Carnival Time in Luanda

An architect by training, Angolan businessman Joaquim Sebastiao is active in the construction, real estate, and public works industries in Luanda. Joaquim Sebastiao takes a particular interest in creating and producing social, religious, promotional, and other public events and festivals.

One of Angola’s most famous and popular festivals is the annual Carnival, which starts on the last weekend before Lent and lasts until Ash Wednesday. Dating back to 1857, Carnival in Luanda features an official parade, which is witnessed by the president and the members of his cabinet. This parade, which takes place on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, showcases spectacular floats, colorful costumes, extravagant headdresses and dance, music, and percussion. Song lyrics typically convey messages of peace, as well as political appeals and lighthearted jokes.

Carnival groups typically include a king and a queen as well as dancers, musicians, and occasionally a nurse who is dressed in white and serves as a symbol of purity. Other participants typically dress in red, yellow, and black—the national colors of Angola. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes.


Agribusiness in the Republic of Angola

A businessman in the Republic of Angola, Joaquim Sebastiao strives to support and develop the nation’s growing economy. As agribusiness holds much promise for what was once the world’s second-largest producer of coffee, Joaquim Sebastiao seeks to nurture the industry to Angola’s benefit.

What, exactly, does agribusiness mean to the South African nation of Angola? Encompassing a wide range of agricultural activities, the term agribusiness simply refers to the intersection of agriculture and business. In Angola, efforts have been undertaken since its government stabilized in 2002 to nurture and rebuild its agricultural industry and once again become a major player in the world market. This includes incentives for foreign companies to bring their knowledge to the country, but it also includes funding programs to help local farmers prosper.

Agribusiness is an important component to help Angola grow as a country and for its citizens to find prosperity and stability. A healthy agricultural sector means more opportunities for export and a more stable economy overall.