Minister to grace ‘The Cradle of Humankind in Africa’ event

23Jan 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister to grace ‘The Cradle of Humankind in Africa’ event

NATURAL Resources and Tourism Minister Dr Hamis Kigwangalla is today expected to grace the first event dubbed “The Cradle of Humankind in Africa” to be held at the National Museum in Dar es Salaam.

NATURAL Resources and Tourism Minister Dr Hamis Kigwangalla

Addressing journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Director General of National Museum Prof Audax Mabulla said that all have been set for the event which will draw participants from inside and outside the country.

According to him, the event will offer an opportunity for the public to explore more on the origin of human being in Africa.

It will also draw a number of tourists something that will increase foreign currency and development in the tourism sector.

“The event will involve showcase of early human being foundations, tools and animals who lived four million years ago. It will also demonstrate their lifestyles and environments,” he said.

For her part, the showcase’s coordinator Dr Agnes Gidna said the event has been collaboratively being organised by National Museum, Alcala University, Madrid; CosmosCixa Museum in Barcelona, Spain.

 “We also commended Twiga Cement for sponsoring the whole event. It will also be accompanied by seminars and training concerning early humankind issues, presentation of different researches conducted by Oldivai Gorge and Laetoli,” she said.

She added that the event will also involve showcase of early human footprints found in Laetoli in 1978 which were left by an early human known as Australopithecus and afarensis.

The other area to be showcased is part of life history of homo erectus humankind. This community resembles much with current human beings.

“The other showcase will be Homo sapiens who started to emerge in Africa 200,000 years ago,” she added.

She urged the public to attend the showcase and the training that will be provided for them to be fed well on the history of early humankind.

“Researchers and experts from inside and outside the county will train well on the history of human kind to enable people also value the history. They includes Prof Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo from Complutense University in Spain, Prof Audax ZP Mabulla and Dr Agness Gidna,” she added.