“Promoting one’s culture is putting one’s people at the center of our continent’s development,” said a journalist from Africa at the last edition of the carnival in Seychelles.
South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Mauritius, and maybe even Rwanda will be joining together in Seychelles to fly flags from their continents alongside the giants of the world of carnivals and in so doing showcase African culture for the world to see.
“Africa depends a lot on tourism, and at the carnival in Seychelles, African ministers of tourism meet more press than they can ever hope for. They meet more press than at any tourism trade fair they go to,” commented a press organization from Africa.
Last year, Ghana was at the carnival in Seychelles with a very large delegation headed by their King of the Ashanti. The Kingdom of Swaziland was represented by their Princess and a cultural delegation, and so the Cote D’Ivoire was also present, and this was the first West Africa country to be at this carnival. “Africa should learn not to be ashamed of their people and of their culture,” an American journalist covering the 2015 edition of the carnival said.
This year, the African cultural delegations will be parading alongside the best carnivals of the world, including Brazil, Notting Hill of the UK, the France Carnival, the Italy Carnival, Dusseldorf and also Cologne Carnivals from Germany, and Indonesia Carnival. These carnival delegations will be followed by over 15 cultural troupes coming from countries who are demonstrating their pride as they showcase their culture and people.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) . For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.