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African Soccer Tournament: A Message from the ACSCA President

5 June 2008 at 02:37 | 1154 views

For over ten years now the African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association (ACSCA) has been organizing an annual soccer and cultural extravangaza that has been enjoyed by all the different communities of Vancouver, British Columbia and its environs. This year ACSCA plans a bigger soccer tournament and a bigger cultural feast with music, food and dance from the different parts of Africa.
In this message, ACSCA president Patrick Obaze(pictured) gives a hint of what’s in store:

Dear Friend,

The Executive Committee and members of the African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association would like to formally invite you, your community and association to the 2008 African Soccer Tournament and Cultural Festivities to be held on the 12th and 13th of July 2008 here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

As you might be aware, this event is held annually and draws huge crowds from various racial,multicultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. It is an even worth attending and we are working diligently in a concerted effort to maintain it as a common achievement for us all.

As we all understand, it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to break the barriers of racism and systemic discrimination and strive to achieve full emanicpation through embracing the values and ideals of multiculturalism thereby giving every one the opportunity to be open through the freedom and confidence that will allow us to participate fully in the economic, social-cultural and political life of British Columbia and Canada as a whole.

This is a call of duty to all of us. Let’s come out and step forward with initiative, creativity,and confidence to demonstrate our worth as practical achievers. Let’s together put our African Culture, with its vastly rich, diverse and varied attributes, permanently on the Canadian Cultural Map. This is our overriding imperative. It is a task we must accomplish and our task is not done and our freedom is not attained until we tear down the last vestiges, the barriers and shackles that keep us down and prevent us from becoming full members of society with equal rights and oportunities.

Let’s do this for ourselves, and most importantly, let’s do this for posterity. Again, we all know,it’s indisputable that our continuity rests with our children. We must lay the foundation for a better life,something we can hand over to them with pride. They will carry the torch forward and look back at us full of appreciation and gratitude for the way we would have played our part. History will also acknowledge and judge us fairly if we do the right things.

We should all bear in mind one thing: that failure to do the right things will place us in the harsh historical position of being a generation that failed to attain full emancipation and integration into Canadian society; thus a generation that puts everybody else at a disadvantage and disenfranchisement.

In the light of this, we would like to assure you that the African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association is fully aware of the enormity of the tasks that await all of us and as a result, has adopted as its principal policy to provide an opportunity and avenue for the various African communities in British Columbia to showcase their rich cultures. It is our greatest hope that you recognize this strategic opportunity to establish parallel festivities that people would look forward to and celebrate while enjoying the African flavour and atmosphere.

Dear Friend,
We call on you in trust and confidence. Be part of this Great Historical Initiative to hold on to the wheel of progress; give it a clear and positive direction and roll it along the path of total and full advancement. This is your opportunity, this is your time, make the best use of it.

Come one, Come all!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 1800 417 1790 ext.101.

Patrick Obaze
President, ACSCA
On behalf of the Executive Committee.

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