I am writing to you concerning your request to publish my TEDx talk with the exclusion of my last poem “WATER”. The talk, which was filmed at the TEDxStellenbosch “Think. Experience. Discover Africa” event on 05 September 2015, consisted of three of my poems which were all selected to begin a dialogue around the event’s theme, and draw attention to a movement such as #LUISTER which was and should have been at the centre of the town’s focus and conversation (including the TEDx event).
We kick start the month of May with the reminder that it was on the 25th of this month, in the year 1963 that the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As we hurtle toward the 52nd celebration of Africa Day on Monday 25th May 2015 we reflect on the work of the 30 leaders of the then 32 independent African States who signed the founding charter of the OAU and the wheels this body set in motion.