Let’s Speak Africa honors young talent to celebrate the month of culture and Africamism

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Tinashe W Muberekwa

Let’s Speak Africa, a youth organisation based in Nigeria hosted an Online concert on the platform Face of Let’s Speak Africa on 26 August 2022 to wrap up the month of Culture and Africanism. The contest was aimed at singling out the best people who promote Africanism to become the ambassadors of Let’s Speak Africa.

The organisation made a live broadcast whereby interested individuals were asked to register, and submit their talent exhibition videos as well as photos representing their culture on 20-23 August 2022. Let’s Speak Africa believe in using powerful speeches to effect positive societal change in African societies.

Winner> Atemnkeng Emilene-Miss Cameroon

The concert on Let’s Speak Africa is hosted by Miss Ruth Bassey-Okim in Calabar, Cross River State -Nigeria. Its first edition was held on the 13th of December 2019 with over 50 young people listening to inspirational speeches from 20 prolific public speakers, poets, and storytellers who spoke passionately about issues affecting the development of their communities.

The focus for the year 2022 was to identify individuals who best promote Africanism to be the next participants of Let’s Speak Africa. Experienced external judges adjudicated the contest and an award night was held on 26 August 2022.

1st Runner-up: Zipporah Makamu-Miss Kenya

Miss Atemnkeng Emilene of Cameroon was the 2022 Award winner. After receiving the award, she reminded Africa that it carries true identity and heritage. She was motivated to participate in the 2022 edition with the aim and need of adding voice to the millions across African heritage, values, cultures, land, and people.

“The Let’s Speak Africa platform was a golden opportunity to impact and remind Africa of how important the content is to the whole world. African greatness is interwoven in beads and locs every African need to keep preserving the motherland proudly and art is part of the heritage,” she added.

The first runners-up award went to Miss Zipporah Makamu of Kenya, who encouraged everyone to embrace African culture by advocating for it daily, “let’s give priority to our culture, African culture is gold,” she maintained.

Zimbabwe was part of the concert and was represented by Miss Inertia Moyo who took the 2nd runners-up award. Moyo emphasized the need of believing in oneself and that loving our origin is key.

2nd Runner-up: Miss Inertia Moyo-Miss Zimbabwe

“It is not a disadvantage to be an African but a gift because Africans are gifted with the ability to install positive change through Culture,” she added.

Let’s Speak will continue engaging young people and bring together public speakers and community actors to speak freely on challenges affecting them and proffer solutions through poetry, spoken word, comedy, music, and visual arts. A relaxed mind is a creative and sound mind.

Tinashe W Muberekwa writes in his own capacity and can be contacted at +263 775 696 756 or Email: mubnetsystems@gmail.com


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