#Article (Archive)

Gambia organises ‘intellectual symposium’ on African unity

May 9, 2016, 12:09 PM | Article By: Adam Jobe

[endif]The symposium, on the theme ‘What should be the economic and political priorities of Africa in the 21st century for accelerated economic growth and development’, is to enlighten people about the economic and political priorities of Africa.

Hassoum Ceesay, director for cultural heritage at the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), said the idea behind the symposium is to forge unity among people of African descent.

He said there has been a lot of intellectual works towards the achievement of African unity starting from the 1900s, when first pan African congress was held.

“You can see that intellectual degree has always been at the forefront in the promotion of African unity,” Mr Ceesay said.

He explained that it is in cognizant of this that the organising committee of this year’s roots festival decided to include a symposium to bring intellectuals to talk on African unity and dissect the various means to achieve it in order to foster development.

Mr Ceesay called on people to come to the symposium to have an intellectual perspective on the need for African unity.He said there will be a lot of music and cultural display as part of the forum.

He noted that music is part of the forum because it is one way of conserving culture and it is also an important vehicle for the propagation of culture.