17th Annual Harvest Festival: A Call to Empower Africa’s Children

Johannesburg, Azania (South Africa): Ebukhosini Solutions in collaboration with DORKAY, Umoja Urban Culture and partners will host the Opening Ceremony for the 17th annual KWANZAA – the Afrikan Harvest Festival; inspired by indigenous first fruits celebration, known in South Africa as Umkhosi, Incwala, Dikgafela, Loma and Tehvuola. 

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 26 December

Time: 12:00pm

Venue: DORKAY Roof Top venue (3rd floor),

Address: 1 Eloff Street, Faraday, Johannesburg (downtown)

(PLEASE, NOTE THAT EVENT IS NO LONGER TAKING PLACE AT CONSTITUTION HILL!!!)

Theme: 

“Rebuilding the Village – Empowering Our Children”.

Program: 

Main ceremony, speeches, music, Children’s Program, Open Mic, Food Court and KWANZAA Market 

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 26 December

Time: 12:00pm

Venue: DORKAY Roof Top venue (3rd floor),

Address: 1 Eloff Street, Faraday, Johannesburg (downtown)

(PLEASE, NOTE THAT EVENT IS NO LONGER TAKING PLACE AT CONSTITUTION HILL!!!)

Theme: 

“Rebuilding the Village – Empowering Our Children”.

Program: 

Main ceremony, speeches, music, Children’s Program, Open Mic, Food Court and KWANZAA Market 

“It takes a village….” – which village? 

In African culture, the development of a child is a process involving the entire community. This is expressed in the infamous proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child”. However, many African parents do not have access to a broader community to assist them in raising their child. Historic, economic and political events have led to parenthood becoming more individualized. What happens when the village is no longer there? What happens, when Colonization, Apartheid and Westernization has dismantled the family structures, the cultural education and the nurturing environment for development? Through this year’s theme “Rebuilding the Village – Empowering Afrika’s Children”, KWANZAA 2018 calls for us all to repair and rebuild the broken village.

The need for unifying transformation

The African child is vulnerable. In addition to the devastating impact of poverty, health conditions and environmental imbalance, the African child is educated in institutions that do not reflect her/his history and is being prepared for a world in which she/he owns no stake. The challenges mounted on the African child’s shoulder are enormous, and more than ever, the need for communal support and guidance is needed for our young ones. Being the continent with the youngest population in the world, it is essential that Africa secures a meaningful power-script to equip African children with tools to navigate and transform our continent. 

How do we repair our village? 

A “village” expresses belonging, nurturing and discipline – a place where duties, concerns and solutions are shared. The theme for KWANZAA 2018 is therefore a call to unity. Without nations, communities and families standing shoulder to shoulder, the rebuilding process of Africa will remain a dream. This means that Africans must reposition values and priorities to develop progressive plans for education, leadership, economies and knowledge; together. This will create a cultural foundation for children to be affirmed, protected and empowered. To rebuild the village starts with a firm commitment by each individual and family; to analyse deeper, aim higher and grow broader. The future of Africa’s children must be rescued now.   

17years of harvesting

KWANZAA is a Pan-African cultural celebration based on indigenous harvest festivals observed throughout the continent for thousands of years. In South Africa, KWANZAA has become a “Black Consciousness Fest”, as it brings communities together to celebrate collective achievements and motivate for further collaboration. This will be the 17th year that Africans are brought together across divisions of language, nationality, religion and political affiliation. KWANZAA’s uniqueness thus lies in the fact that it is a celebration, but one intended to also inspire serious reflections on what is needed to propel the African nation forward. 

This year’s program

The Opening Ceremony for KWANZAA will take place at Dorkey Roof Top venue, on 1 Eloff Streeet, Faraday, Johannesburg (downtown). The ceremony usually attracts the attendance of hundreds of people and will feature a ceremonial opening ritual, short speeches, artistic performances, a children’s program and stalls where African food, literature, clothing, natural health and beauty products as well as crafts will be available for sale. 

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