First Lady Emine Erdoğan attended the launch event of “African Proverbs in 38 Languages Anthology: 1”, which was published by the African Handicrafts Market and Culture House on the occasion of 24 January World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture.
First Lady Erdoğan delivered a speech at the event held at the Nation’s Library.
Recalling that Turkey had launched its Africa initiative in 2005, First lady Erdoğan said the relations between Turkey and Africa had increasingly been strengthened since then, and that such Turkish institutions as the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Yunus Emre Institute, Turkish Maarif Foundation, the Turkish Red Crescent and Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities had extended a friendly help to the continent.
Pointing to the historical roots of Turkey’s Africa initiative, First Lady Erdoğan said: “We love Africa as a whole, and it is our happiness that we see the same affection in every face we look at.”
Describing proverbs as the most important source of verbal folk culture, First Lady Erdoğan said although proverbs belonged to the geography they were born in, they were a source of wisdom for the entire world, and that proverbs of a society told others about the experiences of that society.