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Bob Marley Foundation Indicates Desire to Perform at 50th Anniversary of the OAU

Témoignages.re / 3 December 2012

The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Erastus Mwencha met with Mrs. Rita Marley, the Chairwoman of Bob Marley Foundation and Dr. Desta Meghoo, Africa’s International Media Summit 2009 (AIMS2009) Coordinator and liaison to the African Union for the Diaspora African Forum, and members of Diaspora Africa Forum.

Mrs. Marley briefed Mr. Mwencha about the request of the Foundation for a performance during the 50th Anniversary of the OAU, which is supposed to take place in May 2013. She stressed the importance of the performance for the youth in Africa.

Dr. Desta Meghoo said that the Diaspora African Forum invites and encourages the full participation of Africans in the Diaspora in the building of the African Union, in its capacity as an important region of the continent

Mr. Mwencha said that the Chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC) Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will be very excited with Mrs. Marley’s visit.

He highlighted, in the meeting that the AUC wants to use the 50th Anniversary as a platform to deliberate on key issues such as “where we are [as Africans] and where we should be”. He also said that music is a common platform that brings people together.

Mr. Mwencha praised the late Bob Marley for his contribution towards uplifting the consciousness of Africans on the continent as well as those in the Diaspora. “It will be better to bring Africans in Diaspora to see their roots” added the AUC Deputy Chairperson.

The meeting was attended by some members of Diaspora African Forum.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, November 30, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)

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