II CIAD “The Second Conference of Intellectuals from African” in Salvador – Bahia
The first Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora – I CIAD was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 6 to 9 October, 2004.
The Conference decided that the follow-up should be held in the Diáspora. The African Union chose Brazil to be the host for the summit.
The Convention Center in Salvador, the capital of the State of Bahia, has been penciled down from July12 -14, 2006 as the venue for this year’s Conference. The event will be co-chaired and presided by the Brazilian Minister for Culture, Gilberto Gil representing the Diaspora, and an intellectual woman from Africa will represent the African Continent.
Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the incubent president of Brazil in the company of other Heads of States will register their honorable presence in the opening of the ceremony, on July 12.
This year’s II CIAD summit will attract about 700 to1000 intellectuals participants and political leaders from Africa and other Countries of the Diaspora.
Apart from the Salvador Conference center other venues to complement activities in this year’s Conference will be the State and Federal Universities of Bahia respectively.
The objective of the Conference is to encourage and give prominence to the African intellectuals’ contribution as vectors of new ideas for the development and social transformation of the continent and the Diaspora.
The Conference equally seeks to increase the mutual understanding, as well as stimulate the cooperation for development between the African countries and those of the Diaspora.
The Conference also promotes the intellectuals’ permanent, durable and constructive commitment and those that have political will power to take decisions on problems confronting Africans the world over, as well as assure that they will be engaged in the establishments of development programs.
Team of the Conference
The general theme of the II CIAD is “The Diaspora and African Renaissance: past contributions and the present project” This theme will be discussed in plenary session and thematic groups.Participants for this years program include Dr Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai, Stevie Wonder to mention but a few.
For registration or more information visit www.ciad.mre.gov.br
Son killed his father in cold blood
A family crime was committed yesterday in the neigborhood of San Martin in Salvador where Lenildo de Jesus Farias age 19, shot his 46 years old father and fled afterwards. The reason behind the crime which is presently unknown is been investigated by the police. Lenildo who is at large is presently sought after by the cops.
BY MARK STEVENSON FUO
The Sao Joao festival is one celebrated in honor of the biblical Saint John who prepared the way for the coming of the Savior of the world Jesus Christ. The festival which most people including my humble self prefer to that of the Carnival is a peaceful, well coordinated and organize one that mostly take place in the entire northeastern states of Brazil. During this period, which is normally in June of every year, all roads lead to the country side of town where everybody gets down on the forro beat, a Brazilian version of country music which is the music played all through to lighten up the festival. People dance around fire places which has a traditional under tone attached to the festival. Spirit with all kinds of flavor is served accompanied by the typical dish of boiled corn and peanuts which are eaten by all and sundry.
In Salvador, this year’s Saint John festivity also took place in Pelourinho. The entire historical center was decorated with banderoles, colorful ribbons and ballons. Shows with Forro artistes were staged at the main square , restaurants and bars all around Pelourinho. The entire atmosphere was packed with mostly couples, dancing and walking in pairs.