The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation announces Afeni Shakur’s upcoming visit to South Africa to deliver her son’s ashes on the 10th anniversary of his death.
The trip – from September 10th to 18th – will be an opportunity for Afeni to travel the country with her sister, Gloria Cox, and her daughter, Set Shakur, before and after bringing Tupac's ashes to Soweto, outside Johannesburg. S
oweto's historical significance as a birthplace of political stuggle and of human rights advocacy helped to decide the place for the honor.
Afeni was a section leader in the Black Panther Party and her involvement influenced Tupac immensely. At a very young age, he was aware of the struggles of black youth both in the United States and in Africa. Afeni will be honored for her contribution as an activist for the rights of black people and the oppressed all over, and for her unselfish gesture in bringing her son to Africa.
Afeni is scheduled to meet with world icon and former South African president Nelson Mandela. She hopes to develop a relationship between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
She will also be visiting with Kwaito star and actor Zola. The musician and activist will record vocals to be featured alongside Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac on a 10th Anniversary CD.
Said Afeni, “I feel blessed to be able to visit South Africa, especially Soweto. Events that happened there are so much a part of our history and it will be an honor for my son to rest in this special place, the birthplace of the South African struggle for democracy. Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the people of South Africa has been immeasurable and I look forward to helping with his work all over the country?”
The return of Tupac’s remains will be celebrated in a traditional African ceremony exactly 10 years after his death on September 13, 1996. In attendance will be prominent political leaders, representatives of the South African government, representatives of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and guests of the Shakur family.