By Sulayman Waan
Fulbe Africa Organization (FA), an international cultural organization will celebrate its 10th International Cultural Festival dubbed the 10th Anniversary of Fulbe Africa on the 25-26th of December 2022 at Q-city.
In a statement shared with this medium, Musa Baldeh, director of communication for FA said: “The annual event is geared towards uniting the Fulbe people all over Africa as well as to celebrate the rich culture and tradition of the people.”
He added: “Since its establishment, the organization has been involved in a series of activities geared toward preserving the rich culture of its people and has held a cultural festival annually which attracts people from different parts of Africa and the diaspora. Our recent event in Farafenni has attracted over 4000 people from Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other countries in the sub-region.”
According to Mr. Baldeh, this year’s event will be celebrated in two ways. “The first day which is the conference slated on 25th of December is expected to gather key actors in the promotion of peace and security in the sub-region, civil society organizations, representatives of governments, international organizations, cultural organizations, and representatives of various ethnic groups in Africa to discuss the challenges with regards to peace and security, and to proffer solutions to the problems for our common good.”
He said the conference will feature panel discussions focusing on the thematic areas of the anniversary, adding experts will be identified as panellists to engage the audience on how to ensure peaceful coexistence between different ethnic groups in Africa.
“The second day will be a cultural night that will be dedicated to showcasing the rich Fulbe culture for the preservation, development, and promotion of our common heritage, raising awareness of harmful traditional and cultural practices and beliefs and advocating for the education of young people, especially the girl child,” he affirmed.
He further said the cultural evening, which is expected to attract over 10, 000 people will be held in the form of drama, poetry, dances, and musical performances while conveying useful and meaningful messages to the audience.
“The performances for the second night will be based on the following thematic areas: promotion of Cultural heritage; climate Change; harmful Cultural practices; Girl Child Education and discouraging Child marriage And Peace and Security,” he noted.
He further informed that the key guest artists for this year’s event are the revered Fulbe musician Alhagie Baaba Maal of the Daande Lenyol Band from Senegal, and Alphadio Dara, a Guinean artist.