Diop Lives On

Rome, 27 February 2021. The Correct Connect Africa Foundation; celebrated the life and legacy of Cheikh Anta Diop, an event that drew participants from all over the world. The annual event dubbed DIOP LEGACY DAY is set aside by CCAF to commemorate the Senegalese scholar, Cheikh Anta Diop.

The theme of this year’s event is African languages. That is, African languages as proposed and hoped, from the perspective of the Senegalese scientist. The event usually comes up in February, the month the Senegalese anthropologist and Egyptologist joined the College of African Ancestors. 

The ceremony recorded the speech of the General Coordinator (GC) of the foundation, Aleakwe Odior, as well as talks from members and guests. Participants connected through a Zoom Conference call. 

Some highlights of the event were the adoption of the Statute of the Foundation, and the presentation of an original Lingala song composed purposely for the event. 

The development, promotion and usage of African languages is the responsibility of all African stakeholders, said the GC. He called on parents, educators, social influencers, the institution of learning and the various African governments to support and promote African languages in all aspects of their socio-political, religious and cultural dimensions. According to him:

the promotion of African languages in education circles, and their usage in carrying out scientific researches, would contribute to the development and the conservation of the intellectual culture of Africa.

Below are links to some of the photographs and videos from the event:

Spoken word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQZAyrG7V3k&t=36s

African Languages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rKz8AG2ieA&t=29s

Photos of the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUzMobr

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