When artistes stood for the African dream


By ANNE MUCHEKE
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At a round-table session held to celebrate Prof Austin Bukenya a little over a fortnight ago, the subject of FESTAC ‘77, also known as the Second World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, repeatedly came up.

Veteran thespian Steenie Njoroge was in attendance at #BukenyaForum, and he had with him a copy of Kenya’s souvenir programme for FESTAC ’77, which was held from January 15 to February 12, 1977. When I saw it, almost 40 years after the event, I had this strong urge to make sense of our participation at that famous festival.

If you mention FESTAC in Nigeria, there are two places that immediately ring home. One, is the federal housing estate, located on the Lagos-Badagry expressway, initially created as the accommodation for delegates of the festival….

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