By Kabuye Ronald
The key note speakers at the Annual African Descent Summit 2023 in Toronto, Canada have called for recognition, justice and development for the Africans in Canada and in the diaspora.
The summit that happened from the 21st – 23rd July, 2023 at Toronto Pavillion 190 Railside Road Toronto, ON M3A 1A3 Canada was graced by key note speakers including Prof. Verne Ross, Hon. Paul Chiang, Rev. Eddie Jjumba, Racheal Kalaba and Prof. Marieme Lo who vehemently discussed the theme: Recognition, justice and development.
The summit also had Ugandan musicians Chosen Becky and Chris Evans Kaweesi perform and showcasing African culture through music, dance and drama in line with the theme of recognition, development and justice. Their performance left the audience over joyed and praising the art used to communicate the needed African message to the world.
In the same way, they were Entertained by different artists from all over African and the Caribbean.
The speakers emphasized the need for recognition as Africans as opposed to being referred to as blacks. In this they called for stoppage of discrimination which will led to justice in the European, America, Canada and the rest of the world especially in color since they are all human beings.
The attendees of the summit also had fellow Africans speak about their success in business and development in Canada before they used the last day of 23rd, July to tour the Africans’ businesses in Toronto and other surrounding areas in Canada.
Alexander Luyima, the information director at African Descent said that the summit was derived from the experiences and challenges that have always hampered people of African descent to develop their full potential in education, social-economic development and empowerment, curtailed freedoms, a rich history, and heritage that needs to be well understood and attended to through arts, culture conservation, and Heritage in Ontario Canada.
“Special thanks to the Executive Director Mrs. Alice Hope Birungi and the Whole African Descent Ontario team for organizing such-and-such wonderful event. Credits to all the Partners that managed to put up this event” said Luyima
The discussions where held at the University of Toronto – Massey College and later Awards where given to people that have been outstanding in Canada communities.