By Jadini Nzomo, BBC correspondent
ALAMAU 2017 welcomes all the delegates with an extremely vibrant opening ceremony with eccentric music from different parts of Africa with the dancing making truly amazing first impression. The opening ceremony was officially kicked off by the ALA choir, ALApella, which captured the audience’s attention with two songs, one sung in Swahili about the desire for Africa to be at the top.
Following the choir was a passionate speech by the dean of the academy, Hatim Eltayeb, which deliberated upon the fact that practice is the way to success. He gives us his past experiences from conferences that he has attended and explains what attributes in all delegates will be developed during this conference.
Shortly after was an inspiring speech from the director of international relations council, Mr Faith Abiodun. He begins with informing us
about current affairs in Africa at the moment and uses this to stress the fact that we don’t have time and must put our ideas together to make change in Africa. We, the youth, must put our ideas together to make change in Africa and we cannot wait to be adults to create change.
Mr Deprose Muchena, the key note speaker, emphasizes the fact that Africa has the fastest growing economies with an economic growth of 5% every year but we don’t take advantage our privileges such as land and natural resources to boost development Africa. He goes on to explain how we, Africans, are destroying each other and succumbing to the idea that we are impoverished and have nothing to offer. He fought these ideas using quotes from revolutionaries such as Kwame Nkurumah, he planted the idea that corruption could be tarnished if we, the generation of today, make a difference. Mr Muchena, in conclusion, insisted that the limitation of our mind may only hinder us from progressing to a better Africa.