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From Uganda to Nigeria, activists called on their governments to remove the names of invaders from the streets



From Uganda to Nigeria, activists called on their governments to remove the names of invaders from the streets

In the heart of the capital city of Kampala, another road called King George VI brings visitors and MPs to the country’s parliament.

Originally called Kazinga National Park, the most popular game reserve in Uganda is renamed after Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the king’s visit to the British colony in 1954.
The streets and monuments named after the British colonialists and kings can be found throughout Uganda, a former British colony, according to campaigners, who said it was time to erase and change their names.

They have petitioned lawmakers to trigger a legislative process to change the name of this landmark after their national hero.

“There are local names for these parks, lakes, roads and landmarks before they were named after many members of the British royal family throughout Uganda. That’s just a problem,” said human rights lawyer Apollo Makubuya, who led the campaign.

Makubuya told CNN that there was no justification for the continued appearance of this landmark in Uganda even after gaining independence from Britain.

An inhuman past

Campaign hopes that global calculation who followed the assassination of George Floyd and saw statues of men involved in the overturned slave trade in the US throughout Europe will reignite the urge to “decolonization” country.

“We don’t want to damage or take the route of knocking down statues or monuments, that’s why we talked to the government,” Makubaya told CNN.

Makubuya said the streets and monuments were named after Sir Frederick Lugard, which he said was “responsible for some humane degrading treatment,” remained in Uganda and Nigeria, glorifying its colonial conquests in Africa.

Lugard, who is believed to continue British imperialism in West and East Africa, ruled regions in Nigeria for years in the 20th century. A street in the commercial city of Lagos is named after him.

This week, lawmakers in the port city, which holds relics where slaves are transported abroad, ask authorities to change the landmark colonialist name.

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The push was not an attempt to rewrite history, said Lagos assembly speaker Mudashiru Obasa.

Still they have it “inhuman ‘” Africans should not be celebrated, said Obasa, adding that some monuments are a reminder of the activities of slave masters.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and roads. Some names remind us of people who enslave our people,” Obasa said.

“We need to change the name, but that doesn’t affect our history. We have to look at its history,” he said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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