AFRICAN HISTORY MONTH

African History Month as commemorated and celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago is an effort by Trinbagonians of African origin and heritage to record and document the contributions of Africans to World History and to Caribbean and Trinidad & Tobago History.

There were several persons who contributed to the establishment of this observance and celebration of our contributions to World and Regional History and development.

Among some of the pioneering contributors to this commemoration were Vernon Guichard and Grafton La Borde of Club L’Ouverture.

Club L’Ouverture observed and promoted Back History Week. Several other persons then collaborated to upgrade and transform the week into a month of activities and observances. These included Patricia Sangowumi Mcleod,and Egbe Onisin Eledumare represented by its then Oludari Agbaiye Olakela Massetungi.

Egbe Onisin Eledumare concentrated on accessing schools,and visited schools at primary and secondary levels.

Much of the school projects were without the support of the Ministry of Education, but was supported by the discretion and generosity of the principals and head teachers of these schools.

Other persons that supported the move to African History Month were Maureen Thompson and Asha Kambon. As the observance gained some creditability Fitzgerald Francis of African Trophies also championed the cause.

As our country hosts Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting we hope that State recognition of African contributions to our societies would be an issue of consideration.Many of the Commonwealth nations are African.Many of them have populations of Africans with low self esteemĀ  – a result of the paucity of information that is available to their populations on the positive and progressive contributions of their ancestors.

Currently there is need for the inclusion of African History to be taught in our schools at all levels of education.

As African History Month begins its wind down in this Historic month of CHOGM we pray that government and people would take proactive steps to place us on the front burner of events and activities.

May Eledumae bless!

8 responses to “AFRICAN HISTORY MONTH

  1. Sangode Orisagbemi

    I pray that you are given long life, the prosperity and wisdom to continue to educate, guide and enlighten the world on the great continent and people we call AFRICA

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      Adupe lopolopo! Thanks for your sincere pray. I have already begun to receive the gifts of Eledumare,ori orisa, ati egun that you have requested for me. We shall and will be victorious. Remember that it is not leaders that make REVOLUTION, but that it is the masses of people organized and acting in consort tha tmake for successfu lREVOLUTION.Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  2. All the talk, and still the absence of substance. BECAUSE there is an assumption here that we all KNOW when is African History Month.

    We need to consciously be addressing those outside the forum of our personal contact and ambit.

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      Greetings! Thanks George,and welcome to our site. Thanks for your observation, and yes you are right. In some of these articles there is the assumption that some facts are known to those that visit. African History Month is celebrated,observed and commemorated at differing times in differing geographic localities and is influenced by the history of the particular region. In Republic Trinidad & Tobago, African History Month is celebrated,marked and observed throughout the month of November. Thanks for your observation. If you bring something of substance we would be happy to include it on our site. Thank you and may you return. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  3. At a recent meeting hosted by ESC, I became aware that a lot of African centered organizations celebrate African History Month, but this information is not known outside their members. My conclusion, African groups in T&T need our own media houses, we also have to come together and collaborate.

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      Alaafia! Thank you Oludari for attending the meeting hosted by Emancipation Support Committee and for publishing of your observations and recommendations as to how we can more effectively combat the lack of awareness that currently exists re: celebration of African History Month. We pray that organizations visiting this site may consider your recommendations and that the rsponse will result in our overcoming the current challenge. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  4. Alafia
    We have a message to sing about
    You are your Ancestors U is Iku (How Great a History WE are)
    By Family In Deed http://www.myspace.com/familyindeed

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