Senegal inaugurates this 06 December 2018 in Dakar the Museum of Black Civilizations. This 50-year-old idea, launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor during the first World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966 in Dakar, is taking shape while news has been dominated for the last few days by the question of the return of African works of art in their countries of origin. And this openness is a tough response to the argument of the lack of appropriate infrastructure in Africa, often opposed to requests for restitution of works of art. With an area of 14000m2, the imposing structure whose architecture was inspired by the round huts of Casamance, can accommodate up to 18,000 rooms. The foundation stone of this beautiful building, the construction and development of which was financed by China for more than 30 million, was laid seven years ago under President Abdoulaye Wade (2000-2012). It will be inaugurated by his successor Macky Sall.
As a pan-African project that adds to the fabric of museums in Africa, the CMN will further highlight Africa’s contribution to cultural and scientific heritage while allowing the Toumai continent to look to the future, according to its director Hamady Bocoum.