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lwazi ncanana


the [re]birth of the pan-african narrative in the contemporary age


district six, cape town

[re]-birth, pan-african(ism), narrative, atrocity, culture, identity, heritage, memory, peace


Reflecting on African atrocities, this thesis’ inquiry looks towards:

Building new narratives for the African people; the process and possibilities of peace and a unified Africa; and the role of architecture in the celebration of culture, identity and heritage as the platform where these new narratives are birthed.

Culture and Heritage through various forms of Art (such as visual art, performance art, and literature), have been the mediums of constructing and echoing voices for the African people.

Yet, Africa contributes to less than 1 % of the global creative economy, a failure of these industries to effectively contribute to the global scale.

Thus, questioning the relevance of art forms and art outcomes within the African context.

The Significance of Memory in nation building. (Personal visit to Rwanda Genocide Memorial in 2019)

A lack of memory results in a lack of cultural awareness and thus a lack of appreciation of cultural diversity.

The project is a celebration of culture in an attempt to draw and remind people of African descent of their roots and spirit of Ubuntu. Thus the Architecture becomes the platform and frame in which one can meet and engage with their own and other African cultures - a catalyst for peace - Maumbirwo eRunyararo (architecture for peace).

The dissertation proposes a multifaceted Cultural Place & Peace Museum for African Narratives. It sets and reflects on a journey of individuals and collectives, the play of dark to light, the relationship between architecture and time, a re[birth] of a Pan-African community through the celebration of culture and heritage.


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