The Herald (Harare)

Africa: Book On Africa's Successes to Be Launched

The African Mobility Organisation is to launch a Book of African Records, a publication that will bring achievements of Africans in the field of science, humanities, sport, statecraft and religion among other disciplines.

The launch, slated for today, is a first of its kind not only in Zimbabwe but in Africa as a whole.

"We look forward to have a great, memorable day as the BAR project is an initiative that we have been waiting to have for centuries in the continent.

"We would like to extend our invitation to all stakeholders, interested organisations and citizens to join the celebration on a day that will mark the beginning of record keeping of Africa's successes, while at the same time revising the distorted image of Africa," Errol Muzawazi, editor-in-chief, said.

He said BAR's mission was to celebrate the greatest deeds by the African people whilst serving as a positive change agent against modern media portrayal of the African continent as home to war, disease, hunger, and corruption.

"Through the literature provided, BAR will award the great continent's people an understanding and appreciation of the achievements they made, a history of their victories, outstanding capabilities by Africans.

"Over the years, Africa has attracted negative publicity by the media, a development which is attributable to the lack of existing record of the other side of Africa in libraries and history books," Muzawazi said.

The initiative, he said, sought to enhance the world's appreciation of the beauty of Africa, noting down their accomplishments and putting them in one consolidated document that will be the point of reference for many.

Project co-ordinator Mazvita Debra Kubwalo said the book will commence by organising the scattered records of Africa's successes into one comprehensive document but with the intention of tracing the lost history and success stories that never found their way into any library or the media.

"Through the work of our researchers, we anticipate to break the record of having come to 10 000 African records by the end of the year, and hope to increase the record even further as time goes on," she said.

The African Mobility Organisation was founded by Muzawazi, a vibrant and ambitious young man who claimed a place in the Junior Chamber International 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the Year 2011 after he became the first black African to cross the African continent by land, travelling through 21 countries within a period of six months!

The adventure shaped his understanding that Africa was endowed with a lot of potential and hope.

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