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African Heritage and Restitution



The restoration of the erased memory of the African peoples started in Douala, Cameroon in 1985 with the creation of the AfricAvenir Publishing House and the construction of a building in 1987 to house the AfricAvenir International Foundation has manifested itself through various manifestations of reappropriation of memory which led in 2015 to the setting up of an 8-year programme articulated in 8 projects. Television stations CRTV, Equinoxe TV, Canal2 International, TV5, France 3 TV, Deutsche Welle TV, Bayerischer Rundfunk TV, several radios and newspapers have devoted several reports and programmes to AfricAvenir on these works of reconstitution of the African collective memory. Project Nr 5 concerns the construction of an 8-storey building called "Maison de la Renaissance Africaine". This building is intended to concentrate and present in various forms everything that contributes to restoring the collective memory of African peoples, memory erased especially over the last seven centuries, and to promote a new international dialogue. The results of research on the contribution of Africans to the march of humanity for 300,000 years in the scientific, technological, economic, political, cultural and spiritual fields will be exhibited. The fall of the great empires, slavery, colonisation, the return of African dynamism leading to a rebirth of the continent will be articulated on the 2nd and 4th floors of the building. The Cheikh Anta Diop Library on the 3rd floor, enlarged and equipped with archives of African memory will accompany the Higher University Institute of Social Sciences and Technology for the African Renaissance (IUSSTRA), a Centre of Excellence for the training of African leaders from the first academic year to PhD/PhD on the 2nd and 4th floors. Four major specialised schools will award university degrees, while offering continuing education for business executives. These training courses focusing on African scientific heritage and contemporary innovations will be accompanied by permanent exhibitions on the contribution of Africans to the march of humanity. Music, theatre, dance, but also sculpture, painting, photography, film, radio, television and the press will be integrated into the first floor of the building with modern infrastructures allowing a renaissance of the arts and interconnection with science and technology.

New Information Technologies will be at the centre of all these businesses. On the 4th floor, objects of ancient technology in Africa making visible the evolution of science, technique and technology on the continent will be displayed alongside art objects that have been preserved in different structures for centuries or millennia, objects that have never left the continent. It is also on this floor that the exhibition of the restitution and circulation of African artefacts returned from Europe, the Americas or Asia will be mounted. Contemporary inventions of Africans from the continent and the Diaspora, culminating in the "African Forum of Inventors and Innovators" will be housed in another space on the 5th floor. The Maison de la Renaissance Africaine will thus be the starting point for a memorial tourism. Thanks to its specialised laboratories, it will offer on the 5th floor scientific research residences, residences for inventions and innovations, writing residences, painting residences, sculpture residences, music, theatre and dance residences. Floors 6 and 7 will be reserved for furnished flats and rooms that will enable tourists and national and international organisations organising seminars in Douala to stay in a multifaceted African Renaissance complex. A panoramic restaurant on the 8th and top floor will be of high standing. Proceeds from the car park, the African market on the first floor, floors 6, 7 and 8, as well as the share of each institution installed in the building will ensure the maintenance of the building and the financial sustainability of the African Renaissance House.
Total cost of the project: 3,846,154 EUR/ 4,125,413 US $/ 2.5 Billions CFA
Contribution of the AfricAvenir International Foundation: 300.000.000 FCFA/509.041 US$/457.317 EUR
Contact: Prince Kum'a Ndumbe III, prince@africavenir-international.org,Tel: +237 699562574

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The AfricAvenir International Foundation is an International Non-Governmental Non-Profit Organization based in Douala, Cameroon, whose objective is to work for the African Renaissance, Endogenous Development, International Cooperation and Sustainable Peace. Founded in 1986 by its promoter the Prince and Professor Kum'a Ndumbe III.

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