By McPhilips NWACHUKWU
Last week, the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation , CBAAC in collaboration with the Nigerian High Commission in Namibia; Pan-African Strategic and Policy Research Group (PANAFSTRAG) Lagos, Nigeria; Pan-African Centre of Namibia (PACON) Windhoek, Namibia and the National Youth Council of Namibia hosted a three day International Workshop on theme; “Sustaining the New Wave of Pan-Africanism – Youths Shaping Global Africa’s Development in 21st Century” at the University of Namibia.
The Workshop was convened in recognition of the fact that the full realisation of the laudable goals and vision of Pan-Africanism lies with the future generations of global Africans in being resolute in overcoming the present challenges of globalization faced by Africans particularly within the context of identity, values, norms and ideas. The Workshop was also a prelude to, and geared towards giving meaning to the celebration of the International Year of the People of African Descent slated for 2011.
The gender balanced Workshop brought together some 45 persons, drawn from the global African Youths, Youth leaders and Youth workers. Amongst the objective of the workshop are: to focus the future generations of Pan-Africanists on the outcomes of the previous Pan-African Congresses/Conferences held from 1900 to 1994; to discuss ways and means of implementing these resolutions and to make recommendations with respect to the role and responsibilities of future generations.
Speaking at the event, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia H.E. Adegboyega C.Ariyo, while lauding the vision of pan Africanism as being propagated by the organisers also noted that, “ There are not so many countries in Africa , where you would witness the type of workshop we are opening here this evening.
“ Namibia, or South West Africa’s experience with pan Africanism was by all account thorough than in many other parts of Southern Africa including South Africa.
“ Word has it that the genocide which took place here attracted the attention of Marcus Garvey and the United Negro Improvement Association(UNIA).
“The ramification of this is that in Namibia, Pan Africanism receives a responsive ear. Such is not the case in many of our countries.”
The Founding President of Namibia, and Patron of PACON, HE, Dr. Sam Nujoma gave the Keynote Address and declared the Workshop opened at the Safari Hotel, Windhoek Namibia on the 6th of December, 2010. Other dignitaries at the Workshop include: Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi MP, SWAPO Party Chief Whip, National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Namibia; Dr Mongane Wally Serote, National Heritage of South Africa; Mrs Angela Martins, Representative of AU Commissioner; Mrs Maureen Hinda, Vice-President, PACON; Dr. Tapera O. Chirawu, Policy Matrix and Development, Namibia; Ms Ndahafa Kaukungua, National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia; Francine Muyumba, SRC President, University of Namibia; Bankie Foster Bankie, Secretary and Member of International Relations Sub-Committee, National Youth Council of Namibia; among others.
The Workshop attracted delegates from Nigeria, Namibia, Mauritania, Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Eritre a, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and the USA.