Happy Independence Day to all Zimbabweans everywhere!
Celebrating the country’s 33rd independence day today, April 18th, 2013, the country formerly colonized by the British in and known as Southern Rhodesia and later simply ‘Rhodesia’, after Cecil Rhodes, the southern African state gained independence in 1980. It had been a British colony since 1889.
At the independence day celebrations in April 1980, held in the capital Salisbury that would later be renamed as Harare in 1982, many foreign signatories were present including President of Botswana Seretse Khama, Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, Nigerian President Shehu Shagari and Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi.
Bob Marley, invited by the government of Zimbabwe headed by President Canaan Banana and Robert Mugabe as Prime Minister, performed a song he’d written for the historic occasion called ‘Zimbabwe’.
President Shagari of Nigeria pledged $15 million at the celebration to train Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe and expatriates in Nigeria.
Julien Sinzogan was born in 1957 in Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin. He studied architecture in Paris at the École Spéciale des Travaux Public, and lives and works in France.
Sinzogan’s work expresses the way of life informed and inspired by the Yoruba divinatory and religious system known as Ifa. The Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin in West Africa see life as taking a cyclical trajectory through which individuals experience the tangible world (aye), depart to the spirit world (orun) and are reborn. Sinzogan’s works explore the journeys between these different but closely related worlds. The voyages between such realms lie at the heart of religious practice across much of the Atlantic world, a world forever shaped by another voyage: the middle passage of the Atlantic slave trade.
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