More than 120 golfers from around the continent and beyond are participating in the Africa Confederation Golf Tournament taking place in Arusha.
The event at the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate at the foot of Tanzania’s second highest peak, Mount Meru.
Dubbed ‘Inspire Africa Golf Open,’ for both professional and amateur players, the event is part of the ongoing Festival of Major African Arts, Sports and Culture (FESTAC), taking place within the ‘Via-Via,’ grounds, along Boma Road in Arusha City.
It is organized through the ‘Festival of Major African Arts, Sports and Culture,’ in association with the Tanzania Golf Union.
The Union’s Handicap Secretary, Engineer Enock Magile, representing the TGU chairperson said the event is outside the annual National Golf Calendar but they have been requested by FESTAC organizers to participate in the sporting tourney.
Participants are from Costa-Rica, the United States of America, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, many attending the FESTAC festival events in Arusha which include other sporting events such as the ‘Inspire Soccer Camp,’ and Inspire ‘Basketball Camp.’
FESTAC experiences in Arusha are supported by Oryx Energies in Tanzania which is specialised in the storage and distribution of fuels, such as petroleum based fuels, Liquid Petroleum Gas and Lubricants. The Marketing Manager, Peter Ndomba said they are bankrolling the events to the tune of USD 5000.
The Chairperson of FESTAC Engineer Yinka Abioye said the festival is meant to bring together Africans from all over the world to build the spirit of Pan-Africanism through Arts, Culture and Sports.
“FESTAC which was founded back in 1966 has been taking place every two years and now we want the event to be staged in the months of May which is the official African Month,” he explained.
The Festival Of Major African Arts, Sports and Culture (FESTAC), is the continent’s Biggest festival and is a celebration of cultures and Heritage in the form of Arts, Fashion, Music, Story-telling, Poetry, film, short stories, Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Food, and Dance.
They are all accomplished through live performances from various countries in Africa and across the world sharing and showcasing their richness in their culture.