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Association of Cuban residents in Portugal recalls ties with Africa

Association of Cuban residents in Portugal recalls ties with Africa

Lisbon, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba-Subsidiary in Portugal on Tuesday recalled its country's ties with Africa on Africa Day, May 25.
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Everybody is of African descent because they come from Mother Africa, their diaspora in Latin America and the world, the group said in a statement.

Ghanaian poet Atukwei Okai said that Cuba is African and Africa cannot be understood without Cuba; and African culture is undoubtedly an essential component of our identity, he recalled.

He also pointed out that this process of transculturation, as Cuban ethnologist Fernando Ortiz called it, defined the bonds between the African and Cuban peoples throughout history.

Our historical relations date back to the era of the transatlantic slave trade; historical ties, which were further boosted after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and with the support of its leader, Fidel Castro, he explained in the text.

Cuba, he added, has a long history of struggle for the sovereignty of African countries. At the same time, he highlighted the technical assistance provided by this country in pursuit of African countries’ sustainable development.

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