The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela honored on Wednesday night, March 11, the second anniversary of the death of President Hugo Chavez, with an exhibition of photographs of prominent African political leaders and a forum specifically dedicated to the figure of the deceased president.
The exhibition had photographs of leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Amilcar Cabral, Agostino Neto, Kwame Nkrumah, Olofunmilayo Ransome and Tomas Sankara, among others. The event began with the screening of a video in memory of Hugo Chavez during his message at the celebration of the ASA Summit in 2013.
During the forum there were four presentations. Lorenzo Alfaro Bico, member of the Obiang Nguema Mbasogo-Amilcar Cabral Foundation, summarized the political thought of Chavez, who he said gave the best of himself to denounce injustice, adding that his disappearance is a big loss in the global political arena. He also appealed to the continuity of South-to-South cooperation.
The second presentation corresponded to Alina Adama, counselor of the Embassy of Cuba, who said the deceased Venezuelan president will be eternally remembered. Meanwhile, Carmela Oyono alluded to what the African continent is today, that despite being the cradle of humanity, it is being exploited, abandoned and forgotten. She also stated that South America and Africa share historical ties of brotherhood.
The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Daniel Laya Cartaya, said that the exhibit’s portraits bring African culture closer, and said his country has solidarity and shares what it has, not what is left over. “This forum is very important, because from Venezuela, the Caribbean and Africa we say we want peace and Venezuela is not a threat, because in all its history it has not caused any war,” he said.
Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
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