Francophone day: All about sharing language and culture

Francophone day: All about sharing language and culture

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A French food stall at the Francophonie day celebrations
A French food stall at the Francophonie day celebrations

By Denis Dibele
French influence in many African countries especially in West and North Africa is still present to date. The language and culture is evident in countries like DR Congo, Burundi and Guinea that were among the francophone countries that partner in the francophone day at the French School in Lugogo.
From food to drink and dance to dress code and language, it felt we were in a small French town somewhere in France. Scores of school going children within Kampala were at hand to perform to parents and well-wishers that turned up.

La Reference Orchestra performing (photo by Denis Dibele)
La Reference Orchestra performing (photo by Denis Dibele)

These children have mastered the French language and spew vocabularies that one would think it is another language from the aliens. City parents, Hill Side Naalya, Kampala Junior Academy, Smartie Learning Centre and Mother Care from Kasese had their pupils present a poem, music or dance at the French School that hosted the event this year.

Students of Umoja International French School in Congo perform a Mutwash dance (photo by Denis Dibele)
Students of Umoja International French School in Congo perform a Mutwash dance (photo by Denis Dibele)

Performances from the Burundian drummers, Afrie and band and the La Reference Orchestra kept the guest entertained. Afrie and band did a Maria Makeba’s rendition of Pata Pata while the la Orchestra had the rendition of DR Congo’s music maestro Kofi Olomide “Selfie”.

An acrobat from HICUP Uganda spits fire during a performance
An acrobat from HICUP Uganda spits fire during a performance

Speeches were read from the ambassadors of France, DR Congo, Burundi, Belgium, Guinea and the host school Ecole Francaise. All the emphasis was on culture and promoting the friendship and language. On display were foods from Madagascar, DR Congo, Burundi France and other French speaking countries with citizens living in Uganda.
A circus performance from the HICUP Uganda drew the attention of the children as they displayed some acrobatic maneuvers to their amazement. At the performance by students of Alliance Francaise, the French Ambassador to Uganda H.E Stephanie Rivoal joined them on stage and dance with the students.

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