Santiago de Cuba, (Prensa Latina) African and Caribbean diplomats paid tribute in Santiago de Cuba on Tuesday to Nelson Mandela on his 100th birthday, during a day on an agenda to recall in Cuba the leader”s legacy and his friendship with Fidel Castro.
Representatives from Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, South Africa, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago are participating in the meeting, sponsored by the South African Embassy, the Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Center and the House of the Caribbean.
Speeches by ambassadors emphasized the common future of both geographic regions and the prevalence of injustice and inequity in links with the world’s hegemonic centers of power.
PhD Martha Cordies, director of the African Cultural Center, and Orlando Verges, director of the House of the Caribbean, chaired the panels, which exposed these realities and their colonial origins and territorial expansion on the planet.
A documentary previously brought back emotional images of the meetings between Mandela and Fidel, two models of the dignity of nations and the consequent confrontation with regimes that denigrate it.
An exhibition on Nelson Mandela, who transcended internationally for his long years in prison, due to his struggles for the elimination of the apartheid regime and racial discrimination, can be seen at the Heredia Convention Center as part of this celebration.
An exhibition of African handicrafts and traditional pieces is also taking place in the Africa House, while a fashion show by Senegalese designer Mamadou Diop will be held on the Emilio Bacardi Provincial Museum in the heart of the city.
A visit to the provincial government headquarters and wreaths at the the monolith that keeps Fidel Castro’s ashes, and the memorials to founding fathers in Santa Ifigenia’s heritage cemetery will also be on the agenda.