Friday, January 21, 2011

Cameroon Writers and Egypt Writers Sign Cooperation agreement

By Cameroon Link,
Email: The Cameroon Writers Association and the Egyptian Writers Union have signed a cooperation agreement to pursue informed and more comprehensive knowledge of literature and culture of the peoples of Cameroon and Egypt. James Achanyi-Fontem of Cameroon Link/Writers Association signed for Cameroon and Mohamed Salmawy of the Union of Egyptian Writers signed for his country in the presence of the Governor of Luxor, Dr. Farag and over 150 writers from Africa and Arab regions.
The occasion was organized within the celebration of the 2011 Thebes International Cultural Festival held in Luxor, Egypt annually. Within the frame work of the agreement, both parties will regularly exchange the latest developments in the field of literature and literary works and make proposals for translation of special works of common interest.
The cooperation agreement will also lead to the organization of joint travel study visits for four writers from each country for a period not longer than one week annually, and participate in the exposure of literary works during seminars or festivals and conference at international level. 150 delegates from over 25 countries from the Africa and Arab regions took part in the Thebes International Cultural Festival held in Luxor, Egypt from the 16th – 19th January 2011. The theme of the festival was ‘’The Nile in African Cultures’’ The festival is organized annually by the Writers’ Union of Egypt and the governorate of Luxor and sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.
During the inaugural ceremony of the festival, the representative of the African Group of Writers, James Achanyi-Fontem, told the audience that the Nile River has a long history and everything that surrounds it is history. According to the Executive Director of Cameroon, who doubled as the President of the Cameroon Writers Association, the Nile River Valley has played a unique role in Human history because of its special ecology, featuring the annual overflow of rich soil from the Great Lakes regions of Central Africa.
The banks of the Nile has been able to support intensive agricultural development for Food surpluses and the concentration of populations migrating from parts of Africa and Asia that laid the foundation of Nile Valley Civilization.
The special combination of African peoples, the Sun, the fertile land and the Nile River are blended together to produce the greatest civilization of the Ancient World of the Nile we admire today. The enormous impact of the High Culture of the Nile Valley on Africa, Asia, and Europe has not been fully appreciated and that is why we have all come to Luxor on the occasion of the Thebes International Cultural Festival to support our brothers and sisters of Egypt to valorize the successes achieved so far. The latest scientific discoveries have helped to reveal the significance of the value systems, the traditions and institutions that were produced in the Nile Valley and spread to various parts of Africa and the world.
Recent discoveries have established Africa as the site of the earliest domestication of grains and cattle, several thousand years before similar domestication took place in Western Asia around Mesopotamia The new evidence along with older findings and the existing monuments, temples, tombs and pyramids have firmly established Egypt-Nubia-Ethiopia in the Nile Valley as the Cradle of Civilization.
These developments of African peoples of the Nile Valley became the foundation for the cultural progress of various groups in Africa and provide the basis for the cultural unity of Africa through its traditions and institutions. These developments can be seen through the existence of a Communal, Cooperative and Collective value system throughout the continent.
African social structure has functioned through the extended family system with a unique preservation of the spirit of the ancestors. It is this African value system that became the basis of Nile Valley Civilization and explains the monumental building of temples, tombs, and pyramids and the need to produce sacred writing and literature, medicine, and mathematics, art and architecture.
All of these developments have left a Golden Legacy for the Ancient World which not only nurtured Africa, but inspired the early Hebrews and Greeks who sojourned in the Nile Valley.
The Niger River system flows more than two thousand miles through West Africa from the highlands of the Republic of Guinea to Mali, Niger, Benin and finally empties into the Atlantic Ocean along the Nigerian Coast.
The river actually splits the Republic of Nigeria, one of Africa's most important nations, into two halves and is the source of its name. During the Medieval Period from 1,000 A.D. to 1,600 A.D., the Niger River Valley was the center of African Islamic Civilization that produced the great Empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhay which were famous for their gold trade across the Sahara with the Mediterranean world.
This Sudanic Civilization with its mixture of traditional African cultural systems and Islam was based on agricultural development combined with extensive commercial activity in several city-states, such as Kumbi-Kumbi, Gao, Mopti, and others.
Several Arab scholars visited these empires and wrote about their prosperity, the peace and safety throughout the land and the fairness of their systems of justice and administration. The Congo River system is one of the World's greatest watersheds and rivals the Amazon River Valley. It is the center of the great rain forest or so-called jungle that is located in Central Africa region.
The Zambezi River Valley is located in Southern Africa and has played a crucial role in colonial and contemporary developments. The Zambezi River Valley and the Southern Africa region are so rich in vital mineral deposits that are absolutely necessary for the continued development of high technology in the Western World and Japan.

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