Lessons from Luanda

The Africa Report - - QUARTER -

ap­pli­ca­tion skills is ‘The to build first of our [main ca­pac­ity tech­nol­ogy engi­neers goal] and through col­lab­o­ra­tions with different coun­tries’ space sci­en­tists and in­sti­tu­tions.’ SOLOMON BELAY TESSEMA

The di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Ethiopian Space Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy In­sti­tute has high hopes for the coun­try’s first Earth-ob­ser­va­tion satel­lite, which is due to be launched in Septem­ber with China’s help.

The An­golan gov­ern­ment, the African Union and UNESCO are work­ing to­gether to launch the in­au­gu­ral Luanda Bi­en­nale on 18-22 Septem­ber, which will fo­cus on the themes of peace and re­solv­ing con­flicts. It will fea­ture de­bates, con­certs and art ex­hi­bi­tions in­spired by those themes – like the work of Mozam­bi­can artist Gonçalo Mabunda (pictured above). With An­gola’s civil war hav­ing ended in 2002, topics like rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and co­op­er­a­tion amongst for­mer en­e­mies are es­pe­cially ger­mane for the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. An­gola’s cul­ture min­is­ter Carolina Cerqueira, in of­fice since 2016, is a driv­ing force be­hind the Bi­en­nale.

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