The Rainbow Nation showed its true colors on September 24 as South African students in AUN displayed their rich cuisine and multiplicity of local traditions on their nation’s Heritage Day.
This year’s event was themed: “Reclaiming, Restoring, and Celebrating our Living Heritage.” It’s not for nothing that the Southern African country bears the ‘Rainbow Nation’ moniker; the country of 53 million people of mixed races also has 11 official languages and ethnicities.
AUN student and Jacob Zuma Foundation scholarship winner Selo Mafokoane shared a brief history of South Africa, acknowledging the nation’s founding fathers who have contributed to its growth.
“For liberation, we honor and remember all the artists whose music, dance, and theatre inspired us to join hands in promoting the vision of democracy for all. May the spirit of Ubuntu enshrine our value of group solidarity, compassion, respect for human dignity, and collective unity."
Guest speaker Professor Agatha Ukata argued that “The success of South African unity will help shape other African countries.” In her lecture entitled “Heritage Day: The Present South Africa,”
Dr. Ukata advised the South African students to learn from the Nigerian culture of tolerance and accommodation of differences and reject xenophobia.
The event also featured the launch of “Yola Girl Care,” an initiative that will sensitize and distribute 500 sanitary towels to IDP girls in Yola for at least two months.