The African Mobility Organisation has launched the Book of African Records (BAR) project, a publication that chronicles achievements of the highest order by Africans in the fields of science, humanities, sport, statecraft and religion, among other disciplines.
The African Mobility Organisation was founded by Errol Muzawazi, last year’s winner of the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the Year awards after he became the first black African to drive across 21 African countries within a period of six months.
“Only the African himself can speak about his history and successes.
“Only the African himself can emancipate himself from his thoughts and not from the colonial master.
“This inter-generational Pan African Agenda demands more from Africans in terms of breaking records and breaking records means breaking barriers,” said Muzawazi.
“As it is, BAR is ready to enter a new stage of vibrancy and a new portrayal of Africa,” said Muzawazi. The project would be an equivalent of the Guinness World Book of Records, he said.
Speaking at the launch, Tourism minister Walter Mzembi invited Muzawazi to unveil the book at the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly meeting to be held in Victoria Falls next year.
Muzawazi said over the years, Africa had attracted negative media publicity, a development which he attributed to lack of existing records of notable achievements made by Africans.
Project co-ordinator Mazvita Debra Kubwalo said they planned to bring together scattered records of Africa’s successes into one comprehensive document.
“Through the work of our researchers, we anticipate to break the record of having 10 000 African records by the end of the year, and hope to increase the record even further as time goes,” she said