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Ambassadors, diplomats and Dignitaries applaud the performances showcased at the event.
Ambassadors, diplomats and Dignitaries applaud the performances showcased at the event.
IWG organizes cultural day, celebrates Africa’s diversity and unity

KUWAIT: Building upon Africa’s commitment to enhancing people-to-people diplomacy and economic ties with Kuwait, the International Women’s Group (IWG) organized a cultural day that brought together the diverse nations of Africa and the people of Kuwait in one place. In a warm and colorful celebration of unity and togetherness, the event marked the beginning of a three-part cultural journey through exploring the beauty of Africa, affectionately known as the “mother of mankind.” The journey commenced with the participation of embassies representing the Union of Comoros, the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Malawi.

In an interview with Kuwait Times, Dr. Manelisi Genge, Ambassador of South Africa to Kuwait, spoke proudly of the profound impact that African culture has left across the globe. He stated, “There is no part of the world that hasn’t been touched by African culture.” According to Dr. Genge, this strong footprint of Africa is particularly witnessed in Kuwait, where it hosts embassies of eight southern African regions and represents 33 African countries, giving us the highest number of embassies from one continent based in Kuwait.

Ambassador of South Africa to Kuwait, Dr Manelisi Genge
Ambassador of South Africa to Kuwait, Dr Manelisi Genge

He expressed hope that the cultural exchange between the countries would continue to inspire and enrich each other. Nkuleko Horace Dlamini, the Ambassador of Eswatini to Kuwait, viewed this event as a valuable opportunity to spotlight the solidarity among the nations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). While the mission of this inter-governmental organization is to promote socio-economic cooperation, integration, as well as political and security cooperation among 15 Southern African states, he highlighted its potential to strengthen development, trade, investment opportunities, and cultural exchanges within the region.

Alison Edson Liwanda, Malawi’s envoy, emphasized the significant role of events like these in educating people about the authentic essence of Africa. He underscored the shared characteristics between African and Kuwaiti people, such as being family-oriented, generous, welcoming, and community-focused, thereby fostering a deeper understanding and connection between the two cultures.

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