On October 24, 1964 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) became independent after decades of British colonial rule. Zambians celebrate October 24, every year, to remember the sacrifices the brave men and women made that led to independent rule. In addition Zambians celebrate the peace, unity and various freedoms they continue to enjoy after independence.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Zambia’s independence. At independence Zambia had one of the most poorly developed education systems of Britain’s former colonies with just 109 university graduates and less than 0.5 percent of the population estimated to have completed primary education. Today there are thousands of university graduates and literacy rate is at about 78.2%. The Economist earlier this year identified Zambia as one of the fastest economies in the world at 7.5% GDP. Apart from a few skirmishes during and after each election cycle, Zambia has remained relatively peaceful since independence. Zambia has experienced three peaceful transitions from one ruling political party to another.
To mark this momentous occasion, The Association of Zambians in British Columbia (ZAMBC) will host a celebration dinner at the Elks Hall in Port Coquitlam on October 25 starting at 6pm. We are inviting the Afro News readership, their families and friends in and out of British Columbia, to come and support this event.
During the event, guests will be treated to a delicious dinner, performances by our Zambian musician – Izzy Majestic, African inspired traditional drummers, youth performances, guest speakers and music to cater to the entire audience by DJ Sau. In addition, there will be a Silent Auction where guests will be afforded the opportunity to walk away with excellent bargains on a variety of products donated by our supporters.
The Association of Zambians in British Columbia (ZamBC) WWW.ZAMBC.CA was founded in 2009. The general membership of the association consists of individuals of Zambian dissent and other nationalities with interest in Zambia. Among the association’s objectives is to initiate, build and sustain unity within the growing Zambian community in British Columbia. The association also provides a forum for Zambian and other nationals resident in British Columbia with interest in Zambia.
For tickets, please contact Anthony Mumba on email firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone 604-374-5052