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Of all the government bookings I have captured over 14 years, the most auspicious occasion has to be The 5th Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians – Africa Region Conference. It was quite an honour to be asked to cover this 4 day event, starting with their full day conferences, a gala dinner and closing cocktail party, all held in spectacular style at the ICC (International Conference Centre) in East London. Below are images I captured of events that unfolded during the conference. Women MP’s from 52 African states, represented their countries such as Hon Mary Salifu Boforo (Ghana), Ms. Lucia Witbooi (Namibia), Conie Bwinda (member of Parliament of Rwanda), Hon Uduak Akiba (Namibia), Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga (Uganda), Hon Princess Christina Alaaga (Nigeria), Hon Jean Kapata (Zambia), Hon Beatrice Shellukindo (Tanzania), Hon Siphiwe Kunene (Swaziland), Ms Thapelo Chiloane (member of the National Assembly – South Africa), Hon Fikile D Xasa (Eastern Cape Provincial Legistlature), Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo (Deputy speaker of SA’s National Assembly, Mr. Pumelele Ndamase (Secretary to EC Provincial Legislature), Ms Nomvuso-Cingo and Ms Neo Moerane (EC MPL’s).  Other countries represented were Uganda, Zambia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Mauritius, Rwanda, Kenya, to name just a few. An eventful itinerary was compiled for the first day of conferencing, which included excursions to sites such as Steve Biko Foundation, Bisho Massacre Memorial Site and the House of Traditional Healers.  Day 2 of conferencing included children from various primary schools in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality who acted as flag-bearers for every state/country. These youngsters looked so impressive as they stood in a perfect line and welcomed delegates as they arrived. We all felt proud to be a part of such a momentous event. Delegates were entertained by the Masakhane Indigenous Cultural Group, SAP Band and a choir.  I left day one of the 5th CWP on a high.

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