Mbabane: The Africa Day Celebration that will be hosted at Sibebe Resort is meant to celebrate and bring together African nationals living in Eswatini.
This was said by Sibebe Resort Brand and Communications Manager, Larry Mhlanga in an Interview with this publication. Mhlanga said this was in line with the call for peace and unity amongst Africans, which will also be seen as Africa day will be celebrated bringing together Africans of different cultures and heritage together in one place.
Africa day is celebrated annually on March 29 by countries in Africa and throughout the world, as it was adopted by the African Union.
The African Union theme for 2021 is ‘The Arts, Culture, and Heritage’. Sibebe Resort and Cultural Village have committed to celebrating Africa day by bringing together African nationals who are based in the country to have a good time and showcase their different cultures and heritage on the day.
Africa Day will be hosted in the newly established cultural village which will also showcase the beauty and culture of emaSwati, and will be broadcast live.
He said that there are a lot of Africans living in Eswatini coming from different African countries like Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania DRC, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. He said these nationals will be showcasing their national dresses, cultural dances, and dishes.
Mhlanga said Sibebe Resort will keep up with the theme of the event and showcase the heritage and culture of Africa, to ensure an Africa where we celebrate each other and our cultures.
He said they will therefore focus on showcasing efforts by the continent’s youths towards building the Africa we want in arts, culture, heritage, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
He highlighted that the commemoration of Africa Day, in 2021 comes at a rather difficult time with challenges posed by COVID-19. The messaging around this event will therefore focus on the need to find and amplify innovative solutions that are aimed at addressing challenges on the continent.
He said, as the Resort, they were however grateful that the government has eased lockdown restrictions and gatherings, and he said as a resort they will stick to the prescribed COVID-19 regulations.
The Sibebe Africa Day Event will host Africans living in Eswatini which includes Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, DRC, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique who will showcase their national dresses and Cultural Dances and dishes. Dishes served on the day will include:
- Poulet à la Moambé –The National Dish of Congo
- Fufu – The Traditional Food
- Fumbwa – Congolese Stew.
- Umxanxa from Zimbabwe.
- From Nigeria Jollof Rice. This is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria and is eaten in every part of the country.
- In Nigeria and Egusu Soup.
- One of the best-known Mozambique dishes is Shrimp or prawns done Peri-peri style.
- Seafood also forms a large part of the local diet, as it is abundant and cheap.
- A local dish without any Portuguese influences is Matata which is a seafood stew, usually made using clams in a peanut sauce.
- Sadza: This is the most common dish found in Zimbabwe and is a stiff maize meal that is like a thickened Porridge.
- Bota: This is a porridge that is flavored with peanut butter, milk, butter, or jam and is traditionally eaten for breakfast and many more dishes from Eswatini.