Africa launches 1st edition of Africa FactBook to dispel misrepresentations: PRESIDENT Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe on Monday signed copies of The Africa Factbook and accompanying letters, which will be distributed to the heads of state and government of the other 54 African Union countries.
The Africa Factbook is Africa’s first-ever publication that tells the African story from an Afrocentric perspective. It is the continent’s first-ever coordinated response to more than 500 years of misinformation and often disinformation against Africa by outsiders.
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa also challenged African intellectuals and the media to take a lead in telling Africa’s story.
“Furthermore, let us draw from our African heritage and knowledge to develop new technologies, innovations, and systems that will improve our agriculture practices, accelerate the industrialisation and modernization of our economies and ultimately lead to a better quality of life of our people,”
The 803-page book was endorsed by the African Union (AU) and published by the Institute of African Knowledge. It was produced after nearly a year of comprehensive research and consultation.
The project, running under the theme “Busting the Myths,” aims to correct in detail, the history of the continent, its contribution to science, inventions, and human development as well as the stories of individual African countries.