By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Toyin Falola, “On September 21, a new museum, the Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHWM), will be inaugurated in Ghana.
As a member of the academic board of this impressive project, I can attest to its dedicated commitment to the restoration of the dreams of our ancestors, from the nameless heroes and heroines to the modern intellectuals dating back to the likes of Wilmot Blyden and James Johnson.
In this “pyramid of history,” the unrecoverable dreams of Julius Nyerere and the prayerful hope of Nelson Mandela will be reenacted, as we gravitate towards Nkrumah’s Africa.
We are not letting go of the past to be reborn; we reborn history to renew the future. The signature is ours, in our ageless Adinkra symbol of “He who does not know can know from learning.” The goal is to connect the past to the future: “Our own story inspires our future.”
Museums are about memories, the politics of the past, the vision of the future — preserving that which should not be lost, and the vision of the future — for generations unborn always to know, and remain in the light. The hope is to renew — energise our intellectual prowess and lionise our knowledge into precious values.
The Museum will become the leading learning center on the continent of Africa for the preservation, conservation and exhibition of the story of Africa as told by Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora.
The passionate crusaders will embark on a daunting task of creating a concerted renaissance of African civilisation and cultural ethos, assemble the most erudite minds with deep and passionate concerns for African solidarity. This project seeks to unite Africa, taking a bold step towards the sermons, struggles, and quest of Pan-Africanism.
The platform will be history: the assemblage of crucial information on civilisation and heritage. The eyes will see major African landmarks — walking you through the origin of humans in Africa, making significant stops down to the present-day. With the rich knowledge gained, minds will be liberated. The guests will become knowledgeable and gratified. The lost past will also be discovered.
A renaissance will occur, like that which spurs great modernity. Africa will enter its new world, a united world, with thoughtful muses and speculative ruminations.
If planlessness has ruined many of what we do in Africa, the narrative is different in this case. The structure is in place, comprising an honorary Council of Patrons (African kings, presidents, and eminent personalities), an Advisory Council, a Board of Trustees, an International Academic Council, and the Museum Executive Management Committee.
To ensure the transmission of knowledge, a “syllabus” has been established — to be introduced as part of the making of the museum and revised each year. As you visit the museum and read, the new and old will know about African history from the cradle of humankind to the present, with emphasis on our people — their ingenuity, talents, creativity, and contributions to civilisation.
The lies directed at Black people are too many, from their so-called cannibalism to dumbness, a people cursed by God Himself, without a past or civilisation, and so on. Now, the lies will languish in the inferno!.
This museum will use its epistemic liberation to conquer epistemic violence. As our young men and women learn and relearn, we will save them from epistemic suicide;
They will now look inwards for heroes and heroines.
They will see values in indigenous knowledge.
They will understand our transformational moments.
They will become reborn.
A new birth, a new beginning. Leaving behind the epistemic destruction, the newborn will join us in rebuilding Africa, reviving cultures, promoting Africanism.
Black history matters! The lies will be exposed, new stories will be told.
Blacks are one! The born again will struggle for the unity of Africa, fight xenophobia, and promote dialogue across the rivers and seas. By 2063, we would be there, living in the United States of Africa.
Black Lives Matter! With the creation of this new museum, our babies are safely delivered, to build our revolutionary renaissance in African culture, our civilisation, and ethos, and to demonstrate, without fear or apology, the appreciation of Africa’s contributions to humanity. Now we can tell the world about the birth of an African personality.
Welcome to our new world! A world remade in our image and with our minds.”
The author is Pan- Africanist Toyin Falola who is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Humanities Chair at The University of Texas at Austin and President of the Pan-African University Press.