I am pleased to join you for this dialogue on Africa’s future.
I welcome your focus on cultural identity.
This builds on the African Union’s theme for this year, highlighting the importance of arts, culture and heritage in building the Africa we want.
Culture is the flower of the human being – the fruit of our minds, the product of our traditions, the expression of our yearnings.
Its diversity is wondrous, part of the rich tapestry of civilization.