AFAM was established in 2002 with the aim of promoting social interaction between the Africans in the Miyagi Prefecture and the Japanese community. It is the only registered African association in Miyagi that is fully recognized by all relevant bodies dealing with Africans in Miyagi. We organize public seminars on Africa Development, events and activities which promote African values and culture through performances and service work in the local community.
- We welcome African international students who come to study in the Universities in the Tohoku Region and offer support to help them settle in.
- We cooperate with institutions like JICA and local companies to organize public seminar on Africa Development and study tour for foreign students.
- We actively participate in the events held by the local government and city hall / ward office.
- We visit nursing homes and interact/exchange with the senior citizens through singing and dancing to portray African values.
The association has a mission to act as the main body to support the internationalization concept not only of Miyagi but all of the Tohoku region through events, public seminars and the like. Currently there are several African students in the universities in the Tohoku region and AFAM will serve as a union organization to network with all the Africans in the region.
AFAM participate in citizens activities, work with the local governments and organizations to deepen the understanding of the Japanese community regarding African values and culture and also assist in the regeneration activities of the Tohoku region.
In November 2016, AFAM ran a contest for a Logo design through the website of the association and members responded overwhelmingly. We made the final selection among the various designs we had according to the general acceptance of members through online pooling and settled on the majority vote. We are privileged to introduce the one whose design won the majority vote and the concept behind the Logo.
The logo was designed by Abdeli Hamza. Born on February 1990 in Algeria. Studied Electrical Engineering in Algeria and got a State Engineer Diploma. He later pursued a Master Degree in Robotics in France, and presently in Tohoku University pursuing a PhD in Robotic Engineering, in the Prof. Shuji Tanaka’s MEMS laboratory. In his own words; “I am interested in art and design. I used to draw when I was a kid and that became a passion when I grew up. Now using computer I try to make some designs of logos, posters and the like for fun and as hobby”.
The Concept of AFAM Logo
Some Africans feel that Japan is in another planet and that is because of the geographical distance between Africa and Japan, and the same thing goes for some Japanese. Africans in Japan, particularly in Miyagi prefecture, are willing to change the mind-set about this by introducing the African culture through various voluntary activities to help reduce the distance between the two people and bring them to same world. That is what the Logo means.
In the Logo, Japan and Africa are close and not far anymore. Each color of the flag represents something unique. The red represent the love that holds together Africa and Japan in one globe. The globe means unity. The black represents the African culture and the white represents the Japanese culture. In the Logo Japan took the black color while Africa took the white color, which signifies the exchange between the two.
Therefore the meaning of the Logo is “Love, exchange, and unity”.