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4,000 people attend Africa Day themed Open Sunday

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Humana People to People commemorated a belated Africa Day on 26th of May through an Open Sunday. The occasion saw about 4,000 people from Shamva and Bindura districts coming to Murgwi Farm and Community Centre as they celebrated the significance of the day to Africa. Peace building, stability and development was the key message.

May 25 2019 marked 56 years since Africa Day was conceived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union, in 1963. The OAU's original mission was to bring freedom to African countries that were still under colonial rule in the 60s, defend their sovereignty, uphold human rights and restore the dignity of the African people.

 

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Nowadays, Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans - but what does it mean in a modern age? It means promoting peace, harmony and cultural diversity as it means pursing shared continental economic development. There still remain various social and economic challenges which Africa faces from climate induced natural disasters, fighting major diseases to building capacity of small-scale farmers, fighting inequalities among others.

Humana People to People has for years been engaged with development work in Angola, Botswana, Congo D.R., Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At its Humana People to People headquarters in Shamva, Zimbabwe a monthly interactive occasion called Open Sunday has for a long time been used to reach out to thousands of people to educate them about development.

Thus, in celebrating Africa Day people came to Murgwi Farm and Community Centre and were informed about the importance of peace, stability and development. Several exhibitions showcased various development initiatives being done by Humana People to People, government departments, local stakeholders and private companies.

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The guest speaker was the District Administrator for Shamva, Mr. Nkoma. His message emphasized the importance of peace building, maintaining political stability and promotion of development in Africa. He said, “We must also sustain the understanding that our own progress and prosperity is dependent on the progress and prosperity of our neighbours and other African countries. This means that we must remain firm in our commitment to work hard to achieve the goal of the renewal of our continent, understanding that again in this instance, an injury to one is an injury to all.”

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The District Administrator in his speech pledged for the upholding of the renewal of Africa so it does not fail on its promise. “We also join other Africans to renew our pledge to work together for the rebirth and renewal of the African continent and the advancement of Africans wherever they may be,” he said.

Aleck Macheso, a popular musician who sings “sungura music” entertained the bumper crowd some of whom walked 10 kilometres to grace the event. The entertainment is a key part of each Open Sunday, which has become an integral component of Murgwi Farm and Community Centre’s community education, relationship building and development inspiration.