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The 5th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo

The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) is an Institute in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The Institute will hold its 5th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Celebrations from the 22nd to the 25th May 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa.    

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Give us this day the Rain

The Balobedu people perform a traditional ceremony to ask the gods for rain: The rain had already come down hard the night before the Balobedu gathered fortheir annual traditional ceremony to summon the rains. One of two marquees set up to accommodate guests for the day’s festivities wasalmost swept away in the storm. But the n...Read more

Sustaining identity in diverse society: The implications for national liberation

By Mathole Motshekga I do not know of any people who really have “developed along their own lines”. My fellow white South Africans, enjoying what is called “Western civilization”, should be the first to agree that this civilization is indebted to previous civilisations from the East, from Greece, Rome and so on. For its heritage, Wes...Read more

African Identity and Culture: Who We Are

By Dr Mathole Motshekga Great nations, past and present rooted their nationhood in their heritage whether real or imagined. The heritage of a people is their roots. A nation is like a tree. It cannot grow and sustain itself without roots. That’s why primal or ancient African communiti...Read more

The 4th Annual African Unity For Renaissance Conference And Africa Day Expo

African intellectuals gather to explore African Solutions for African Problems,

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape Heritage Celebrations

The festival is a unique opportunity for the visual arts community to experience, see and buy a large selection of artworks from Limpopo province. • Extra effort has been made to ensure a comprehensive selection of artists in the Vhembe District. Execution of story telling in various forms e.g. Drama/Theatre, Poetry, Folklore, Zwidade, Ngano • Indigenous games (mufuvha, ndode,...Read more

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Evidence of Africa’s religious heritage

In 1879 an Egyptian worker discovered an opening in the near-ruined pyramid tomb of Unas, at Sakkara (or Saqqara), the famous “City of the Dead” located near the entrance of the Nile Delta on the west bank of the Nile River. Inside he found a series of hieroglyphic inscriptions almost 5,000 years old. These inscriptions came to be known as the pyramid texts, and revealed that at the...Read more

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