Happy Africa Day!

The Spirit of Pan-Africanism

According to Hakim Adi in his book Pan-Africanism: A history

Pan – Africanism is an ideology and movement that encouraged the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social and political progress and aims to ‘unify and uplift’ people of African descent. The ideology asserts that the fates of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core. Pan-Africanism is ‘a belief that African people both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny’.

Often the argument is put forth that Pan-Africanism is an ideology that is useful only in its fight against colonialism and enslavement. Hence, in the supposed end of these phenomena this ideology has lost its sense and purpose.

As Africans and friends of Africa we, unfortunately, know that the end of these atrocities is still being delayed as the gears of white supremacy keep churning at the expense of black, brown and indigenous labouring bodies. Hence, on a day like today when we celebrate the achievements of African resistance movements we are reflecting on an ideology that was a driving force for independence and freedom movements across the continent and continues to contest oppression today. We believe Pan-Africanism is still useful and in fact needed in our fights against neo-colonialism and other forms of oppression.

In Solidarity with Palestine

A pressing issue for us today is the illegal settler colonialism of Zionists in the homes of Palestinians which looks all too familiar to us as Africans. The spirit of Pan-Africanism does not allow us to remain silent in this situation as we see a repeating of atrocities on our Palestinians siblings that our ancestors experienced. We therefore ask you to join us for our event in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.

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Despite the heaviness of the time we are still here and we wish you all a happy Africa day! For those who do not know, Africa day commemorates the founding of the anti-colonial and pan-Africanist Africa Unity Organization, now known as the African Union, on May 25th, 1963. We believe that in the coming together that is facilitated by the Africa Center that connects us all in a digital and physical space in Hong Kong, we continue to live with the spirit of Pan-Africanism. This is worth celebrating for us. Come and join us in this celebration this weekend at our Africa Weekend 2021.

Africa Weekend 2021

Reading Corner

Our next African Literature Book Club is on the book The Groundings with my Brothers by Walter Rodney. A fitting book to think of the spirit of Pan-Africanism. In the book Rodney talks of his admiration for the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica and how their existence and joy is a form of unbelievable resistance to him. For us these Rastafarians who were fighting against the legacies of colonialism on every aspect of their lives shows us once again how we, children of Africa, are united in our struggles and destinies.

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Creatives Corner

For the music lovers, the song Different by Burna Boy feat. Damian Marley and Angelique Kidjo may be something to give you the energy to express your individuality

The movie Judas and the Black Messiah starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield that looks into the history and struggle of the Black Panther Party is a must watch in the celebration of Black Power.

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