SENIOR STAFF WRITER
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured, yesterday launched the first edition of the Africa Factbook, describing it as a tool that will dispel myths and beliefs that the African continent is always in conflict and crisis.
“We have given more to the world than take from it. In the Factbook, we see that Africans have always sought human progress, neighbourly co-existence and common goals. Even today, we must dispel the myths and perspectives of a continent in perpetual conflict and crises. Africa intellectuals have a special contribution to make in the development of our mother continent, Mnangagwa said.
“It will contribute towards the cultural, educational, mental and economic emancipation of African people. The continued narratives and myths which must be debunked vary from time to time across generations. Some purport that the people of Africa have no history and that our monuments were not built by us indigenous local people in this continent, while other myths are that we are not innovators or inventors,” Mnangagwa said.
“The history of the world and the endeavour of the human race are told through stories of people and their cultures. Some stories are well known and some are still to be told. For centuries, Africa’s story has been told by others, often by those who have occupied our land and subjugated our people. The time has come for the African voice to be heard.“The Africa Factbook is a response to 600 years of silence while others spoke on our behalf. As a result, there is a pervasive myth that Africa is a place of war, hunger, disease and backwardness. It is presented as a continent without a history of its own and with few prospects on a prosperous and peaceful future,” he said.“As part of our efforts to end poverty and build a better future, we need to present Africa as it is, as it was and how we wish it to be. We must challenge the myths that have for too long stood in the way of international cooperation, friendship, development and investment by making the authentic voice of Africa heard more clearly on the global stage.”