Malawians in Ireland gear up for Africa Day fest

By: Alexious Mloza 
While living in diaspora, many tend to lose touch with their origins, culture, traditions and some of those born in diaspora, have less knowledge of their ethnic background or descent; but this is not the case with members of the Malawian community in Ireland. Malawians in Ireland, will join their fellow Africans from various African countries, by taking part in Africa Day 2015 – Dublin celebrations, showcasing the diversity of African culture, traditions and unity.
Beni Dancers at Africa Day-Dublin in 2014

A statement released by the Association of , reads; the Malawian community will this year take part through cultural and fun activities we have lined up. ‘’We will have Bawo, fun games such as Jingo, Fulaye ,traditional Nyau dance and games such as Bawo,Jingo, Fulaye, Fishi-Fishi, Malawian Music artists, Fashion Show and Malawian Art and Craft will be on display’’.

The AMAI committee is urging the entire Malawian community in Ireland to patronise the Africa Day event as this will help in promoting integration and foster relationships between the Malawian community and nationals of other countries through cultural and knowledge exchange.

 ‘’Participating in the Africa Day celebrations helps Malawian community to come together with other African nationals and share our common African heritage and cultures. This is also an opportunity to have fun and show the world that there is more to Africa, especially what Malawi has.’’ reads part of the statement.

The Chairperson of AMAI urged all those who are available to participate in any form on the forthcoming Africa Day, to come forward and register their interest.

 ‘’Let us all come and show the world why Malawi is fondly called the Warm Heart of Africa.’’ Those who want to take part in various activities, should contact the Chairperson on 353 89952 3185 or the Secretary on 353 89418 1565.

 A press release by the Africa Day celebrations organisers says: ‘’Activities for Africa Day celebrations will start from 11am on Sunday, 24th May 2015 in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate – Phoenix Park, Dublin. The event is family-focused and free.

There will be three stages of live music, an art and photograph exhibition area, and an African bazaar, full of the sights and sounds of Africa. There will be food on sale, drumming, dances and traditional fashion designs.

The main stage will feature a stunning line up of performers from around the world. Other stages will showcase community groups and development NGOs.

 Other activities will include performances by up and coming artists, singer-songwriters, and spoken word.’’

Africa Day is an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, liberation from the colonial powers and the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now known as African Union, founded on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Celebrated on this day is also the African diversity and success, as well as highlighting the cultural and economic potential that exists on the continent of Africa.

In some African states, namely Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe the day is observed as a national holiday, while in diverse multi-cultural cities such as New York, London, Melbourne, Moscow and Washington, cultural events, political and social leaders’ speeches, organised by Africans in the diaspora, are held.

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