A general history of African is being prepared by a committee of 20 experts meeting at the University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
A general history of African is being prepared by a committee of 20 experts meeting at the University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The committee was set up by the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and will make recommendations to UNESCO's next conference in October.
An Ivory Coast newspaper, "Fraternite-Matin" said the urgent need for research into Africa's history was created because there was a danger that both oral traditions and written documents would disappear or be damaged and because customs were rapidly changing.
At the opening session of the conference Mr Lambert Amon-Tanoh, Ivory Coast Minister of Education, said the task of the committee was "A synthetic retrospective of the history of institutions and social facts, particularly before the famous conference of Berlin which decided on the partition of Africa.