Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020. 11:34 am CST.
By BBN Staff: For the first time ever, Belize will be celebrating Africa day. The event will take place on Monday, 25th May 2020 in Belmopan under the theme “Promoting Africanism: Changing the Narrative, Connecting the Dots using TOURISM as the Platform…From Pessimism to Optimism”. It is being organized by Sharon Palacio, founder of BelAflika Travel and Tours, and Youth for World Peace (YWP). While the drumming and dancing will occur on Mamie Apple Street in Belmopan (NB. The Belmopan City Council will block off the street), these and the other activities will be streamed live on Sharon Palacio’s facebook page as well as on the Queen Amina show. The Queen Amina show operates out of Toronto, Canada but will carry the celebration in Belize live.
The celebration of the first Africa day in Belize is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with an overview of the celebrations being presented by organizer, Sharon Palacio. After the overview, a poem will be presented by Preston Parchue, an artist and CEO of Prototype Industries and live drumming will commence shortly after. The keynote address will be delivered by Didier Bayeye Greatsoul, an african tourism consultant and marketing expert at Sun International, South Africa. Other presentations during the course of the afternoon includes showcasing African attire and food, various dances and drumming. Hope Amadi, CEO of Youth for World Peace will deliver the closing remarks.
In an exclusive interview with BBN, organizer Sharon Palacio encouraged all Belizeans, particularly those with African roots and heritage, to join in the celebrations. She told BBN that the celebration of the first ever Africa Day in Belize hopes “to strengthen the pride in Belize’s African heritage to compliment the pride that we have in western civilization that dominates our view of the world today”. According to Palacio, the event is promoting Africanism using tourism as a platform, and she hopes to stimulate a cultural re-orientation that engages in attitudinal change, recreation and promotion of unique African cultural values.
Sharon Palacio is also the owner of Palacio’s Mountain Retreat located at Mile 31 and a half on the Hummingbird Highway.
For more information on the event, contact Brito Furtado, Marketing Manager, Youth for World Peace at 615-2249 or Sharon Palacio at 615-4796.
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