eBukhosini Solutions is working in collaboration with various young community partners to present seminars about Afrikan History during the month of February. A total of 6 seminars will be hosted with the aim of inspiring young and old to learn more about our continent. The emphasis on “waking up” is a call for Afrikans to engage critically with the world around them and oppose the marginalization of Afrika’s history. The hosts are predominantly young people who – in protest against the lack of information about Afrikan history – have decided to create learning spaces for community members. The seminars will give a practical demonstration of what and how Afrikan history can be presented in a way that people – especially our youth – can relate to it.
17 February, 12pm: Soshanguve
18 February, 10am: Soweto
21 February , 12pm: Tembisa
24 February, 10am: Tokoza (East Rand)
24 February, 10am: Phokeng (North West)
25 February, 1pm: Jo’burg
(see detailed event schedule attached)
See event details here: https://web.facebook.com/events/171638066789308/
For more information and interviews, contact Yonela Boya in the office of eBukhosini Solutions on 074 690 4012 / firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black/Afrikan History Month is a Pan-Afrikan event, observed in many countries around the world. It was first conceptualised in 1926 by Afrikan American historian, Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), as an annual awareness of Black history and achievements. eBukhosini Solutions has, since 2003, hosted workshops and seminars during the month of February, to engage communities in knowledge about Afrikan history. The events will serve to commemorate the immense contributions of Afrikan women in the struggle for Afrikan liberation, such as Queen Nzinga (1580 – 1663), Mama Nandi (1750 – 1828), Yaa Asantewaa (1850 – 1920) and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900 – 1978). Also, the month of February is chosen to acknowledge legacies of resistance and empowerment by student leader Onkgopotse Abram Tiro (1947-1974), human rights activist Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe (1924-1978) and distinguished Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop (1923-1986).
BACKGROUND – WHY SEMINARS ABOUT AFRIKAN HISTORY?
Black History Month offers an opportunity to particularly zone in on some of the many important aspects of Afrika’s history. The reason why there is general ignorance about Afrikan history is not that our history is insignificant. It is the intentional marginalization, misrepresentation and distortion that has made many Afrikans rather oblivious about Afrika’s great gifts to the world: Civilizations, sciences, innovations and achievements. Many people are now waking up to say “I want to know my history, I want to know who I am”. Knowledge of history is, indeed, the foundation for a sound identity and understanding one’s human purpose. In the events of Black History Month there will be practical demonstrations of what and how Afrikan history can be taught in community settings; in ways that are relevant, especially to our youth.
Through a number of sub-themes, such as “Homeschooling”, “Black Economics”, “Women Leaders in Afrikan History”, “Afrikan Unity” and “Youth Perspectives on Afrikan History”, a number of great speakers will address community members and engage them in a learning journey of awareness. The speakers include researchers, academics and practitioners: Mama Yaa Ashantewaa Ngidi-Archer, Tehuti Don Laka, Adv Ras Sipho Mantula, Itumeleng Makale, Nompumelelo Shabangu, Mbali Kgame, Vukulu Sizwe Maphindani, Baba Buntu, Wéma Harris, Pitsi Ragophala, Ntate Molefe Pheto, Mama Tebogo Buntu, Zulumathabo Zulu, Rutendo Ngara, Baba Buntu and Adv Pusch Commey.
OBJECTIVE – WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE SEMINARS?
The objective of this year’s Black History Month seminars is to reach out to community members, especially young people, with inspiring and thought-provoking presentations to awaken interest in Afrikan history. The information will be thought-provoking, relevant and help young people to develop tools for self-understanding and become independent, proud and entrepreneurial Afrikans. Self-knowledge is critical for justice, conflict resolution and social cohesion.
TARGET GROUP – WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS?
Although the seminars are open to all age groups, the primary target group for the presentations are young people. Through an engaging and participatory presentation style, the audience will become active participants in a reflective, knowledge-based and creative empowerment process.
ABOUT eBukhosini Solutions
eBUKHOSINI SOLUTIONS is a community based company offering consultation and services related to social transformation, community development, youth empowerment, leadership training and Afrikan Centred Education. The company has a strong focus on equipping the Afrikan Family and Community with practical skills, inspired by philosophies of Black Consciousness, Pan-Afrikan praxis and decolonial transdisciplinarity.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT SCHEDULE 2018
Saturday 17 February, 12 (noon): SOSHANGUVE
Kutlwanong Creche, Block L, Soshanguve
Speakers: Mama Yaa Ashantewaa Ngidi-Archer, Tehuti Don Laka, Adv Ras Sipho Mantula, Itu Neter Makale
FB-event page: https://web.facebook.com/events/1990949134458732/
Information: 061 825 6920
Sunday 18 February, 10am: SOWETO
Venue: June 16th Memorial Acre, Mputhi Street, Mofolo, Soweto
Speakers: Mpumi Shabangu (“Homeschooling”), Mbali Kgame (“Youth Perspective on Afrikan History”), Vukulu Sizwe Maphindani (“Black Economics”), Baba Buntu (“Afrikan Women in Afrikan History”)
Other features: Kemetic Yoga & Spirituality pre-program at 9am. Also: Afrikan Children’s Play Skool from 1pm.
FB-event page: https://web.facebook.com/events/912901795542636/
Information: 073 894 7483
Wednesday 21 February, 12 (noon): TEMBISA
Venue: Moses Molelekwa Arts Centre, Makhulong section, crnr Andrew Mapehto Drive/Star Street, Tembisa
Children and teenagers program: Hosted by 4Room Creative Village, featuring the “Lyrical Liberation” program by Wéma Harris and PitsiRa The First from eBukhosini Solutions.
Information: 061 188 3154
Saturday 24 February, 10am: THOKOZA
Venue: Thokoza Library, Moepshe Street, Tokoza
Speakers: Ntate Molefe Pheto, Mama Tebogo Buntu
Information: 071 418 1112 / 083 615 3145
Saturday 24 February, 10am: PHOKENG (Rustenburg, North West Province)
Venue: Thojane Farm, Phokeng, Rustenburg
Speakers: Zulumathabo Zulu, Rutendo Ngara, Baba Buntu
Information: 083 747 4158
Sunday 25 February, 1pm: JOHANNESBURG
Afrikan Family Dialogue at eBukhosini Solutions, 444 Marshall Street, Jeppestown/Belgravia, Johannesburg.
Presenter: Advocate/Author Pusch Commey
Theme: “How to teach Afrikan History at home – a guide for Afrikan Parents”
Entrance: R50 (children under 12 = Free)
Information: 074 690 4012