As African continues to work towards the introduction of a single currency regime for the continent, African Union (AU) is set to establish a common language, says the Pan-Africa Cultural Congress Bureau (PACCB) of the AU.
Also, the AU, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is working to ensure that all African countries have a national dress, following a motion moved at recent AU. meeting held in Johannesburg in June to that effect.
These moves were disclosed by the PACCB’s President, who is also the DG of Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Ferdinand Anikwe, in Lagos on Sunday.
Anikwe explained that the language would be known as Africa’s Major Medium of Communication.
“A language will be agreed upon to be used as a medium of communication at conferences”, he said.
On dressing to AU meetings, he said that “Every representative of a country will come in the country’s attire and not in suit, which is the western dress sense.
“An individual should be identified with his or her country’s attire.”
The PACCB president added that these arrangements were aimed at having a united African continent.
He also said Diaspora Africa Treasure Area would be sited in four regions of the continent before the end of the year.
He explained that the treasure areas would be located in Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Africa, saying that the treasure areas are meant to exhibit the cultures of the peoples of these regions.
“Each of these centres would be staging exhibitions of each region’s cultures and traditional practices.
“We intend to make it one of its kinds in Africa.
“We would have representation of Nigeria’s various cultural practises, crafts, arts and every sector of our economy.
“An individual can go there and see everything that represents a group of people from a particular country.
“With this, our tourism sites will be easily advertised to all Africans who visit the regions.
“Each of the centres will exhibit
cultures of the entire African
countries.”, he noted.