Senegalese President Macky Sall inaugurated the Museum of Black Civilizations (MCN) in Dakar on Thursday, December 6th. Inspired by the traditional circular hut, MCN will hold 18,000 exhibits in an area of approximately 14,000 square meters.
Directed by Hamady Bocoum, MCN was designed to highlight “Africa’s cultural and scientific contributions to the world’s heritage.” One will find items ranging from remains of the first hominids that appeared in Africa several million years ago, to modern and contemporary creations. “It is a pan-African project, so there will be every facet of Africa”, said Bocoum.
This inauguration concretizes an idea nursed by the first Senegalese President Léopold Sedar Senghor, during the first World Festival of Black Arts in 1966. Now, 52 years later, his vision is finally coming to life.
Ernesto O. Ramirez, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO, explains that “this museum is a response to the aspirations of African children to better understand their collective past and gain a better understanding of other cultures. It is also an important step towards the realization of an Africa endowed with a strong cultural identity: a heritage, values and common ethics.”
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