May 25th, which is the founding date of African Union Organization, is celebrated as Africa Day all over the world. May 25th African Day Ceremony was hosted by our university for the second time. This year's honored guests were President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's wife, Emine Erdoğan, and the wife of the President of the Republic of Guinea, Hadja Djene Kaba Conde.
The Vice Rector of Gazi University and the Director of the Center for the Study of the Mediterranean Basin and the African Civilizations (GAKAF) Prof. Dr. Suna Ağıldere stated that the documentary "Morocco and Tunisia from the trail of a science and civilization tradition" was prepared in Turkish, French, Arabic and English and the documentary was delivered to publishing institution, TRT. She also said that the permission of the filming of the Zambian documentary was completed and necessary procedure was started for the permission for Algeria and Djibouti documentaries.
Prof. Dr. Ağıldere said "Within the scope of the "Mevlana Academician and Student Exchange Program", in which the Higher Education Council has started to include the continent of Africa, two young women academicians have been invited to the research project under the division of "Translation and Cultural Studies" at the world famous Habib Bourguiba Living Language Institute of Tunisia El Manar University". Ağıldere also mentioned that the second event of the "Turkey-Africa Meetings at the Crossroads of Science and Culture", would be realized in Tunisia which is the hometown of Ibn Khaldun and Keyrevan, in which Fatma Al-Fihri - who founded the first university in the world- was born, in October.
Mrs. Pauline Tshidimba, the President of African Ambassador's Spouses Association, said the African House was a demonstration of friendship ties between Turkey and Africa, expressing satisfaction with the celebration of the first anniversary of the African House Handicrafts Market and Cultural Center. "African Culture House gave us the opportunity to introduce our Turkish girls and brothers and sisters to us through art," Tshidimba said. She also said that in the coming days, they would reach more people with different events to be organized in Africa House.
Our rector Prof. Dr. İbrahim Uslan, who started his speech by giving information about our university, emphasized that one of the most important of the 5 Research Centers operating in Turkey on African studies is at Gazi University. He also said "2013 of our students studying at Gazi University prefer our university from 98 countries of the world. About 15% students are our science and culture ambassadors who prefer our University from 18 different countries of Africa and they will establish the strongest and lasting ties between Turkey and Africa, and they are very valuable to us."
The honorary guest of the program, Hadja Djene Kaba Conde, the wife of the President of the Republic of Guinea, said, "The perfect relationship between Turkey and Guinea is the reflection of the relations of the Presidents of the two countries." She also added "This project will contribute to the development of African handicrafts and the African House Handicrafts Market and Cultural Center will help to discover and appreciate African cultures."
Speaking in the program, Emine Erdoğan, the wife of the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said "African House Handicrafts Market and Cultural Center, which we opened last year, is the indicator of our friendship with Africa." She added "The interest of the Turkish people to Africa is based not on the outcome but on the ties of hearts. Today, as we have in the past, we desire to build, rehabilitate and share."
GAKAF presented Emine Erdoğan with the "Person of the Year" award for her support for the "African House Handicrafts Market and Cultural Center Project". Also, in the the program organized for the May 25th African Day, the "Institution of the Year" award was given to the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, the Turkish Red Crescent, Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History, African Ambassador's Spouses Association (ASHOM) and the Turkish Religious Foundation which helped to enhance cultural and social relations with Africa.
In the award ceremony, TIKA President Dr. Serdar Çam, the President of Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History Prof. Dr. Derya Örs, the President of the Turkish Red Crescent Kerem Kınık, the President of ASHOM Pauline Tshidimba and General Manager of Turkish Religious Foundation Mustafa Tutkun received their awards from Emine Erdoğan.
At the end of the program, the famous Guinean vocalist and korean performer Mory Kanté gave a mini concert.
Following the concert, Emine Erdoğan and accompanying delegation visited "the Ottoman-North and West Africa Relations Exhibition with Documents" and then they opened the gastronomic event organized for the benefit of Southern Sudan.
24.05.2017 / Consultancy of Press and Public Relations