Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa has approved the production of the Africa Factbook which captures the African liberation struggle story, its trials, tribulations and triumphs.
Africa Factbook is a book that will generate knowledge for the continent and highlight Africa’s historical achievements. It will also become a regional educational tool that enhances knowledge and the pride of African people.
The draft of the book, coordinated by the Institute of African Knowledge chaired by Ambassador Simbi Mubako, was presented to Mnangagwa at Zimbabwe State House yesterday and will be officially launched by the African Union chairperson and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa later this year.
Mnangagwa commended the efforts that were put towards the production of the book and the establishment of an African-themed museum.
Speaking soon after handing over the final draft of the book, Ambassador Mubako said the project is a Pan African endeavour that aims to capture in an African perspective, the continent’s rich history.
The book comprises three sections. The first part is historical, the second part is country specific, describing each country, features of the country, the geography, the history, the economy and many other things
The book was put up together in line with the African Union’s Pan African Vision Agenda 2063 and Aspiration Five which seeks to enhance the strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics of Africa.
The Africa Factbook was conceived after the African Union Commission, which was then chaired by Dr Nkosazana Zuma, recommended that Zimbabwe lead the way in coming up with such a book after she had been impressed by the country’s celebrated African Book of Records.