Dear African Sisters and Brothers,
Today, 25 May 2018, we celebrate Africa Day, an event that is very special for us Africans to honor our unity, our pride and to express our love to this continent.
It is a Day of reflection. Are we faithful to the aspirations that we ourselves have formulated ? Are we faithful to the establishment of an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law firmly anchored on the cultural axis? (Agenda 2063, Aspirations 3 and 5) ?
To promote and ensure good governance, African Union has declared 2018 the « African Anti-Corruption year » (Project 2018) with the theme: “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path To Africa’s Transformation". It is a most relevant theme especially when we see the people in general, including art practitioners are victims of the torments of corruption. Corruption has ravaged the mental, social life and economies of many countries, causing the continent to be the most corrupt in the world. African nations appear at the bottom of Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index.
We all have experienced corruption at least once be it from high-level political graft on the scale of millions of dollars to low-level bribes be it from Government departments or Private sector. We all are responsible for the expansion of this practice and should all fully engage into the continental anti-corruption fight to restore integrity, reduce large income disparities and provide better quality services that meet citizens' expectations.
Arterial Network being part of the civil society and working toward the overall outreach and the sustainable development of the continent, we are willing to join the fight against corruption and contribute to achieving the anti-corruption goals through our creative forces. Art is one of the best societal mediators of difficult messages, it has always created a bridge between the comprehension and the expression of critical problems in society. With a contribution of US$4.2bn in revenues and more than 500,000 people employed (www.worldcreative.org), the creative sector has a big role to play in the development of our continent.
We remain convinced that the continent's culture and arts sector is taking and continues to take initiatives and get involved in this global challenge. We have used our inspirations, our talents, our know-how to sensitize our decision-makers, our politicians, our local communities to engage in the fight against corruption within the framework of their competences. We, the actors of the African creative sector can still do better and more to be models of citizens of integrity.
Africa needs its creatives to lead the way!!
Happy Africa Day!
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