Seychelles celebrates African culture


African beats, colours, cuisines from across the continents and décor at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort and Casino brought the essence of Africa to Seychelles.

This was during the FetAfrik gala dinner, an event which gives a taste of the melting pot of cultures from the continent. This year’s theme for Africa Day was Human Rights with focus on the rights of women and the gala night was all about celebrating the beauty of our African women.

The theme was highly depicted in the fashion show put together by two members of the FetAfrik committee Denis Rose and Margaret Confait.

A group of students from the Seychelles Institute of Art and Design designed the colourful attires using African print fabric, and their designs were of high creativity.

Models for the fashion show were mostly from the departments within the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Guests at the gala dinner who were wearing African attires were also selected to parade on the catwalk. Those wearing the best attires were later rewarded.

The night would not have been complete without some fine beats from mainland Africa. A group of drummers and dancers from Nigeria spiced up the evening with their traditional instruments and performances.

Beats from their batá drum, which is a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one cone larger than the other, the dunun which is a rope-tuned cylindrical drum with a rawhide skin at both ends, most commonly cow or goat and their other drums livened up the evening.

A selection of dishes were savoured from the sumptuous buffet by chefs from the resort and that of the Seychelles Tourism Academy Antoine Simeon.

Speaking at the event, the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange spoke on the empowerment of women and our links with the African continent.

It is vital for us to value, promote and empower the women of Africa, Minister St.Ange said.

“We must not forget our historical links with Africa. Our ties with the continent have helped to make us this great Seychellois nation that we are,” the Minister added.

The night ended with a disco of solely African music, including those of top music stars in the likes of Radio and Weasel as well as our local artists.