Issue No. 337, August 2017
The Africa Connection
The African Drumming Session at the site for the Africa pavilion With 55 countries, about 3,000 ethnic groups and about 2,000 languages, Africa is a continent of massive diversity. It is said that the genetic difference between two Africans is often more than the genetic difference between a Chinese and a Czech. Therefore, representing Africa and its diversity is critical to the project of human unity that is Auroville. Auroville Today caught up with Tahir Kedir, one of the project holders, to understand the past, present and likely future of the Africa Pavilion. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you grew up, your family. How did you come to Auroville? I was born in Shashamane, a town about 250 kms from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. I was raised within a very large family and my father, mother, brothers and sisters were a major influence on me. My father was engaged with many aspects of life in our town – religion, farming and busines...