|African Leaders present|
The meeting which was organized by The Danish Cultural Institute in collaboration with Celebrate Africa aimed at implementing a new concept launched by the Danish Cultural Institute in October 16th 2012 in Copenhagen. This concept won the name Africa Denmark Rally (ADR).
Africa Denmark Rally is designed to create a strong foundation for partnership through culture between the African Countries and Denmark. The process at the time of creation had one founding member and project initiator Aziz Fall from Senegal who believed in the concept of "Charity begins at Home" took his lovely country Senegal on the boat but since his love for Africa was supreme, decided to bring other African leaders on board.
|Aziz Fall from Senegal|
Aziz Fall, Finn Andersen of the Danish Cultural Institute.
|Finn Andersen & Syriaque Thomsen|
|Aziz Fall on ADR|
|Aziz Fall & African leaders|
|Jesper Boysen & Shey Tatah|
After Boysen's presentation, the delegates took the floor to express their interests and from the interventions the lone and powerful lady Joy Okoye was worried about the presentation of African culture only exhibited in dance and music. This set the pace for many like Kewong Isaac who could not see the link between culture and the ADR concept as he apologized for his ignorance in the whole understanding. Aziz on his part thought it was a great and brilliant remark which gave him room to express the need for a more indepth understanding.
Hassan Lasineh dyfan from Sierra Leone expessed his dissatisfaction over African intellectuals in Denmark who have failed the African community by not coming out with the knowledge learnt to regroup the Africans and to re-sent a positive and brighter view of Africa. he regretted that African intellectuals after studying go back home or stay in their holes thinking only about themselves. This gave a motion of support to bring them out of their shelves.
|Ahmed, Joy, Jalloh, Hassan|
Tevi Lawsen from Togo, Peter Ntende,Peace Kabushenga both from Uganda, Ahmed Dhaqane from Somalia, Lassina Badolo from Burkina Fasso, Kinga Charles from kenya, Anil Prince Nanji from Tanzania all gave very positive and constructive contributions, though approached from different angles, Adika Henry from cameroon and Syriaque Thomsen summarized them as "same palm wine different containers".
|Adika & Arsenne|
The last intervention came from Arsenne Bankambona from Burundi who despite having a different view from what he expected found some aspects lagging, the general consensus was to start by building an African diaspora platform proposed by Shey Tatah Sevidzem as the premise to a more reliable and sustainable network.
This was unanimously accepted by all including the hosts who gave their premises for the start of such initiative. They admitted their openess to any constructive ideas that could help achieve the aims of the project. The delegates shall be meeting on monday the 12th of August at 6pm same place and Syriaque Thomsem has been charged with the moderation.
The event ended at 7.50 pm with hope for a more fruitful discovery on monday. Other African experts and leaders were encouraged to partake.
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