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24 Nov, 28 tweets, 10 min read
HAPPENING NOW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY: His Excellency the President is about to officially open International Conference on African Cultures - ICAC - which those of us in the cultural field know as a key UNESCO-sponsored fixture integrating appreciation of African art, discourse
…on African Cultures and reasoned agitation for the repatriation of Africa’s stolen and pillaged heritage and artefacts.
Zimbabwe was not spared this pillage, with remains of her ancestors, priceless artefacts, flora and fauna, having been spirited to the western world, before, during and after colonial conquest. Although UNESCO has passed a resolution to the repatriation and restitution of
African remains and heritage, the holders of that stolen heritage have stone-walled, reflecting long colonialism and despoliation which continues well into Independence.
Although heavily contested by colonial knowledge-builders, there has never been any doubt that Africa was in the forefront of making World Civilization, as evidenced by, among other things, her material culture!
Whether looking at arms of war, textile, utensils, walking sticks, musical instruments, pottery or garment, Africa stands foremost in world cultures as a creator and contributor to Human Civilisation.
You are struck by the sheer excellence and overwhelming artistic detail in artefacts such as the one below, not to mention the message on social relations and gender roles depicted. There is a way in which tools integrated not just utility, but artistic expression and social
…messaging reflecting a way of African life! Those of us who grew up in the village will readily recognise guyo and huyo as the source of our nourishment and thus life!!!
Not many realize that the roof of the African roundavel, it’s rooftop especially, takes the form of a thrustful female breast, itself the source of life’s nourishment. This is not coincidental; the roundavel was the kitchen, the granary, the bedroom as well as the crib, meaning
…it was at the centre of the African life’s cosmos!!!! The tip of its rooftop thus deservedly represented the female nipple!!!!
The President’s attention was grabbed by a MUTEYO - BIRD TRAP - which Zimbabweans across ages used to entrap birds which destroyed their small grains. The technology involved is simply intricate, and bespeaks of a highly sophisticated and advanced technology!!!!
The DUWO or FISH TRAP - CHIKANDIRA in some dialects - is designed around the strategic principle of easy-entry, as against well-nigh impossible exit!!!!
The President, accompanied by Hon Minister Kirsty Coventry, in front of his audience which includes distinguished leading scholars on African culture and heritage studies!!!!!
Included in the President’s audience is a king from Ghana, accompanied by his imbongi, praise singer, something quite central to African configuration and rituals of power!!!
The King from Ghana and his heavily ornamented retinue!!!!
His Excellency the President intently following proceedings before the official opening of ICAC!!!!!
My young brother and fellow MuHera, Cde Guzha, took the President on a tour of the National Gallery’s priceless collection and exhibition. Cde Guzha leads our Gallery!!!
The King from Ghana donated a mural to the National Gallery depicting Ghanaian heritage pillaged in the 17th Century, but since recovered!!
The President is now addressing ICAC in what has been an eventful and seedy opening co-sponsored by Youth and Culture and Home Affairs ministries!!!!
Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, hosted the first ICAC in 1962 at the same National Gallery. Then, only a few African countries, led by Ghana, had attained Independence. Then, too, denialist scholarship on Africa’s contribution to Human Civilisation enjoyed real apogee!! Of course the
…situation would soon change as Africans took up arms to free themselves and become assertive Nation-states. Only then was UN, through UNESCO, forced to re-evaluate Africa, including challenging a whole epistemology - knowledge structure - which had marginalised the continent.
Those who read - as indeed we all should do - would be familiar with the UNESCO GENERAL SERIES ON AFRICAN HISTORY: an iconic collection of more than ten volumes, starting with an inaugural one on a new historiography that would serve Africa better. Rapid scholarship strides were
…made in West and East Africa, where giant African scholars emerged to challenge western historiography. Woefully, Zimbabwe and greater part of Southern Africa, did not do all that well, with their scholarship remaining indentured to western knowledge systems!!!!
In his address, the President situated the fight for the return of pillaged African heritage within the general, broader context of African emancipation, principally CHIMURENGA CHEPFUNGWA - THE LIBERATION OF AFRICAN MIND AND THOUGHT/KNOWLEDGE - which thrust, the President added,
…should be led by conscious African scholars. He also bemoaned Zimbabwe’s captured human trophies, principally those of chiefs and fighters who led in resisting colonial encroachment in the 19th Century!!!

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