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More than 30 scholars from Africa and the Diaspora are expected in Harare today for a three-day conference to promote African unity organised by the Zimbabwe division of the Afrocentricity International.

Executive secretary of the Zimbabwe division, Dr Tavengwa Gwekwerere, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, said the conference was coming at a time Africa was experiencing a growing consciousness to harness its resources and assert its identity.

“The theme of the conference is: “Reclaiming and Recovering Our Stolen Legacy: Building a New African Consciousness and Reality.”

“The conference will feature prominent Afro-centric and pan-African scholars from both the continent and the Diaspora. Among those will be Dr Molefi Kete Asante, author of 74 books and over 500 articles on Africa and the African Diaspora, and Professor Munashe Furusa, Vice Chancellor of Africa University,” said Dr Gwekwerere.

He said the pan-African organisation wanted to enshrine African history, culture and consciousness as the central narrative to bring about a new vision of African unity and foster an Afro-centric consciousness to help in decolonising African human and intellectual capital for the purposes of an African Renaissance.

“To date, Afrocentricity International has hosted three international conferences and is coming to Africa for the first time. We are therefore looking forward to a truly historic conference and we shall be greatly honoured to stand side by side with you, raising our voices for a genuinely free and self-sustaining global Africa at Afrocentricity International 2015 in Harare,” Dr Gwekwerere said.

Dr Gwekwerere said Prof Asante was from the United States, but once worked in Zimbabwe at the old Zimbabwe Institute for Mass Communication under Dr Ezekiel Makunike between 1981 and 1982.

Another prominent scholar expected to address the meeting is Dr Ama Mazama, who is originally from Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.

Both Dr Mazama and Asante are professors in the department of Africology at Temple University in Philadelphia, the United States.

Source : The Herald

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