African Union at 50

The year 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which was eventually succeeded by the African Union (AU). The OAU was established in Addis Ababa on May 25th 1963. Some of the main reasons for the creation of the OAU were to eradicate all forms of colonialism in Africa and to promote unity and solidarity among the African States. Through these objectives, the nations were fighting for sovereignty in order to make Africa a better place for its populations. The AU still rests on these main principles however, the objectives have broadened with the idea of the world being a “global community”. Today, the inclusion of African countries in global discussions is more stressed. Continue reading

African Masters

The most developed regions in the world have strong art and cultural identity. Art collections are housed in the most exquisite and purposely built museums and galleries. Their artists are awarded, admired and celebrated. Art enthusiasts can easily flick through most fine art books and find terms such as Western Masters, Renaissance Masters, Italian Masters, European Masters, and so on. Certainly Africa does not lack a strong art and cultural identity. However, have you come across the term African Masters? Or better yet and more specifically, Kenyan Masters, Egyptian Masters or Zambian Masters? Continue reading