Africa Celebrates: An opportunity to focus on the abundance within our borders – Queen Aruk II

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Aruk 11, Obonganwan Marie Ikpeme Erete, has called on all Africans, to see Africa Celebrates, as an opportunity to focus on the continent’s abundance which are all within our borders.

The traditional ruler from Eniong Abatim in Odukpani local government area of Cross River, said this at the Day 3, grand finale event of Africa Celebrates, the West African regional event which took place yesterday at La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Lagos, Nigeria.

“It’s with immense pleasure and pride that I stand before you today to address the inaugural “Africa Celebrates” the West African regional event. This occasion marks a significant milestone in the narrative of our beloved continent—a narrative rich with diversity, resilience, and boundless potential,” said Queen Aruk 11.

“Africa, often painted with the broad brushstrokes of adversity and struggle, is a continent teeming with vibrancy, creativity, and Today, as we gather to celebrate the richness of our culture, heritage, and achievements, we shed light on the facets of Africa that often go unnoticed in mainstream narratives.

“This event isn’t just about revelling in our past glories or showcasing our present accomplishments. It’s about embracing the journey ahead—a journey marked by unity, innovation, and collective progress. For too long, Africa has been portrayed as a land of challenges, but today, we choose to focus on the opportunities that abound within our borders.”

Queen Aruk 11 who is also a renowned legal practitioner, noted that, “Africa Celebrates, is a platform to amplify the voices of the unsung heroes—the entrepreneurs, artists, activists, scientists, and everyday citizens who are shaping the narrative of our continent. It’s about recognizing their contributions and empowering them to continue driving positive change.


From the bustling streets of Lagos to the serene landscapes of the Serengeti, Africa is a tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions. It’s a mosaic where each piece contributes to the beauty of the whole. And today, we celebrate this diversity as our greatest strength—a source of resilience and innovation that fuels our collective journey forward.”

She however cried out that it is not enough for Africans to celebrate. She said tge celebration must be accompanied by a steadfast commitment to addressing the challenges that still plague the African continent.

“From poverty and inequality to political instability and environmental degradation, Africa faces its fair share of hurdles. Yet, in the face of adversity, we find strength in our unity, determination, and unwavering spirit.


As we come together to celebrate, let us also reaffirm our dedication to building a brighter future for all Africans. Let us pledge to support initiatives that promote education, healthcare, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. Let us work hand in hand to create a continent where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and fulfill their potential. Dr Wanle, I thank you for your hospitality. I pray for God’s continued guidance and stay in all your endeavours.

“Africa Celebrates is not just an event; it’s a movement—a movement rooted in the belief that our diversity is our strength, our heritage is our foundation, and our future is limitless. So let us raise our voices, beat our drums, and dance to the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat. For today, and every day, Africa celebrates!” Queen Aruk II, Obonganwan Marie Erete added.

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