food Day on 26 May at 11am at the Rendezvous Campus Café and another debate on Xenophobia/Afrophobia: how to prevent it at the South Campus Council Chambers at noon.
Later, on 26 May, Mangena’s book Triumphs and heartaches: a courageous journey by South African Patriots will be launched at the NMMU Missionvale Campus Conference Centre. The event starts at 17:30.
Other activities include an exhibition titled Factor X Discourse at the Noko Gallery in Russell Road, Central, from 27 May at 17:00. The exhibition will run until 27 June 2015. Factor X Discourse will provide critical insight into a multi-faceted visual art media and medium across platforms by artists in Africa. The exhibition will allow communities to interact with works from a diverse stable of Africa’s sensibilities and address xenophobia, racism, exclusion and acceptance within African communities.
A Nigerian food stall hosted by the Nigerian students will be running from 11:00 to 13:00 at the Rendezvous Café on the South Campus.
The week-long celebrations will be end with dance drama and poetry titled “Infecting the campus” on Friday, 29 May at noon outside the NMMU South Campus library.
· Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). 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. However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity.
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