A German Nigerian Encounter
The introductory event for the project “Knowing me, knowing you" was held on September 17, 2010 in Dortmund.
This event, the first of its kind, presented the beginning of the project “Knowing me, knowing you”, which will last three and a half years and aims at building bridges between cultures and promoting mutual understanding.
The day started with the national anthems of both countries, Germany and Nigeria, as to pay a tribute to them. Music as a means of connecting people played an important role not only in the beginning of the event, but throughout the whole day. The day ended with a concert by Toni Tuklan with names like Master Blaster and DJ Tomekk on the attendance list. Moreover, young talents were discovered.
African Union Day
Information, Fun and Exchange
The dialogue of cultures was the main theme of the African Union Day, which was celebrated in Dortmund on June 4, 2011. Representatives from the city of Dortmund, Diplomats and Diaspora-Africans were invited to contribute to this memorable event. The event took place in commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25 1963, which today is followed by the African Union (AU).
This date is of great importance for Africa, Africans and Diaspora-Africans since it symbolizes the success in the fight against colonization and continental racism. For that matter, AfricanTide Union e.V. invited the Diaspora-Africans and everybody else interested in Africa to gather together and celebrate the day.
Responding to Challenges: The Role of the Diaspora
After a grave decline between 1996 and 2008, governance in Africa appears to have improved somewhat in 2009, according to a World Bank’s Governance Matters survey released in 2009. While such statistics are encouraging, there is still some significant disagreement about its sustainability as improvement is only peripheral. However, if civil society and politicians want to participate in shaping governance and holding governments responsible in Africa, they ought to question their own way of functioning both home and abroad without forgetting that accountability starts at home. Before being eligible for any representation, society and politicians have to be accountable before the people they intend to represent.