Chiemelie Ezeobi studies that past the just lately held symposium in Ife, Osun State to deal with afro-phobia, it supplied ample alternative to savour tradition and historical past at its finest on the cradle of civilisation
Ife, popularly generally known as Ile Ife is a metropolis in Osun State the place the Yoruba imagine their civilisation started in addition to the situation the place the gods descended to earth. Loosely translated to imply ‘place of dispersion’, Ife is also known as ‘Cradle of Civilisation’
Although an historic city, it has obtained appreciable consideration attributable to its quite a few points of interest, particularly these linked to the roots, tradition and traditions.
Lately, the traditional city performed host to the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) as they held a symposium to handle the segregation between Black and African peoples.
Tagged Black And African Peoples, Resurgent Racism and the Challenges of Improvement within the twenty first Century: Afro-phobia and the Dynamics of Race Relations, the symposium was held on the Ife Grand Resort and Leisure.
Based on CBAAC Director Basic, Hon. Oluwabunmi Ayobami Amao, CBAAC, as a foremost Pan African Company for cultural advocacy, organised the symposium to supply a platform the place points that have an effect on Black and African peoples and their challenges to growth, with explicit reference to the contentious problems with Afro-Phobia.
Amao additional confused that till black injustice in opposition to fellow blacks can be addressed, the battle in opposition to racial abuse by Africans and peoples of African descent is not going to yield any outcomes.
A Lesson in Historical past
When CBAAC was established, it was on the premise that it could protect, promote and propagate African heritage and tradition.
Due to this fact, for CBAAC, it was pertinent to debate problems with xenophobia, tribalism, nepotism and extra just lately clan in opposition to clan given that focus has been solely targeted on racism (white on black discrimination). And the place higher to debate this than on the root and cradle of civilisation?
Additionally, who higher to show on these than the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Ogunwusi, who shared his wealthy repertoire of information of historical past, tradition and custom with these current.
Stressing that Africans are typically very sturdy, the Ooni puzzled what has gone incorrect with the black man and the African continent typically.
He stated, “Right here we’re nonetheless inside the traumatic after results of slave commerce. When these accountable for the plantations within the industrial nations found that Asians or European had been too weak bodily to work within the plantations, they regarded in the direction of Africa.
“Now, all different continents have since recovered and have moved on, however Africa nonetheless recounts her losses and but refuses to maneuver on. I’m proud to be an African, a black man. It’s the finest color on the earth.
“Go searching you, all of the sturdy sports activities on the Olympics, for example, it’s Africans that dominate. However we have now to do extra to maneuver out of perpetual poverty and financial stagnation.”
Reiterating how thrilled he was with the symposium and the subject, the Ooni described the standard of the programme as out of the world because it will get him emotional.
Commending the CBAAC DG for her relentless drive in sensitising the general public on the social and cultural points that have an effect on the black race, the Ooni stated she must be applauded.
He stated: “The DG is doing properly. I needed to cancel my different programmes for this one. It is a compact, high quality gathering and the subject of debate is related in our trendy occasions.
We Africans appear to be the guinea pig of the world. Nonetheless, programme of this nature may help to place a cease to such a scenario.”
Including extra flavour to the occasion, Filudara, the speaking drummer and the Island Theatre Villa, engaged the visitors. Additionally, between the panel discussions and goodwill messages, the visitors had been additionally entertained by the Grasp of Ceremony Spirit of SACO, whereas the Segun Johnson band thrilled them with melodious tunes.