Bizcommunity: “The launch of the World Festival of Black Arts (FESMAN) on 22 January 2009 at the United Nations headquarters provided a glimpse of what promises to be the revival of rich tradition and cultural celebration across the African continent.
With speakers as diverse as Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition to Akon, international singer-songwriter and producer, the FESMAN kickoff was a show of music, applause and hopeful voices calling for a united Africa.
Held in part to promote peace, culture and development, the festival could not be held at a more prescient time in African history. “This world festival of black art will be held in a global context marked by a change in paradigms and questions about world economic governance. The world is facing many questions to which we must provide relevant answers,” said keynote speaker President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.”