São Paulo — The bishop of the church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the World, Afonso Nunes, Monday in São Paulo (Brazil) appealed to Africans in general and Angolans in particular, to devote to the study and training, with a view to a future of harmony, concord and peace.
The church leader made the appeal during the reception of the Black Race Trophy, at a ceremony sponsored by the Non-Governmental Organisation Afrobras and the "Zumbi dos Palmares" Faculty, in Brazil.
"May I thank God for assigning us this mission and Afrobras for having recognised that there is an African church, particularly Angolan, that has been working for the elevation of the black consciousness in the education and instruction of the blacks so they can occupy the place that is owed to them in the society," said bishop Nunes.
According to the bishop, it is worth working and making more effort in order for Angola to feel proud of having had men and women who fought for a country of fraternity, peace and harmony.
"In receiving this trophy, we have the obligation to continue working not to disappoint the aspirations of our ancestors who hand this legacy down to us to fight for the liberation of the African people in all respects, which is possible through education and training," he stressed.
The bishop also reiterated the determination to continue working to expand the unity between the black peoples of the African and American continents, particularly between Angolans and Afrobrazilians.
The Black Race Trophy which dedicated its 10th edition to Martin Luther King, was awarded to black and non-black personalities who devoted to the struggle for equality of rights and opportunities for all, regardless of their race, political or religious convictions.
Besides bishop Afonso Nunes, the ceremony honoured actors, musicians, politicians and conference people, with stress to the daughter of Martin Luther King, Berenice king.