‘Let us be proud of our Creole identity’ says Seychelles Minister St.Ange in his message for International Creole Day 28th October
On the occasion of the International Creole Day on October 28, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange has called on the people of Seychelles to always be proud of their Creole identity and keep living their Creole values.
Minister St.Ange said Seychelles must remain a society that is proud of its identity and culture.
He added that it has been 30 years since the government took the decision to officially recognise our Creole culture in all its aspects.
In fact the government of Seychelles had since 1980 started working on policies to give creole its rightful place and importance firstly by making it one of the island’s three national official languages and then including it in the teaching and learning process in the Seychelles education system.
Minister St.Ange added that this has made the Seychellois proud as a nation.
“In 1985, the decision was taken for Seychelles to celebrate its Creole Day and to make this day become a week-long festival which we now call the Festival Kreol,” the Minister said.
“Festival Kreol allows us to showcase our creole way of life and everything which makes our unique culture. Nowadays, many Seychellois are mandated to represent Seychelles at international level. They are able at such conferences to show to the world their pride and belief in our Creole language and culture. For us Creole is not only our language; it is our way of life, what we speak, eat, wear, sing, dance, paint and all that we are” Minister Alain St.Ange added before saying “Long live the creole way of life and let us preserve what for the future of our country” Minister St.Ange said.