Bay organisation InkuluFreeHeid is presenting its second annual Fruits of Democracy awards evening at the Athenaeum in Central on Friday, September 23.
Port Elizabeth artists Poetic Soul, Blaq Tye and Umle will perform on the night and there will also be a panel discussion on the subject “Speaking my truth. Owning my awesome. Living my heritage”.
InkuluFreeHeid event coordinator Olwam Mnqwazi said the event was geared to recognise the positive efforts of young citizens in the metro, and a panel would choose award winners, to be recognised on the night.
Mnqwazi hopes the project will grow to be a provincial programme, noting that it focused on “the previously disadvantaged areas” although “shining stars” were invited from all walks of life in the Bay.
“PE has produced internationally acclaimed leaders, artists and sports men and women who continue to make an enormous contribution into the developing South Africa,” he said.
“PE’s influence includes current research work in many disciplines by the city’s university [NMMU] which bears the name of the greatest icon of our time, Tat’uNelson Rholihlahla Mandela.
“These young people bear in them the DNA and the narrative of our city that is hung on the walls of the Red Location Museum and which is engraved in the memories of the generation that has gone before them.
“The night of celebrating and flagging our ‘Fruits of Democracy’ seeks to bring awareness of this historical context, reconcile the past with the present and encourage our youth to do greater things in patronage of their past and origins.
“This event is an annual event that seeks to be a cultural marker of young people in NMB.”
Young achievers would be highlighted in the fields of education, health, sports, arts and culture, politics and public service, a religious organisation, business or community.
More than 80 young people attended the first Fruits of Democracy last year and its success encouraged IFH to “celebrate and flag the great talents” again this year.
InkuluFreeHeid is an NPO with patrons Njongonkulu Ndungane and Ahmed Kathrada.
Friday’s celebration starts at 6pm, Mandilakhe Nontenja is the programme director and Sesethu Gqomo the host.
More information from Mnqwazi at firstname.lastname@example.org, 081-041-7381 or Gqomo at sesethu. email@example.com, 074-754-0960.