Pilgrimage to the heart of Africa

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Spe­cial Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of African peo­ple from East and West of the Atlantic Ocean

«The essen­tial for a peo­ple is not much being able to glo­rify itself by a past more or less majes­tic, but it is more about dis­cov­er­ing and tak­ing con­scious­ness of this past's con­ti­nu­ity,  what­ever this past was." (Cheikh Anta Diop).

Pilgrimage to the heart of Africa

Pil­grim­age to the heart of Africa

Dirty cloths are to be washed within the fam­ily, they say. That's why Malaki ma Kongo, asso­ci­a­tion for the pro­mo­tion of African cul­tural roots in ser­vice of Respon­si­ble Devel­op­ment, invites all Africans - but not only! - from east and west of the Atlantic Ocean to go back to African ances­tors' steps.
We'll walk through­out the close yet far­away time of enslav­ery, to cover Africa from Goreè Island just to the black continent's heart.
We'll go through many vil­lages where mon­u­ments, val­leys, moun­tains, roots, leaves, trees and - why not -the wind will refresh our mem­ory. It may hap­pen that, while we sleep, dur­ing a dream a fly, or a bee­tle, or a fish, or - why not - an ele­phant will sing us songs that we kind of remem­ber.
Yes, we'll walk to touch real­ity by hand and to give our­self a per­sonal judge­ment about what really hap­pened more than 500 years ago.

AIM : pre­serv­ing col­lec­tive memory

OBJECTIVES :

  1. Cre­at­ing a dia­logue space for the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of African peo­ple from East and west of the Atlantic Ocean;
  2. Pro­mot­ing African Cul­tural roots
  3. Re-writing African history
  4. Enter­ing in Com­mu­nion with our ances­tors by par­tic­i­pat­ing to the Three-continental Fes­ti­val Malaki ma Kongo.

CIRCUIT OF VOYAGE

  • a/ Gorée Island and Dakar city in Sénégal ;
  • b/ Bénin: we'll touch by hand an unusual expéri­ence of "retourn to Africa" realised 10 years ago by the JAH fam­ily, who went there from Guade­loupe. We'll visit the Tem­ple of Pythons in Ouidah and we'll orga­nize a forum about: «The impor­tance of the Exchanges between African peo­ple from East and west of the Atlantic Ocean» ;
  • c/ In Ghana we'll visit the Slaves Road, the city of Accra, some exem­ples of invest­ments by the Black dias­pora, fol­low­ing a show-dinner for sol­i­dar­ity with « The ini­tia­tives of the exchanges between African peo­ple from East and west of the Atlantic Ocean» ;
  • d/ We'll go to the two Con­goes, in Braz­zav­ille and in Kin­shasa, where  we'll par­tic­i­pate to the Three-continental Fes­ti­val MALAKI ma KONGO, and we'll visit the two cap­i­tal cities. In Pointe Noire we'll visit the "Mon­u­ment of Mem­ory" and the human­i­tar­ian action of MALAKI DEVELOPMENT (Cen­tre for sewing edu­ca­tion for young women) and AArit, the Pilote Agri­cole Center;
  • e/ In Nzinzi (Pointe Noire) we're waited to close in beauty the Three-continental Fes­ti­val MALAKI ma KONGO, to « tell the chil­dren of our chil­dren what the par­ents of our par­ents lived».

ORGANIZATORS

Pilgrimage to the heart of Africa

Pil­grim­age to the heart of Africa

Malaki ma Kongo  in col­lab­o­ra­tion with local social organ­i­sa­tions from East and west of the Atlantic Ocean. Malaki ma Kongo  invites us to "go to Africa not to sym­pa­thise with lions, gyraffes or croc­o­diles but to frat­er­nize with human beings".

 

BENEFITS :

Pre­serv­ing col­lec­tive mem­ory.
Re-writing Africa true his­tory and learn­ing the true mean­ing of words like Africa, Séné­gal, Congo, Nami­bie, Zim­babwe, Mali, Camer­oun, Guinée…

MODALITY of the journey :

Respon­si­ble Tourism:  We won't stay in big hotels, we'll stay by local people's houses or by rooms we'll rent from local fam­i­lies' homes (these peo­ple are Malaki ma Kongo's mem­bers), or local small hotels held by local fam­i­lies .
Trans­porta­tion will be, depend­ing on cir­cum­stances, local city bus, trains, taxi, cars rented on place, air­planes etc.

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See ALL VIDEOS  of the Pil­grim­age in 2008 .

Other jour­neys of Respon­si­ble Tourism orga­nized by Malaki ma Kongo: