AAC – Take a Journey through Africa’s transdisciplinary biography with everyone a stakeholder
AEON is documenting a ‘Transdisciplinary Biography of Africa’ – with everyone a stakeholder – aimed at addressing stewardship for Africa. AAC is being script-written by leading academics across the world, and choreographed by African students, learning along 20 Pan-African corridors designed to provide pathways and focal points along which learning about Africa origins and cultural history is explored; and where Africa-wise sustainable development of its resources may be realistically achieved.
AAC aims to tell the geologic, biologic and cultural ‘transdisciplinary autobiography’ of Africa along 20 corridors, each with 20 heritage nodes. This project is part of a global initiative to stem the 6th extinction and deal with global climate change. More than 200 scientists, research students and artist are working collectively on a 21 book series and videos and writing unique time-line stories, including the heritages linked to ‘Out of Africa’ and ‘Into Africa’ colonisations. The first 2 books will be published through Springer by end 2021. Three Iphakade graduate students are presently involved in this project and one PhD student is coordinating Corridor 9 – Western Rift Valley – Extreme fish diversity in the great lakes.
Heritage & creative partnership – co-ownership & co-curatorship
By the People of Africa for the people of Africa; and for all the other species of Africa
Across the length and breadth of Africa, each corridor – a belt of territory some 1,000 to 3,000 km in length and 50 km in width, tells a chapter in the epic 4-billion-year story, and each draws the people of the region into co-curatorship. The project invites all 1.1 billion Africans into interpreting and promoting the story of their continent. It is about the synergy between Africa and her people, past, present and future. In merging with the story of their continent, her people, all her people, gain dignity from the soul of the land—as do the prodigious diversity of all other species of life.
READ AAC – A Brief Synopis 2014
Picture yourself as a parent walking hand-in-hand with your child 3,7 million years ago along the shore of a lake at Laetoli in the rift valley of Tanzania. You are en route around midway between the appearance of our earliest known hominoid ancestor Sahelanthropus (from Chad seven million years back) and the present.
‘For the children of today’s world and the children of tomorrow’s world – Nelson Mandela (1999)’
One of a growing family of Australopithecus afarensis, you are engrossed in your present, carrying the baton along the winding path from your deep ancestors to your far-future Homo descendents–us in 2009. You are an inseparable part of our incomparable African story. You and I, and Africa are one. ‘Africa Alive Corridors’ is part of a wider ‘Gondwana Alive Corridors’ project, to be expanded in time to an ‘Earth Alive Corridors’ project.