African organizations in Ile – Iere – Republic Trinidad & Tobago got together at the Secretariat of Emancipation Support Committee to discus and plan areas and activities in which they can collaborate and cooperate as Africans in Republic Trinidad & Tobago initiate activities to coincide with United Nations decision to proclaim gregorian calendar year 2011 : ” International Year for People of African Descent ”
Organizations present affirmed that they should utilise this proclamation affirmatively and create opportunities to educate our general public on African issues current and historical and take concrete action during this year to begin projects of a long term nature that would have some degree of permanence in our social landscape.
The delegates present prepared for tomorrow morning’s launch of International Year for People of African Descent at Trinidad Hilton Hotel
Delegates at today’s meeting looked briefly at several issues that needs to be focused on by all organizations representing our interests in this year. Links were made to the repair , rebuilding and restructing of Haitian society in a manner that is dignifying of the people of HAITI, minus the current disrespect of African Traditional Religion and culture, particularly Vaudun.
The meeting also considered the promotion of Trade Missions from the African Continent that have been visiting and are currently visiting Republic TRINIDAD & TOBAGO , especially as evidence of the ability of Africans locally and internationally to be successful entrepreneurs.
During the course of the deliberations respect were paid to the First Nation Peoples in our midst for their generosity and hospitality to all other inhabitants of Trinidad & Tobago.
Respect was also paid to the Dangbe Comme – Rada Community of Belmont on the passing of one of their senior priestess – Agba Gloria Baptiste. The meeting wished the community continued strength and continuity and hoped that during this year some tangible and real action would be taken to honour Daaga who led the St. Joseph Rebellion.
Currently all the organizations are planning events and it was hoped that PANAFEST and Fiesta del Caribe would feature as Festivals that our government will ensure that the African presence and community here is well represented.
The organizations present represented African Traditional Religion, Tertiary Educational interests and CULTURE/ARTS.
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