Storytellers for Peace

Storytellers for Peace
Making peace through stories

Thursday, April 27, 2017

TAKS Community Art Centre

Today I’m glad to write about the TAKS Community Art Centre, from Gulu, Northern Uganda.
This a great initiative from Africa, that has such a wonderful Mission Statement: To engage the

people of Northern Uganda in the creative Arts so that they can reaffirm the richness of their culture, reassert their humanity, reestablish the value of their education, take pride in themselves and develop the skills which will help them find new options for their lives and eventually employment.
I think that is a very noble project and I visited the Youtube Channel too.
In particular, I appreciated the promotional video, but moreover the idea of sharing personal storytelling about women with a lot of memories to give, like Abwoyo Alice.
From the clip description: Most African people have always been convinced that when it comes to matters of serious brain work, it is only men who can handle them. However, with most traditions and cultures relaxing under the weight of development and enlightenment, women started gaining more access onto the public domain, exercising their God-given talents and qualities, hence proving such ancient beliefs wrong.
In Africa, oral transmission of tradition and culture has been the major means of preserving culture. However, this is almost totally phased out due to the various means of communication, precursor by writing. This explains why many traditional African societies lost their cultures. In Acholi sub-region, it is usually the elderly men who carry such wealth of the olden tradition, rich in knowledge and information. But one exceptional woman has beaten the odds and come out to show what a wealth of information she is to the people
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